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Monitoring innovations in CDN, CDN Federation, Cloud, SDN, Security, Caching, Load Balancing, Video/DRM delivery strategies & tools
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Akamai gives new clues to the future of Internet video delivery

Akamai gives new clues to the future of Internet video delivery | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Akamai has been providing a number of clues about how the company intends to dramatically increase the performance of the Internet for video streaming to support Ultra HD and ultimately match the scale and quality of broadcast TV. One big clue could be found on the Qualcomm stand at International CES 2014 when that company’s subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, was demonstrating its IPQ home gateway. Among other things this included a proof-of-concept client software from Akamai that is designed to optimize the delivery and pre-positioning of content like video and software.


The client software is not a product yet but Akamai is certainly talking as if it will be. Kris Alexander, Chief Strategist, Connected Devices & Gaming at Akamai, says, “The demo offers a glimpse into the future of the Akamai platform as we explore ways to move beyond the edge and onto devices of many types – not only gateways but game consoles, set-top-boxes, Blu-ray players, connected TVs and more.”

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Akamai's data center carbon fight

Akamai's data center carbon fight | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

As operator of one of the world’s largest and most important content delivery networks, Akamai has become one of the poster children for the age of the Cloud and for what may be wrong with it. Greenpeace included it on the list of high-profile tech companies representative of the Cloud’s environmental impact, thereby thrusting the company into the limelight of public scrutiny of the issue.

 

The CDN provider was one of only two companies to receive an ‘A’ on the environmentalist organization’s 2012 report cardthat scores companies on the lengths they go to in reducing their impact on the environment. The other company with an ‘A’ was Google.

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Saffron Digital to Launch End-To-End Ultraviolet Solution Using Akamai at 2013 NAB Show

Saffron Digital to Launch End-To-End Ultraviolet Solution Using Akamai at 2013 NAB Show | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Saffron Digital, which recently joined Akamai’s NetAlliance Partner Program, has leveraged its relationship with the leading cloud platform provider to launch a comprehensive end-to-end UltraViolet (UV) solution. The new solution will enable retailers, content owners, operators and device manufacturers to take advantage of the business opportunities presented by UV. Using a common file format (CFF), UV aims to engage consumers with the ultimate value proposition for premium video content: buy it anywhere and play it on any device you own.

 

Saffron Digital, which has been offering UV-like digital locker services since 2009, has integrated its secure online video platform with Akamai’s Sola Media Solutions and global CDN to create an “out-of-the-box” UV solution that simplifies and shortens time to market. As part of the relationship, Saffron Digital will develop UV storefronts that have its proprietary CFF player at their core.

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5 years after major DNS flaw is discovered, few US companies have deployed long-term fix

5 years after major DNS flaw is discovered, few US companies have deployed long-term fix | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Five years after the disclosure of a serious vulnerability in the Domain Name System dubbed the Kaminsky bug, only a handful of U.S. ISPs, financial institutions or e-commerce companies have deployed DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC ) to alleviate this threat.

 

In 2008, security researcher Dan Kaminsky described a major DNS flaw that made it possible for hackers to launch cache poisoning attacks, where traffic is redirected from a legitimate website to a fake one without the website operator or end user knowing.

 

While DNS software patches are available to help plug the Kaminsky hole, experts agree that the best long-term fix is DNSSEC, which uses digital signatures and public-key encryption to allow websites to verify their domain names and corresponding IP addresses and prevent man-in-the-middle attacks.

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Akamai: How batteries could cut datacenter power bills

Akamai: How batteries could cut datacenter power bills | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

An approach being researched by the content delivery network provider helps reduce the grid-connected load during peak demand periods, when electricity is most expensive.


The approach being researched by Akamai fellow and University of Massachusetts professor Ramesh Sitaraman, proposes using smart batteries within internet-scale distributed networks. The batteries would automatically begin supplying power when server loads hit specified peak levels, helping reduce the need for grid-connected power during those periods, when power usually costs more. They are recharged or replenished during the night, when server loads are usually at their lowest and electricity rates are usually more cost-effective.

 

The batteries could be built into the servers themselves or within the rack. The research currently focuses on lead-acid technology, but it could also be applied to lithium-ion models as well, according to Sitaraman.


