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Akamai tackles inefficiencies of cloud computing

Cliff Saran

Akamai Technologies, which specialises in caching web pages so that users can access them more quickly, is tackling the inefficiencies of cloud computing.

Today, the company's content delivery network is used to cache web pages closer to where they are being accessed, which is an important consideration for companies that are expecting their website to be accessed millions of times, such as a broadcaster streaming a big sports event.

But the content delivery network can also be used to optimise applications for cloud computing.

Tom Leighton, chief scientist and co-founder of Akamai, said, "Services for cloud optimisation are a vital part of our total offering, and go well beyond Content Delivery Network (CDN) cache-based technologies. Akamai addresses the inefficiencies in application, transport, and routing layer protocols, and offers products for enterprises designed to ensure the security and continuity of their cloud-based strategies."

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