Akamai argest distributed computing platform ?
Akamai has placed 250,000 servers in 4,000 locations across 140 countries, making this the largest distributed computing platform in the world.
Google has more than that.
The future of enterprise IT is not in centralised clouds, but in a complex interplay between massive core data centres and small edge locations. So said Akamai cofounder and CEO Tom Leighton as he kicked off his company's annual shindig in Las Vegas. "They say that the best place to put your infrastructure is in data centres …
yes, Google has more servers - but in far fewer locations. the same applies to Micrsoft and Amazon - far more servers, but in fewer locations than Akamai
the phrase should possibly have been "widest distributed computing platform" - or something similar.
It sounds great until you realise that those 4000 locations are mainly in the top 10-20 countries, and America really dominates. Akamai does do some very impressive stuff but let's not kid ourselves that any of these companies really care about the other 5 billion in the world
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One common misconception is that the last mile is the bottleneck.
I always have to ask, which last mile? The consumers have a last mile, but also the business hosting the servers have their own last mile. Some businesses cannot afford a terabyte per second connection, so they find someone like akamai to so that for them. It becomes cost effective if they don't need it for the 24/7.
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