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Solutions Architects on the Performance Specialist Team at Akamai closely work on performance analytics, we do a lot of value confirmations for our customers we show how Akamai Web Performance Solutions benefit our customer's websites. As part of our job, we get a lot of requests from customers who want to compare how Akamai stacks up against their current content delivery network (CDN) infrastructure as well as that of other vendors.

HTTP/2 is here; come and get it!

Since showcasing a production demonstration of HTTP/2 at Velocity in 2014 and announcing broad support in 2015, Akamai has been actively working with hundreds of customers to deliver HTTP/2-enabled websites.

Powers of persuasion

For at least two decades I thought the key to winning people over was to talk persuasively. Use a firm, but cool voice, highlight supporting facts, prepare for objections. Very recently I've started to understand what my longtime friend Chris Paladino had been trying to tell me, though never in direct terms.

Half-baked Patching: More Common Than You Think

In the last year or so I've been looking at Wordpress plugins. I've seen some poorly written code, plugins that had little purpose (one plugin's stated purpose was to only download a copy of itself!) and patches that attempted to fix a problem but weren't thorough enough or didn't follow the official Wordpress recommendations and codex.

Bad code can not only be a threat to the system it's hosted on and the users that use it, but the Internet community as a whole. On Dec. 12, 2015 a zero-day exploit was uploaded to 0day.today by sniper.t. The uploaded text was simply a proof of concept to remotely download /etc/passwd. The exploit abused the plugin author's lack of authentication and file type verification to steal arbitrary files from a victim's server.

The Recipe for SaaS Success Part 2: MINDBODY

In my previous post, I discussed roadblocks to successful SaaS application delivery and IDC's recommendation that most providers partner or buy, rather than build, infrastructure and monitoring cloud services. Now I want to delve into what that process looks like and the business benefits providers can see using MINDBODY, which has perfected their own personal recipe for SaaS success.

Bringing OTT Video to Life at NAB

We are less than a month away from NAB and Akamai has some big plans in store. With the amount of buzz centered around over-the-top (OTT) video, our floor presence is dedicated to bringing OTT workflow and delivery to life. Show attendees can experience a behind-the-scenes look at the technologies that are helping drive the seismic transformation in media delivery and consumption. Each section of the Akamai booth will represent a key component of OTT workflow including capture, cloud, monitor and consume.

The medical device industry is a global industry.  Globalization offers opportunities to increase revenue and decrease costs; it enriches the innovation that drives the industry by enabling collaboration with subject matter experts from across the globe; and it also enables medical device companies to establish global network relationships with suppliers, manufacturing sites, distributors and customers around the world.

HTTP Strict Transport Security (known as HSTS for short) is a security signal that instructs the browser to attempt all requests to your website using HTTPS. In short, with HSTS enabled, a modern browser will never attempt to visit your site on HTTP. Furthermore, the browser remembers this instruction for an amount of time you set. So the next time a user visits your website, their browser won't attempt a HTTP request.

BillGates Malware used in DDoS Attacks

By Bill Brenner, Akamai SIRT Senior Tech Writer

Akamai's Security Intelligence Research Team (SIRT) continues to see the BillGates trojan/bot family of malware being used to launch DDoS attacks. Attackers who control the malware -- first disclosed on a Russian IT website in February 2014 -- can gain full control of infected systems.

Akamai SIRT member Tsvetelin Choranov led the research effort outlined in this advisory.

Life Lessons at NAB

Less than a year out of college and getting ready to cover my first NAB Show as a wet-behind-the-ears trade journalist in the mid 90s, I remember receiving a fascinating (especially at the time) piece of advice. It came from a veteran of many shows, not to mention many trips to Las Vegas, shortly after I was assigned an ambitious list of conference sessions to report on during the week.