Lydia Leong

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Instart Logic launches a new kind of acceleration service

by Lydia Leong  |  June 17, 2013  |  Comments Off

There have been three core techniques for accelerating content and application delivery over the Internet — caching (“classic” CDN), network optimization (think protocol tricks, like F5 Web Application Accelerator on the hardware side, or Akamai DSA on the service side), and front-end optimization (FEO, think content re-write, like Aptimize/Riverbed or Strangeloop/Radware on the software side, […]

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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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Performance can be a disruptive competitive advantage

by Lydia Leong  |  December 1, 2011  |  1 Comment

All of us are used to going to travel sites, especially for airline tickets, and waiting a while for the appropriate results to be extracted and displayed to us. I recently saw Google Flight Search for the first time and was astonished by its raw speed — essentially completely instant. I frequently talk to customers […]

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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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Yottaa, 4th-gen CDNs, and acceleration for the masses

by Lydia Leong  |  November 13, 2011  |  Comments Off

I’d meant to blog about Yottaa when it launched back in October, because it’s one of the most interesting entrants to the CDN market that I’ve seen in a while. Yottaa is a fourth-generation CDN that offers site analytics, edge caching, a little bit of network optimization, and front-end optimization. While CDNs of earlier generations […]

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The Global Internet Speedup Initiative

by Lydia Leong  |  August 31, 2011  |  Comments Off

The rather prosaically-named, if accurately and precisely named, IETF draft specification, “Client Subnet in DNS Requests” (“edns-client-subnet”), has gotten some breathless marketing spin as the Global Internet Speedup Inititative. I blogged about this about a year and a half ago: “Google’s DNS protocol extension and CDNs“. See that post for a deeper analysis. (I also […]

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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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Citrix invests in Cotendo

by Lydia Leong  |  June 16, 2011  |  Comments Off

On the heels of the announcement of an Akamai/Riverbed partnership, Citrix has taken an investment in Cotendo, and announced the development of an integrated ADC/CDN solution. This is a different sort of deal than Akamai/Riverbed. Whereas that deal addresses a particular use case — enterprises who want to accelerate a SaaS solution but the SaaS […]

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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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