Akamai Charts 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
The new sites mark the first major step in Akamai's push to put compute, storage, database, and other services on top of the same underlying backbone that powers its edge network today — a massively distributed footprint spanning more than 4,200 locations across 134 countries.
"Distributed workloads require distributed infrastructure," said Adam Karon, chief operating officer and general manager,
Akamai is taking a fundamentally new approach to cloud computing that shifts how developers and companies build, deploy, and secure applications and data across the entire continuum of computing from core to edge. For the rollout of the new sites, Akamai reimagined conventional data center design principles. In addition to scaling its core cloud computing services, Akamai also used its vast content delivery experience to connect each site to the company's massive global backbone. In doing so, Akamai brings the simplicity, affordability, and accessibility of its
Five New Sites
Strategically located in
- Akamai's new site in
Washington, D.C., puts a stake in the ground in what is often considered the data center hub of the world. Northern Virginiacontains more than half of the total primary data center market inventory in the United States.
- The company's new
Chicagosite gives Akamai customers access to cloud computing services in the fifth top data center market in the world. It's an attractive replication option for latency-sensitive, multicloud workloads running in Philadelphiaand Washington.
- Akamai's presence in
Seattlegives the company access to a growing community of developer and startup customers. Seattleis the eighth-largest market in the U.S.and has become a major data center hub for companies in the Pacific Northwest.
- Its new
Parissite positions Akamai to help companies in the European Unionaddress growing data sovereignty challenges. Parishas the highest density data center capacity in Europe.
- Akamai's new site in
Chennaiwill give the company greater access to one of the largest IT hubs in India. In an April 2023survey of its partners, Akamai found that 48% of respondents in Indiaestimated that between 21-40% of IT budgets would be spent on cloud.
"Next generation applications demand cloud infrastructure that provides dramatically lower latency and better egress than what's currently possible from today's legacy cloud providers," said Karon. "What we're building is designed for that new world. We have a 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 increasingly hear, not only from our own customers but our competitors' customers, is that our edge-in vision solves many of the scale and portability challenges they face with the current 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 simpler SKU management for larger commercial workloads. The new instance types guarantee assignment to the best performing processor and hardware combination available. They can also make it easier to manage multiple deployments and upgrades without complicated SKU matching which can often see in excess of 100,000 changes a month across the top three legacy hyperscale providers. The new premium service, available across each of the company's newly launched sites, adds to Akamai's existing shared and dedicated offerings.
Doubling Object Storage Capacity
Additionally, Akamai announced it doubled the capacity of its object storage product to one petabyte and one billion objects per bucket. The upgrade allows businesses to access higher data volumes to build scalable, performant, and low-latency cloud-native applications and analytics solutions. Clusters with the increased limits will be available in the new sites announced today.
New Global Load Balancer
Lastly, the company announced plans to launch Akamai Global Load Balancer later this quarter, the first of several planned integrated services following Akamai's acquisition of
Akamai Global Load Balancer bridges existing functionality of Linode NodeBalancers for local traffic load balancing, with existing Akamai Global Traffic Manager and Application Load Balancer services. The resulting integration allows customers to select between local and global load balancing across Akamai's network and rapidly expanding number of sites. The introduction of Akamai Global Load Balancer is a critical component of Akamai's connected cloud vision.
The new cloud computing sites and capabilities are part of Akamai Connected Cloud, a massively distributed edge and cloud platform for cloud computing, security, and content delivery that keeps applications and experiences closer and threats farther away. Announced in February, Akamai Connected Cloud builds on 25 years of experience scaling and securing the internet for the biggest companies in the world.
Akamai powers and protects life online. Leading companies worldwide choose Akamai to build, deliver, and secure their digital experiences — helping billions of people live, work, and play every day. Akamai Connected Cloud, a massively distributed edge and cloud platform, puts apps and experiences closer to users and keeps threats farther away. Learn more about Akamai's cloud computing, security, and content delivery solutions at akamai.com and akamai.com/blog, or follow
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