Lydia Leong

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Amazon CloudFront gets whole site delivery and acceleration

by Lydia Leong  |  May 14, 2012  |  Comments Off

For months, there have been an abundance of rumors that Amazon was intending to enter the dynamic site acceleration market; it was the logical next step for its CloudFront CDN. Today, Amazon released a set of features oriented towards dynamic content, described in blog posts from Amazon’s Jeff Barr and Werner Vogels. When CloudFront introduced […]

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Akamai buys Cotendo

by Lydia Leong  |  December 23, 2011  |  1 Comment

Akamai is acquiring Cotendo for a purchase price of $268 million, somewhat under the rumored $300 million that had been previously reported in the Israeli press. To judge from the stock price, the acquisition is being warmly received by investors (and for good reason). The acquisition only impacts the website delivery/acceleration portion of the CDN […]

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Cotendo’s potential acquisition

by Lydia Leong  |  December 1, 2011  |  Comments Off

Thus far, merger-watchers eyeing the rumored bidding for Cotendo seem to be asking: Why this high a valuation compared to the rest of the CDN industry? Who are the potential suitors and why? What if anything does Cotendo offer that other CDNs don’t? How do the various dynamic offerings in the market compare? Who else […]

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What makes Akamai sticky?

by Lydia Leong  |  August 23, 2011  |  Comments Off

There’s one thing in particular that tends to make Akamai customers “sticky” — the amount the customer uses professional services. The more professional services a customer consumes from Akamai, the less likely it is they’ll ever switch CDNs. In short: The more of a pain it’s been for them to integrate with Akamai’s CDN (usually […]

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Limelight Networks buys AcceloWeb

by Lydia Leong  |  May 25, 2011  |  Comments Off

I am way behind on my news announcements, or I’d have posted on this earlier: Limelight has bought AcceloWeb. AcceloWeb is a front-end optimization software company (sometimes called Web content optimization). FEO technologies improve website / Web application performance, through optimizing the HTML/CSS/JavaScript/images on the page. I’ve blogged about this in the past, regarding Cotendo’s […]

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Akamai and Riverbed partner on SaaS delivery

by Lydia Leong  |  May 15, 2011  |  2 Comments

Akamai and Riverbed have signed a significant partnership deal to jointly develop solutions that combine Internet acceleration with WAN optimization. The two companies will be incorporating each other’s technologies into their platforms; this is a deep partnership with significant joint engineering, and it is probably the most significant partnership that Akamai has done to date. […]

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Akamai sues Cotendo for patent infringement

by Lydia Leong  |  November 11, 2010  |  1 Comment

How to tell when a CDN has arrived: Akamai sues them for patent infringement. The lawsuit that Akamai has filed against Cotendo alleges the violation of three patents. The most recent of the patents, 7,693,959, is dated April 2010, but it’s a continuation of several previous applications — its age is nicely demonstrated by things […]

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Netflix, Akamai, and video delivery performance

by Lydia Leong  |  November 9, 2010  |  Comments Off

Dan Rayburn’s blg post about the Akamai/Netflix relationship seems to have set off something of a firestorm, and I’ve been deluged by inquiries from Gartner Invest clients about it. I do not want to add fuel to the fire by speculating on anything, and I have access to confidential information that prevents me from stating […]

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Google’s mod_pagespeed and Cotendo

by Lydia Leong  |  November 8, 2010  |  3 Comments

Those of you who are Gartner clients know that in the last year, my colleague Joe Skorupa and I have become excited about the emergence of software-based application acceleration via page optimization approaches, as exemplified by vendors like Aptimize and Strangeloop Networks. (Clients: See Cool Vendors in Enterprise Networking, 2010.) This approach to acceleration enhances […]

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Next round, Akamai vs. Limelight

by Lydia Leong  |  April 27, 2009  |  Comments Off

In CDN news this past weekend, a judge has overturned the jury verdict in the Akamai vs. Limelight patent infringement case. Akamai has said it intends to appeal. The judge cited Muniauction v. Thomson Corp. as the precedent for a judgement of law, which basically says that if you have a method claim in a […]

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