Profile: Akamai Technologies Inc (AKAM.O)
19 Dec 2014
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Akamai), incorporated on August 20, 1998, provides content delivery and cloud infrastructure services for the delivery of content and applications over the Internet. The Company’s solutions range from delivery of conventional content on Websites, to tools that support the delivery and operation of cloud-based applications, to live and on-demand streaming video capabilities all designed to help its customers interact with people accessing the Internet from myriad devices and locations around the world. The Company offers five solutions designed to meet the online business needs of its customers: Terra, Aqua, Sola, Kona and Aura. In December 2012, the Company acquired Verivue, Inc. In September 2012, the Company acquired FastSoft, Inc. In March 2012, the Company acquired Cotendo, Inc. In February 2012, the Company acquired Blaze Software, Inc. Effective November 11, 2013, Akamai Technologies Inc acquired Velocius Networks. In February 2014, Akamai Technologies Inc completed the acquisition of Prolexic Technologies Inc.
The Company’s Terra solutions are designed to improve the operation of applications used by enterprises to connect with their employees, suppliers and customers. Traditionally, this market has been addressed by hardware and embedded software products. Terra Alta is an application management service and Web accelerator that extends managed application delivery optimizations from the edge of the data center to the edge of the Internet. It is intended to spur application adoption for business applications. Terra Alta is built for the cloud; it is designed to instantly configure and provide improvements in application acceleration and application performance management in both private and public cloud computing environments. This service is appropriate for companies involved in technology, business services, travel and leisure, manufacturing and other industries where there is a focus on Internet-based communication with remote customers, suppliers and franchisees.
The Company’s Aqua solutions are designed to accelerate business-to-consumer Websites that integrate rich, collaborative content and applications into online architecture. It provides whole-site and object delivery for its customers' Websites. Specific solutions include Aqua Ion, Aqua Ion Mobile, Dynamic Site and Accelerator. The Company’s Aqua Ion solution consists of an integrated suite of delivery, acceleration, and optimization technologies that make real-time Web experience optimization decisions based on the requirements of the given situation. In particular, it uses front-end optimization techniques based on analysis of the end user's Web application,n as well as real-time conditions specific to the end-user's environment,t such as browser, device, network speed and usage of third-party service. Aqua Ion Mobile extends the acceleration and optimization technologies to help provide end users with optimal mobile Web or connected native application experiences. Dynamic Site Accelerator provides delivery, load balancing and storage of content and applications, enabling businesses to focus valuable resources on strategic matters, rather than on technical infrastructure issues. Its Dynamic Site Accelerator solution includes advanced site delivery service features, such as secure content distribution, site failover, content targeting, cache optimization and capacity on-demand.
The Company’s Sola solutions are designed to enable enterprises to execute digital media and software distribution strategies. Customers of these services typically consist of media and software companies. The Sola Media Experience is made up of three key elements designed to provide viewing experiences: Sola Sphere, Sola Vision and Sola Media Analytics. Each element may be used individually to address specific online media needs or together as a platform for online content distribution. The Sola Sphere HTTP delivery network supports progressive media downloading and adaptive bitrate streaming to a variety of player platforms, including Flash, iOS/Quicktime, Silverlight, and HTML5. Sola Sphere's global reach, reliability, and rapid scalability are designed to address the toughest media delivery challenges. In addition, its NetStorage solution provides globally-distributed, cloud-based storage that may be used for content origin, workflow staging, and advanced feature enablement, such as DVR-enabled live streaming. Its Sola Vision cloud-based media streaming and distribution solutions serve content across video devices, while delivering turn-key solutions in a secure, efficient, and open media work flow. These solutions include transcoding and stream packaging services; an Akamai media player that incorporates advanced heuristics and network server mapping designed to support video delivery; content protection and conditional access technologies; identity services, and digital locker services.
The Company’s Sola Media Analytics solution is designed to provide its customers with quality of service and other measurement capabilities for post event analysis, real-time quality awareness, and the ability to troubleshoot issues to the individual viewer level. The Company’s Sola Software Distribution solution handles the distribution of software for its customers. Its network is designed to withstand large surges in traffic related to software launches and other distributions with a goal of improved customer experiences, increased use of electronic delivery and online product launches. It also offers a number of tools to enhance the effectiveness of this distribution model, including electronic download receipts, storage, a download manager that provides end users with control over the handling of files received and reporting. This solution is appropriate for software companies of all types, including consumer, enterprise, anti-virus and gaming software companies.
The Company’s Aura Network Solutions is a line of managed and licensed content delivery network (CDN), offerings designed specifically for network operators to build their own CDN capabilities. Managed CDN provides a network operator with CDN capacity that is available for its content applications or third party CDN services. Akamai servers are deployed inside the operator network and are managed by it on behalf of the network operator. Licensed CDN provides a network operator with software it can deploy into its network to improve content delivery capabilities. These solutions include technology it acquired through its purchase of Verivue, Inc. In particular, it licenses software that offers a unified caching technology to support a variety of workloads, ranging from hyper text markup language (HTML) to high definition video streaming. It offers Aura Accelerated Network Partner Program. Under this program, a network operator installs Akamai caching servers inside its network data centers. The program is designed to enable network operators to offer subscribers an end user experience for content and services.
Akamai Technologies Inc
8 Cambridge Center
CAMBRIDGE MA 02142