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Welcome to the Akamai Platform Update! We're presenting an entire week of learning about Akamai's recent product updates. Each day, we'll highlight our latest innovations in each area of the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
For more than 20 years, Akamai's customers have trusted our global edge platform to deliver their content, secure their web applications, and accelerate end-user experiences. As the basis for our mapping functions, Akamai DNS has always been essential to the reliability and performance of our platform and our services, and our popular authoritative DNS services -- Edge DNS and Global Traffic Management (GTM) -- are a direct result of the
Homes have always been hubs; now they're even more so. Some jobs shifted to work from home, and many children are experiencing distance learning at bedroom desks or kitchen tables or whatever is available. Traditional workplaces like large businesses, government agencies, and other organizations have resources to manage security, but most families and small and midsize businesses (SMBs) don't, even though they're exposed to similar threats.
2020 has been a year of epic change as we all work together to minimize the adverse impact of COVID-19. There's been extensive coverage in blogs and media as businesses navigated a rapid transition to remote work for their employees and pivoted to address an entirely new set of security considerations.
This is the first in a series of blog posts that will discuss how smart DNS resolvers can enhance ongoing ISP and MNO network transformation efforts such as the transition to 5G, better integration of Wi-Fi, and new network designs that optimize the edge to improve service delivery and network efficiency.
Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and Continuous Delivery methods have become increasingly popular amongst development and operations teams as a means of maintaining high-performing websites. Code repositories, build servers, and configuration management systems are now industry standards, as these tools replace cumbersome manual touchpoints with transparent automated workflows. Consequently, DevOps CI/CD tools are an effective means of delivering a more reliable end product to customers.
DNS and security have had a long and tangled relationship. The DNS has always been an attractive target since it's a network leverage point. At DNS OARC 30 in Bangkok in 2019, Akamai's Ralf Weber did a presentation called DNS Security: Past, Present, and Future (It's Not Easy) covering numerous DNS security issues that have arisen over the years. Various forms of DNS-DDoS were a recurring theme in the presentation.
New protocols to encrypt DNS traffic, DNS over HTTPS (DoH) and DNS over TLS (DoT), have been a visible Internet topic for the past two years. Akamai participated in the definition of DoH/DoT standards and recently released support in the high-performance CacheServe resolver. Major features include: Integration of DoH/DoT in CacheServe, alongside legacy UDP and TCP protocols Initial performance tests show scaling up to 500,000 active DoH/DoT sessions at 1.5
At Akamai, we live by the motto "Intelligent Security Starts at the Edge," which is why we're excited to announce that we are changing the name of our authoritative DNS service from Fast DNS to Edge DNS. If you are an existing Fast DNS customer, rest assured that for now, this is purely a name change. But this announcement also marks the beginning of the next phase in the evolution