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Akamai Launches Cloud-Based Online Video Ad Integration Services

Akamai Launches Cloud-Based Online Video Ad Integration Services | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

In a bid to re-architect and improve upon how online video ads are inserted, this morning Akamai is announcing Ad Integration Services. With Ad Integration Services, online video ads are dynamically inserted in the cloud and delivered using Akamai's Sola Sphere delivery network, eliminating the typical client-side process of the video player calling for the ads.

As Kurt Michel, director of product marketing for media solutions, explained to me last week, the traditional process often diminishes the user experience. That's because the content itself and the ad are competing for last-mile bandwidth as the video player transitions from the former to the latter.  This contention can lead to delays, which in turn leads to viewer abandonment (if you've ever waited for an ad to play you know about this).

 

With Ad Integration Services, the player sees just one video stream, as video ads are dynamically inserted from ad decisioning platforms and ad networks in both linear and on-demand programming, across connected devices. Another benefit of Ad Integration Services is that it relieves online video platforms and other video players of the need to constantly be updated to handle changes in ad delivery. With Ad Integration Services, player providers simply integrate a lightweight, IAB-compliant SDK which supports measurement beaconing for the ads.

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Interview Henri d’Oriola (Akamai) : « L’accord signé avec Orange est unique en son genre »

Interview Henri d’Oriola (Akamai) : « L’accord signé avec Orange est unique en son genre » | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Akamai est leader dans son domaine de prédilection : CDN (content delivery network en anglais) ou comment accélérer la diffusion des contenus sur le Web via un réseau mondial de serveus-cache associé à une couche logicielle d’administration poussée.

 

Il vise une clientèle de sites Web rencontrant des problématiques de pics d’audience (médias, e-commerce) mais aussi des groupes internationaux comme BNP Paribas, Casino ou Peugeot (sous l’angle : comment rendre les applications métiers plus performantes via Internet).

 

Une nouvelle impulsion est donnée chez Akamai qui étoffe ses services (sécurité IT, optimisation Web) et qui étend son réseau de distribution.

Ainsi, fin 2012, Akamai a signé un accord dans ce sens avec Orange en France. Mais il y a des similitudes avec le partenariat tout aussi récent conclu avec AT&T aux Etats-Unis.

 

Entretien avec Henri d’Oriola, Vice-Président Europe du Sud, avec l’appui d’Antoine Drochon, Principal Solutions Engineer chez Akamai Technologies.

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How Akamai’s New CEO, Tom Leighton, Hopes to Speed up Mobile Computing

How Akamai’s New  CEO, Tom Leighton, Hopes to Speed up Mobile Computing | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Co-founder—and now CEO—Tom Leighton plans data-prioritization trials with Ericsson and massive use of distributed devices for transmitting video.

 

He says his company, which has 119,000 servers and delivers between 15 and 30 percent of the Web’s traffic, is working on technologies that will lead to services that prioritize different kinds of mobile Web traffic, use distributed devices for storing or “caching” video content, and compress photos selectively depending on what device you are using.

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Akamai improves data delivery with FastTCP

Akamai improves data delivery with FastTCP | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Akamai Technologies said it has deployed FastTCP broadly across its network, the Akamai Intelligent Platform, improving the delivery of IP content on behalf of its clients, notably including over-the-top distributors of video.

 

FastTCP optimizes the throughput of video and other digital content across IP networks. Akamai picked up the technology with its 2012 acquisition of FastSoft.

 

The algorithms are designed to improve the Internet’s standard Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) performance for high packet loss or high latency network connections. The resulting improvements in streaming media bitrates and reduced file download time help provide an enhanced, higher-quality user experience to Akamai’s worldwide base of Sola Media customers.

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EdgeCast Going After Akamai’s Commerce Business With A Dedicated PCI Network For Internet Retailers

EdgeCast Going After Akamai’s Commerce Business With A Dedicated PCI Network For Internet Retailers | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Dynamic content delivery has been available for a number of years and beyond just basic caching functionality, solutions in the market now focus on route, connection and content optimization. As online commerce sites have grown more complex, they rely on every feature and function of a CDN to quickly and optimally serve users. More importantly, these sites have to cater to higher user expectations across an ever-changing set of devices.

 

EdgeCast new solution, launched last month, which they call “Transact”, combines the concept of a purpose-built platform for commerce with PCI Compliance, front end optimization, more efficient caching and what they say are faster SSL connections.

