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In June 2013, Akamai announced the latest release of Ion. Ion is designed to meet the unique challenges of optimizing the desktop and mobile Web experience. One feature of Ion is a capability known as Real User Monitoring (RUM). RUM takes performance measurements from real Web users to provide developers with insights into performance across a multitude of devices and networks. Ideally, RUM is used in tandem with synthetic testing to
The Asia Pacific region showed very positive year-over-year growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, as shown by the connectivity metrics published in Akamai's State of the Internet Report. With the exception of China, nearly every surveyed country showed positive growth rates across every metric. These metrics include average connection speed, average peak connection speed, broadband adoption, high broadband adoption, and 4K readiness. For additional insight into the various metrics covered
Some of us remember when Amazon introduced the concept of online shopping to the masses, sparking countless debates around the water cooler: How long would Amazon last? Would customers buy in to the idea of purchasing goods on a computer, sight unseen? How would this impact brick-and-mortar stores? Which would survive? While some of these questions have been answered, for others, the jury is still out.
We are more connected than ever before. Mobile devices are ubiquitous, WiFi availability is on the rise, and consumers are accessing information from multiple devices, networks, and locations across the globe. To learn more about the impact the hyperconnected world is having on consumers, Akamai commissioned the 2014 Consumer Web Performance Expectations Survey to build the Performance Matters series.
It's exciting to see how Web Performance is increasingly going mainstream. More conferences have performance talks, more organizations have performance teams, more business goals include performance requirements... It's fun to see what used to be a small community of passionate speed fanatics grow and expand into the broader web tech world. With this broader adoption, it's critical that we also scale how we educate about web performance. We need to expand
Yesterday, the Internet changed: Google has implemented its long awaited algorithm changes to search results. From now on, websites that appear in the search results will be evaluated and ranked on a new data point: mobile friendliness. We have been blogging about how the world is becoming an increasingly mobile place, and that it will continue to be even more so. We've gone so far to consider that perhaps people should
Every day, Akamai services approximately two trillion requests for web content, giving us unique insight into Internet penetration around the globe. In the fourth quarter of 2014, around 803 million unique IPv4 addresses from 239 countries or regions connected to the Akamai Intelligent PlatformTM. This represents annual growth of more than 2.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013.
Internet disruptions are still a frustrating reality in many regions across the globe. The most common types of disruptions generally fall into three categories: accidental (backhoes or ship anchors severing buried fiber), natural (hurricanes, earthquakes), or political (government shutdowns in response to protest). As a provider of customer content across the globe, Akamai is in a unique position to monitor traffic levels in each country or region. The following events
The Internet connectivity in the U.S. showed strong positive growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, as shown by Akamai's Internet connectivity metrics. These metrics include: average connection speed, average peak connection speed, broadband adoption, high broadband adoption, and 4K readiness. For additional insight into the metrics, refer to the State of the Internet Metrics: What Do They Mean? blog post.