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I was ready for a relaxing vacation on the Mexican Riviera Maya where the warm waters and cool drinks would provide the backdrop for a great week.  Making the Internet fast, reliable and secure every day is demanding work so I was happy to temporarily leave my thoughts about Akamai at home, spend quality time with family, and sneak in a book that I've been wanting to read for a while.
It is now three years since World IPv6 Launch, and solid growth in global IPv6 adoption continues at a steady pace.

With over 17% of the country's end-users actively using IPv6, the United States continues to be a dominant force in IPv6 traffic levels and adoption, with the top three U.S. broadband operators and all four of the top U.S. mobile operators actively rolling out IPv6 to their end-users. Other countries including Germany, Belgium, Japan, and Peru continue to have solid IPv6 traffic growth, and network operators in additional countries including Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Estonia, and Greece have started large-scale IPv6 deployments to end-users.

In the past year, we've also started to see announcements of companies moving beyond just dual-stack, with IPv6-only solutions being used to solve real-world problems by companies such as Facebook, Comcast, and T-Mobile US.

The North America Internet registry (ARIN) is also almost certain to exhaust their supply of freely available IPv4 addresses sometime in the coming months (or weeks!).

Akamai has also seen continued progress in our customers dual-stacking their Web sites and applications (to be directly accessible over both IPv4 and IPv6). Akamai now servers deployed with working IPv6 connectivity in 95 countries around the globe in over 1,500 locations and connected to 590 different network providers.

Taken all together, it is well past time to start actively deploying IPv6 for your content and your end-users.
User experience in the context of web performance is an an overused term that's often conceptually understood, but difficult to concretely define. That's why we asked Akamai senior network architect Matt Ringel to help us define and qualify user experience in the context of enterprise application delivery. In his own words: User Experience = User Interface + User Expectation + Desired Outcome.

The Evolution of Mobile

Desktop. mDot. Adaptive. Responsive.

In all likelihood, you've mulled these scenarios over to discern how best to deliver content to your users. Previously, we discussed the challenges of complexity, connectivity, and speed for mobile application delivery in the enterprise. Beyond addressing these challenges, the crucial decision of how to best display your content remains. We outlined the evolution of mobile below to to better guide your content delivery efforts and show you where the application delivery is headed.

After a dozen years in the advertising industry, looking back I remember the first few chapters of online video being written, as more and more content began to make it onto the Internet. A few years later the same online video content was starting to be accessed on mobile devices, and I was trying to pitch a partnership with a video ad network; a couple of executives at the online advertising network I worked at were very skeptical, calling it a fad that will never take off. I remember one saying, "I would never watch a video on a small screen; there's no way this will capture people's attention." 

At that time, people didn't realize how many new handheld devices with different capabilities, screen sizes, and formats would start to emerge and take over the consumer market. They had no idea how these devices would change people's viewing habits, in turn affecting the many content providers and publishers to scramble to produce, publish, and repurpose existing TV content. There were very few advertising agencies that understood online video advertising, and if they did, they would include video ads along with their primary request of banner ads as a nice to have or a bonus in the RFI/RFP. Video advertising CPMs were all over the place because there was very little video content, no standards, and limited tracking, so monetization was not taken very seriously. 



I'm going to Disney World!

For years I've been taking the commuter rail to the Akamai office, and Boston's South Station has served as the prime location for trying to capture my attention with big, print display advertisements. The well-placed ads last month down the stairwell for the new Caribbean resort definitely appealed to my inner desire to quickly escape the dreary, long winter - but the reality of having two young boys in school makes this, unfortunately, only a dream for me. Last year, a beer ad in the same stairwell tried to convince me that "less is more" with the introduction of a new, slim 8.5oz can designed for summer. I'm sorry, but the idea of buying smaller, slimmer cans during the hot summer for the sake of refreshment just didn't jive with me. More is more, right?
1st of a 2-part blog post

SaaS is growing like crazy.

We have all observed the fact that the SaaS market has experienced tremendous growth over the course of the past few years, and that rapid growth is forecasted to continue for the next several years.

Securing Cloud-based Media Workflows

You can call the trend whatever you'd like, but content preparation workflows are all moving in the same direction--toward the cloud. In the follow-up e-book on The Rise of the Software-Empowered Video Operator, we explore this push and how it's impacting our industry. The benefits for moving towards a cloud-based workflow can almost seem unlimited, but a couple of key ones always float to the top.

World Cup 2014: The Drama in the Data

The excitement and drama of this year's World Cup combined with huge connected audiences, more devices and higher Internet connection speeds helped drive unprecedented levels of live online video streaming. FIFA itself called the tournament "the biggest multimedia sporting event in history." 

According to Mediaset España, the World Cup drove significant traffic thanks to the increasing use of mobile devices. "We needed to provide our users with high-quality experiences regardless of what device they used or the location from where they accessed our content," explained Jorge Martín Ibarra, IT Director at Mediaset España. Ibarra said they chose to work with Akamai because they "were confident that the breadth of the Akamai cloud services, including high-quality video, site performance and security would improve the viewer experience while watching the tournament."

By helping more than 50 rights-holding customers live stream every match into over 80 countries, Akamai was afforded a unique vantage point of traffic patterns and trends during the tournament (Ok, and maybe catch a match or two while we were at it.). While we're leaving it to the rights holders to reveal details on their respective streaming figures, engagement rates, device usage and the like, we've been able to draw some interesting observations from the overall traffic that was delivered across the Akamai Intelligent Platform. 

The numbers below are all measured in Terabits per second (Tbps). For some simple context, 1 Tbps is the equivalent of downloading the 1981 classic soccer film, "Victory" (Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Pele), 625 times per second.

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The Netherlands-Argentina World Cup semifinal traffic peak of 6.9 Tbps is the equivalent of downloading 4,312 copies of "Victory" every second.

Welcome to the Future

This has been an amazing year in online video streaming at Akamai. Between the 96 live games of the Sochi Olympics, the 64 games of the World Cup, and a variety of other high profile live streaming events (remember the Super Bowl?), the Akamai support teams have certainly earned a summer vacation. Of course, since Akamai supports a lot more web activity above and beyond these high profile events every day, some of the team members are going to have to stick around, because the Internet does not take vacations.
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