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Amazon Has A Shot At Disrupting Akamai And The Dynamic Site Acceleration Market

Amazon Has A Shot At Disrupting Akamai And The Dynamic Site Acceleration Market | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Nine months ago, Amazon launched their new dynamic content delivery service in beta and two weeks ago, I posted details on how their product is coming along and outlined new features they have added since launch. Every since Amazon announced their new service, people keep asking me if Amazon will disrupt Akamai’s DSA business and drive pricing down in the market as a whole. While Amazon still has a long way to go before that has the possibility of happening, make no mistake, they are gunning for Akamai, even though they won’t call out Akamai by name.


From purely a features standpoint, Akamai’s dynamic content delivery service still trumps Amazon’s, by a wide margin. But that’s not going to last for too long and little by little, Amazon is already starting to close the gap. Amazon’s working on rolling out a lot more functionality and while they will never be able to compete for 100% of Akamai’s DSA business, they will continue to get stronger and go after more of the business that doesn’t require a ton of professional services. Amazon will never compete for 100% of the market, but they don’t need to. All they have to do is continue to roll out features, add an SLA, lower pricing and prove their dynamic content acceleration services performs well and can scale, with reliability. Of course building all of that out to scale doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s not as hard as some vendors make it out to be and Amazon has the resources to make it happen and more importantly, has multiple lines of businesses to generate revenue from. Amazon can be patient and grow the business over time.

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Akamai Raises the Bar for Web Security with Enhancements to Kona Site Defender [PR]

Akamai Raises the Bar for Web Security with Enhancements to Kona Site Defender [PR] | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Included in the new version of Kona Site Defender are upgraded Web Application Firewall (WAF) capabilities and network layer controls, new user validation capabilities and improved configuration and automation tools that speed both initial deployment and response time to changing attacks. Further, Akamai has developed Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and other modifications to Kona Site Defender. These are designed to make the technology easier to use by Managed Security Services Providers (MSSP) as well as to facilitate tighter integration with existing on-premises security technology. 

Kona Site Defender is an always-on cloud-based web security solution designed to protect an enterprise's most critical online business functions against attacks that can result in millions of dollars in lost transactions and business productivity each year, and even greater harm to brand value and reputation. Using the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ as its foundation, the solution offers highly flexible and scalable protection – that does not negatively impact performance – to customers against a variety of attack vectors including DDoS, as well as web application attacks such as SQL injection, Cross Site Scripting and others. 

Enhancements to Kona Site Defender include:

- Akamai Common Rules set

- New Rate Control Capabilities

- User Validation Capabilities

- Cloud Security Intelligence

- Site Assessment and WAF Rule Update Services

- APIs and MSSP Flexibility

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Akamai State of the Internet Report

Akamai State of the Internet Report | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Each quarter, Akamai publishes a quarterly "State of the Internet" report. This report includes data gathered across Akamai's global server network about attack traffic, average & maximum connection speeds, Internet penetration and broadband adoption, and mobile usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time.

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Akamai Moves to Optimize TV

Akamai Moves to Optimize TV | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The company thinks it can clean up the cluttered landscape of apps that augment TV shows.


Akamai, the Web optimization company whose servers deliver up to 30 percent of Web traffic, is setting its sights on creating a TV technology that can detect what a person is watching and stream secondary content to a smartphone or tablet in near real-time.

 

The aim, the company says, is to take today’s fast-growing but chaotic landscape of TV “companion” apps – such as ones delivering athlete stats to people watching the Olympics, or crime-fighting details to CSI junkies—and make it easier to create and see such additional content.


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Marché CDN 2012 : Activité intense pour Akamai

Marché CDN 2012 : Activité intense pour Akamai | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Cette année a été bien occupée pour Akamai, sur un marché du CDN très dynamique. On pouvait se demander en début d’année 2012 si ce marché, avec l’arrivée des CDNs d’opérateurs et des fédérations de CDN n’allait pas se “commoditiser”. Il semble que ce ne soit pas le cas et Akamai, leader sur ce secteur, prend la voie de la différentiation, sur la vidéo et la QoE en particulier. La société le démontre au travers de plusieurs acquisitions et actions très marquantes cette année.

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