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Moving everything closer to the edge is the key to delivering better, faster experiences to people through billions of devices around the world. The idea of edge computing isn't new -- Akamai customers have been caching content at the edge for decades, taking advantage of lower latency and heightened security. But now many companies are taking that idea further, using Akamai EdgeWorkers to deploy custom code at the edge. EdgeWorkers
The first rule of edge compute thought leadership is: don't overuse the term edge. Over the course of my blog series on the topic, I have defined the edge, explained edge computing, and discussed the economics of edge computing. There have also been a few articles in which I've discussed how confusing this can all be for people to understand. In an effort to tie it all together, I wanted
The edge is becoming more critical in a world of 5G and IoT. I've seen the evolution from 1x to 3G to 4G and now 5G over the many years I've worked in the mobile space, and 5G and IoT will drive the biggest changes we have seen on the edge in 10 or 20 years.
Do the math. For the past decade, digital businesses have been investing in digital transformation initiatives. The promise is to increase top-line growth while maximizing customer lifetime value. As infrastructure improves, IT spending is shifting from the cloud to the edge. But while edge computing makes headlines, can you expect a meaningful return?
By now, we hope you've read Monday's and Tuesday's blog posts announcing the release of our annual sustainability report, our sustainability program, and the technical innovation behind it.
Over the past 20 years, we've seen a lot of growth at Akamai. When I started at Akamai, we used to have traffic peaks of almost 200 Mbps. From that fledgling startup, Akamai has now grown to such a scale that we almost doubled network capacity in 2020 and were able to serve peaks of almost 200 Tbps. In short, just like the internet, Akamai has undergone quite the evolution.
If I had a dollar for every time I heard "2020 was an unprecedented year", I could fund a clean energy project myself. And while we're tired of hearing it, it's true. Among the pandemic, U.S. presidential election, social justice movements, the finalization of Brexit, and many other new and life-changing events, it can be hard to find the good, let alone celebrate it.
Microservice architecture has transformed the way we develop and operate our applications. Microservices aren't a technology or a programming language. Instead, they create a structure for designing and building applications based on the idea that the individual functions of a website should operate independently. From this simple concept comes a multitude of benefits including:
A database back end for your application is vital, and odds are that your database is a relational database or a "not only SQL" (NoSQL) database. Relational databases have dominated the software industry for decades, even as other technologies have radically changed around it. A relational database management system (RDBMS) should be understood as though management system is in bold type, as you must actively manage the data contained within