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Mobile-app Only: Trend or Fad?

Over the last few years, Indian startups have been disrupting traditional business models and meeting market needs with 'mobile' being the focal point. The world is sitting up and taking notice, as India leads the way with its unique 'mobile-app' only approach to various market needs. Increasingly with the advent of hyperlocal commerce players, app only models have gained traction and many of India's eCommerce giants have either gone mobile or are thinking of moving to the app only model. 

FinTech Landscape Comparison: U.K. vs. the U.S.

If you are a FinTech junkie like myself, you review dozens or articles each week from around the world to try to keep up with the latest hot news and hot companies in this space.  Many of the articles highlight recent startups, or report on the investments banks are making in specific companies or their own innovation centers to keep pace with this hot sector.  It's all very exciting, but it's hard to formulate a deeper understanding of the industry as a whole.

Quality Joins Content on Video Streaming Throne

Within the media industry, we've been told for years that "content is king". With the quickly evolving OTT landscape, I'd argue that the industry is now looking more like a diarchy than a monarchy, with "quality" serving as a second but equal king. 

Operation Profile: Armada Collective

By Bill Brenner, Akamai SIRT Senior Tech Writer

In recent weeks, Akamai's Security Intelligence Research Team (SIRT) has investigated several DDoS attack campaigns targeting Akamai customers. The group responsible for these attacks calls itself "Armada Collective." Its tactics are similar to those used by the group DD4BC, where they threaten the victim with emails warning of an impending DDoS against their website unless a ransom is paid in Bitcoins.

The Holiday Readiness Countdown

It's never too early to prepare when you're a retailer gearing up for the holiday rush, especially with the continued growth in online commerce. Now is usually the time that shoppers begin making their shopping plans, and even start to make purchases. To help prepare, we've pulled together three essential elements for providing an exceptional customer experience during the holidays, and ultimately converting shoppers into buyers! 

The Recipe for SaaS Success Part 1: Make vs. Buy


The demand for cloud solutions is on the rise, driven by new imperatives, delivery choices and requirements for IT organizations. These cloud solutions are changing how IT services are created and delivered. Today's customers are purchasing cloud solutions, not servers, and using SaaS to extend or replace existing applications. Consider the following statistics:

  • The predicted cloud software market size by 2017 is $76.1 billion
  • There will be 2.5x more cloud ISVs by 2017
  • 91% of net new software will be built for cloud delivery in 2015

 

Last  week at Akamai's Edge 2015 Conference in Miami I had the distinct pleasure of spending time with Andi Gall, the enigmatic and paradigm-shattering CTO of Red Bull Media House. This was Andi's second appearance as an Edge keynote speaker, and once again he completely captivated 1,500 people in the live audience.



We are happy to announce that Orange has selected Akamai Cloud Networking to power Orange Business VPN Internet Accelerate. Orange is the first global telecom provider and IT solutions integrator to deliver multinational corporations end-to-end cloud network solutions across the globe, based on Akamai Cloud Networking Optimized Internet Transport.

The Torte Botnet: A SpamBot Investigation

By Bill Brenner, Akamai SIRT Senior Tech Writer   

Akamai released a new whitepaper today about a spambot investigation conducted by Chad Seaman, a Senior Security Response Engineer from Akamai's Security Intelligence Research Team (SIRT).

Attackers are using a multi-layered, decentralized and widely distributed botnet to launch coordinated brute-force spamming campaigns. Chad named it the "Torte" botnet because its structure resembles a multi-layered cake.

The botnet is fairly large and uses both elf binary and php based infections. The portions that could be mapped account for over 83,000 unique infections across 2 of the 4 infection layers. While binary infections only target Linux, other php-based infections were found running on all major server operating systems -- Windows, Linux, os x, Unix, SunOS, and variants of bsd.

The paper examines Akamai's SIRT investigation, findings and recommended defensive measures.

Family Reach Gets Out of the Kitchen with Akamai

In my work with Family Reach, an organization that helps families battling cancer with out-of-pocket medical expenses and everyday living costs, I learned of a striking statistic: The number one cause of financial bankruptcy for families is paying for the costs associated with cancer.

This statistic is one that Family Reach helps to combat every day, and one of the key drivers of its upcoming Cooking Live event. Created by chef Ming Tsai four years ago, Cooking Live brings together some of the nation's top celebrity chefs to raise awareness of the impact of cancer on families and to cook for some of the families involved with Family Reach.

Cooking Live takes place on Monday, November 2, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. ET. Renowned chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Bryce Shuman, Ken Oringer and Johnny Iuzinni will join host Ming Tsai and celebrity sous chefs Emily Blunt and John Krasinski as they prepare a five-course meal while addressing the serious needs Family Reach addresses on a daily basis.