Duncan MacRae

Akamai Launches New Sites, Services, and Features

Akamai Technologies, a cloud company that powers and secures online life, has opened its doors to three cloud computing sites that bring to life the company’s vision for a new kind of cloud designed to meet the needs of modern applications that demand more performance. performance, latency, and true global scalability that current cloud architectures weren’t built to deliver.

The new sites mark the first major step in Akamai’s push to put compute, storage, databases and other services on the same underlying backbone that powers its edge network today, a massively distributed footprint spanning more than 4,200 locations in 134 countries.

Distributed workloads require distributed infrastructure, said Adam Karon, COO and GM, Cloud Technology Group, Akamai Technologies. The legacy, centralized cloud architecture was not designed for the needs of developers and enterprises to deliver better user experiences that increasingly demand more applications and data closer to the customer.

Akamai is taking a fundamentally new approach to cloud computing that shifts the way developers and enterprises build, deploy, and secure applications and data across the computing continuum, from core to edge. For the implementation of the new sites, Akamai reinvented traditional data center design principles. In addition to scaling its core cloud computing services, Akamai has also used its extensive content delivery experience to connect each site to the company’s massive global backbone. In doing so, Akamai brings the simplicity, convenience, and accessibility of its Linode-based cloud computing services to the largest commercial customers on an architecture built for the next decade, not the last.

Five new sites

Strategically located in Paris, Washington, DC and Chicago, with Seattle and Chennai, India opening later this quarter, Akamai’s new headquarters feature new architecture design and new hardware configuration to enable cloud resources scalable and high-performance for commercial users on Akamai’s global network marketplace.

  • Akamai’s new site in Washington, DC drives a stake into the ground in what is often considered the world’s data center hub. Northern Virginia contains more than half of the total inventory of the primary data center market in the United States.
  • The company’s new Chicago office offers Akamai customers access to cloud computing services in the world’s fifth-largest data center market. It’s an attractive replication option for latency-sensitive multicloud workloads running in Philadelphia and Washington.
  • Akamais’ presence in Seattle gives the company access to a growing community of developers and startup customers. Seattle is the eighth largest market in the United States and has become a major data center hub for businesses in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Its new Paris site allows Akamai to help companies in the European Union address the growing challenges of data sovereignty. Paris has the most dense data center capacity in Europe.
  • Akamai’s new headquarters in Chennai will give the company greater access to one of the largest IT hubs in India. In an April 2023 survey of its partners, Akamai found that 48% of respondents in India estimated that between 21 and 40% of IT budgets would be spent on the cloud.

Next-generation applications require a cloud infrastructure that provides significantly lower latency and better output than is currently possible from today’s legacy cloud vendors, Karon said. What we are building is designed for that new world. We have a unique advantage of seeing the cloud from a different angle than most given the nature of our business and customer base. And the feedback we are increasingly receiving, not only from our customers but also from our competitors’ customers, is that our edge-in vision solves many of the scalability and portability challenges they face with today’s centralized cloud options available to them. .

New premium instances

The company also announced new premium instances that deliver consistent performance, predictable resource and budget allocation, and easier SKU management for larger commercial workloads. The new instance types ensure that you’re assigned the best combination of processor and hardware available. They can also make it easier to manage multiple deployments and updates without complicated SKU matching which can often see over 100,000 changes per month across the top three legacy hyperscale vendors. The new premium service, available across all of the company’s new sites, adds to Akamai’s existing shared and dedicated offerings.

Double the object storage capacity

Additionally, Akamai announced that it has doubled the capacity of its object storage product to one petabyte and one billion objects per bucket. The update enables enterprises to access higher volumes of data to build scalable, high-performance, low-latency cloud-native applications and analytics solutions. Clusters with increased limits will be available on new sites announced today.

New global load balancer

Finally, the company announced plans to launch the Akamai Global Load Balancer this quarter, the first of several planned integrated services following Akamai’s acquisition of Linode. New global load balancing capabilities ensure there is no single point of failure by routing traffic requests to the optimal data center to minimize latency.

The Akamai Global Load Balancer combines the existing capabilities of Linode NodeBalancer for local traffic load balancing with existing Akamai Global Traffic Manager and Application Load Balancer services. The resulting integration allows customers to choose between local and global load balancing across the Akamais network and the rapidly expanding number of sites. The introduction of the Akamai Global Load Balancer is a key component of Akamai’s connected cloud vision.

The new cloud computing sites and capabilities are part of the Akamai Connected Cloud, a widely distributed edge and cloud platform for cloud computing, security, and content delivery that keeps applications and experiences closer together and threats further away. Announced in February, Akamai Connected Cloud builds on 25 years of experience scaling and securing the Internet for the world’s largest enterprises.

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  • Duncan MacRae

    Duncan is an award-winning editor with over 20 years of journalism experience. Starting his career as a technology journalist as editor of Arabian Computer News in Dubai, he has since edited a number of digital and technology marketing publications, including Computer Business Review, TechWeekEurope, Figaro Digital, Digit and the Marketing Gazette.

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