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Rapidly changing technology is disrupting the way retailers and consumers interact with each other and creating avenues of interaction that were not even possible a few years ago.  However, this pace of change and the pure volume of available solutions can be overwhelming and make it difficult for retailers to prioritize solutions that can really help them move the needle.

Performance Beyond Caching - Front End Optimization

"The level of stress caused by mobile delays was comparable to watching a horror movie" 

Source: Ericsson Mobility Report                   

As the above quote highlights, Performance Matters today more so than ever before. Having a fast and reliable website is expected and for many organizations, performance has become a mission critical goal. Now, we've all heard the old saying, cache is king. The goal was to cache as much content and as close to the end user as possible to achieve maximum performance. Pretty simple concept, but for anyone that has attempted this in practice without an intelligent Content Delivery Network (CDN) can certainly attest the challenge is immense. 

Is A Picture Really Worth A Thousand Words?

"Judging by the current explosive growth of images on the Internet, a picture may be worth much more than a thousand words," wrote Jason Miller, our Chief Strategist of Commerce, in his recent article - Is A Picture Really Worth A Thousand Words - published in Innovative Retail Technologies.

The Changing Face of Video Game Innovation

Take 5 seconds to reflect over the last 10 years of gaming. It shouldn't be that hard... I recently covered 40 years of game history in one page. Fine, take 20 seconds. In the last decade, what have been the real needle-moving innovations in the video game industry?

Last week, American Banker hosted its brand new conference, Cybersec 2016 in Midtown Manhattan. Penny Crosman (@pennycrosman), Editor at Large, American Banker, did a great job as chair of the event and brought together thoughtful presenters and panelists. There were great insights from leaders in the industry from BBVA, Bank of the West, USAA, Mastercard, U.S. Bank, and many others. It was a fantastic day of information sharing - exactly what we need more of within the Financial Services Industry.

Akamai SIRT details a timeline of DDoS campaigns against MIT

Akamai SIRT has published a new case study detailing a series of DDoS attack campaigns against the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) network. So far in 2016, MIT has received more than 35 DDoS campaigns against several different targets which have been mitigated by at least one of our cloud solutions.

The new case study authored by Wilber Mejia outlining the DDoS campaigns and attack methods utilized can be downloaded here.

 

Reflections on Video Game Industry Inflection Points

We think often about the history of video games in terms of console generations (we're in the 8th, in case you're wondering). I think about the last 40 years of gaming in terms of experience eras; specifically, what kinds of inflection points have come before, and what they felt like for us players.

In June 2012, Akamai launched the "Akamai IO" data visualization tool, with an initial data set that highlighted browser usage across PCs and other connected devices connecting to Akamai via fixed and mobile networks. The data used for Akamai IO is sampled from nearly three trillion requests for content that Akamai handles each day.  It also makes use of Akamai's EdgeScape IP address geolocation tool to help identify IP addresses belonging to mobile/cellular network providers, which allows us to break out connections from those providers separately within the visualization tool. While we feature data from Akamai IO in each quarter's State of the Internet Report, we thought it would be interesting to look at longer term trending for mobile browser usage as part of the MobilePerf blog series.

Akamai Mitigates httpoxy Vulnerability

Dominic Scheirlinck and the httpoxy disclosure team disclosed a vulnerability on Monday, July 18th that affects many PHP and CGI web-apps.

Many origin web applications (particularly PHP and CGI applications) unsafely trust the "HTTP_PROXY" environment variable when generating forward requests. The CGI spec (which PHP also follows) calls for the incoming header to be converted to an environment variable before executing the cgi application. The conversion specifies that "HTTP_" be prepended to the incoming header name. This means that an attacker can set the "HTTP_PROXY" environment variable for a vulnerable application by sending a "PROXY" HTTP header.

One of the most frustrating experiences online is waiting for a page to load, or trying to complete a transaction for that 'must have' item, and being greeted with an unresponsive screen.  In fact, Akamai's 2015 Performance Matters report found that 49% of consumers expect a page to load in two seconds or less. As consumers' expectations for page load-speed increases, their patience for slow-loading websites decreases. Currently, only 51% of consumers "wait patiently" for a website to load, compared to 63% five years ago.