Technologies, is the largest provider of content delivery network (CDN) services,
which increase the speed of e-commerce transactions, business software
downloads and video streaming to mobile devices. The goal of a CDN is to serve content to
end-users with high availability and high performance. Headquartered in
Massachusetts, United States, the company operates a network of servers around
the world and rents out capacity on these servers to customers who want their
websites to work faster by distributing content from locations close to the
When a user navigates to the URL of an Akamai customer, their browser is redirected to a Akamai replica of the website. The
company’s content delivery network is one
of the world's largest distributed computing platforms,
responsible for serving between 15% and 30% of all web traffic.
- BBC iPlayer uses Akamai to stream its recorded and live programs
- China Central Television Website (CCTV.com) uses the company for streaming video
- Hulu uses video hosting services
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) utilises Akamai's EdgeSuit for its content delivery network
Other customers include Adobe Systems, Airbnb, AMD, AutoTrader.com, COS, ESPN, The Great Courses, Hewlett-Packard, Hilton Worldwide, IBM, J. C. Penney, MTV Networks, NASA, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, NBC Sports, Pearson Education, Red Bull GmbH, Red Hat, Sony PlayStation and Yahoo!.
2017, Nintendo launched its new game console and mobile gaming application
simultaneously around the world via Akamai's Media Delivery Solutions.
Cloud Computing and Security
With a solid understanding and appreciation of
cyber-security, Akamai is increasingly focused on cloud security. Showing clear
signs of sustainable growth in the security market, the company is aggressively
moving its traditional content delivery expertise into the security field,
where the same basic technologies can help both smaller companies and global
enterprises battle denial-of-service attacks. It has reaped the benefits of an aggressive push to cloud security
and its business of speeding up media content delivery stabilised.
commitment to security is why Akamai is trusted by the most security-conscious
industries, including 18 of the largest asset managers, 12 of the top insurers,
and 8 of the top financial technology companies.
unparalleled scale and resiliency of more than 240,000 servers in over 130
countries, clients get uninterrupted customer experiences, intelligence to
optimise devices, and capacity to move huge volumes of data and content.
Akamai is leveraging the demand for cloud security solutions as
the segment witnessed a 37% surge in revenues in 2018. Given the increasing
adoption of cloud services and Akamai's exceptional growth in the segment, the
company seems well positioned to benefit.
Intelligent Platform is a distributed cloud computing platform that operates
worldwide. It is a network of over 240,000 servers deployed in more than
120 countries. These servers reside in more than 1,500 of the world's
networks gathering real-time information about traffic, congestion, and trouble
spots. Each Akamai server is equipped with proprietary software that uses
complex algorithms to process requests from nearby users, and then serve the
secures and delivers digital experiences for the world's largest companies. Top
brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realise competitive advantage
through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud
architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users
than anyone. Akamai's portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance,
enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched
customer service, analytics and 24/7 monitoring.
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