Akamai charts the course for the next decade of cloud computing with new sites, services, and capabilities

New global sites challenge legacy cloud architecture by opening the door to a modern, distributed design for cloud computing

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), the cloud company that powers and secures life online, today 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 require higher performance, lower latency, and true global scalability, current cloud architectures weren’t designed 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, chief operating officer and general manager, Cloud Technology Group, Akamai Technologies. “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 a Paris, Washington DCAND Chicagowith Seattle AND Chennai, India Opening later this quarter, Akamai’s new sites feature a new architecture design and hardware configuration to enable high-performance, scalable cloud resources for commercial users on Akamai’s global network.

  • Akamai’s new site at Washington DCputs a stake in the ground in what is often thought of as the data center hub of the world. Northern Virginia contains more than half of the primary data center market’s total inventory the United States.
  • The company is new Chicago site offers Akamai customers access to cloud computing services in the world’s fifth largest data center market. It’s an attractive replication option for running latency-sensitive multicloud workloads Philadelphia AND Washington.
  • The presence of Akamai in Seattle gives the company access to a growing community of developers and startup customers. Seattle it is the eighth largest market in the United States and has become a major data center hub for businesses in the Pacific Northwest.
  • It’s new Paris site proposes 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 site at Chennai will give the company greater access to one of the largest IT hubs in the India. In a April 2023 survey of its partners, Akamai found that 48% of respondents in India estimated that between 21 and 40 percent 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 the unique advantage of seeing the cloud from a different perspective than most, given the nature of our business and customer base. And the feedback we are increasingly receiving , not just from our customers, but 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 Akamai’s 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.

Learn more about Akamai Connected Cloud AND Cloud Computing Services from Akamai is available on the Akamai website.

Learn about Akamai Technologies
Akamai powers and protects life online. Leading companies around the world choose Akamai to build, deliver and secure their digital experiences by helping billions of people live, work and play every day. Akamai Connected Cloud, a widely distributed edge and cloud platform, brings apps and experiences closer to users and drives threats away. Learn more about Akamai’s cloud computing, security, and content delivery solutions at akamai.com and akamai.com/blog, or follow Akamai Technologies on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Mike Maney
Akamai Media Relations
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Tom Bart
Akamai Investor Relations
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SOURCE Akamai Technologies, Inc.

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