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Possibly the best part of working on Web performance is the community. It always amazes me how users, vendors, and even competitors work together to make the Web faster. Akamai does its best to support this community, through actions like sponsoring Web performance meetups and open-sourcing tools like Mobitest. However, the most valuable resource Akamai has to offer this community arguably isn't tools - it's data. That's the reason I'm
The 4th Quarter, 2011 issue of the State of the Internet report marks the completion of the fourth year of the report's publication. The report has come quite a long way since Akamai CMO Brad Rinklin walked me through some ideas for it in a PowerPoint deck back in 2008. Customers and partners, as well as media and analysts, had been coming to Akamai seeking a host of data about
Four years ago, when Akamai launched the first State of the Internet Report, the iPhone had just launched, there was no iPad/tablet market and huge swaths of the globe still lacked basic Internet and mobile access. Internet connectivity has changed drastically since then due to technological advances, and this has revolutionized the ways in which enterprises deliver content and consumers expect to consume it. Nowhere is this change more apparent today
According to a published report from Reuters, Iranian residents once again faced a disruption of their Internet access on Monday. Reuters noted:The latest Internet blockade affected the most common form of secure connections, including all encrypted international websites outside of Iran that depend on the Secure Sockets Layer protocol, which display addresses beginning with "https."
To say that Web-based security attacks are on the rise would be an understatement. Consider this: in just the past three years, we've seen an eye-popping 2,000% increase in the number of DDoS attack incidents investigated on behalf of our customers. And while those DDoS numbers are not currently part of Akamai's State of the Internet report (Q3 2011 edition released today at http://www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet/), the attack traffic that we monitor
Since early 2008, Akamai has been publishing the State of the Internet report each quarter - 14 editions in total through Q2 2011. (The next edition, for Q3 2011, is currently being written and will be published in January 2012.) As the editor, it has been very gratifying to see that the report series has been extremely well received, with regular coverage in the industry press (such as GigaOM, ZDNet,