Akamai technology uses edge computing to take on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud

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Akamai Technologies is strategically expanding its cloud computing footprint through a focus on edge computing, aiming to challenge the dominance of AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. By integrating cloud capabilities into its extensive edge network via the generalised edge compute platform, known as Gecko, Akamai is positioning itself to offer unique advantages in terms of latency reduction, enhanced security, and improved price performance. Here’s a breakdown of the key aspects of Akamai’s strategy:

Akamai plans to establish 25 new edge locations by the end of the month, 100 by year’s end, and scale to thousands in the coming years. Leveraging its global CDN infrastructure and recent strategic acquisitions, such as the purchase of Linode, Akamai is converting its 4100 points of presence into edge computing facilities, aiming to decentralize cloud computing services.

Recognizing the challenges in migrating workloads from existing providers, Akamai advocates for a multi-cloud strategy. This approach allows for the centralization of core infrastructure services while enabling specific applications to benefit from the edge’s lower latency and quicker response times.

With a distributed infrastructure that is time-intensive to replicate, Akamai believes it holds a competitive edge over hyperscalers focusing on centralized infrastructure. Its global presence and the sheer number of points of presence offer Akamai a unique advantage in the race towards edge computing.

By establishing edge locations in areas currently underserved by major hyperscalers, Akamai aims to deliver full-stack computing to hundreds of new regions, bringing workloads closer to end-users and offering an optimized network for both content delivery and security.

Akamai’s ambitious expansion into edge computing represents a significant shift towards a more decentralized cloud computing model, challenging existing market leaders by emphasizing proximity and performance. As the company rolls out its edge computing services, it aims to redefine the landscape of cloud computing, particularly for applications requiring reduced latency and enhanced security.

Sources include: Analytics India Mag

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