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lacking explanation?[edit]

this article lacks an explanation what akamai really does. This article suggests that akamai is just another web host. People want to use akamai because dns request to an akamized host, is dynamically changed depending on your location. Akamai has data centers all around the world at different keep points in the internet's structure. Akamai returns to any dns request, the server closest to your network, minmizing the number of hops needed to get the same data. Akamai is the only people that do that at any scale, and its this that makes them special.

I agree, this article is full of buzzwords and vague phrases, it actually says nothing about what it is. I dont think its bad enough to be an all out advertisement, but its pretty damn close. Cheers, Jonomacdrones (talk) 13:42, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
This article is the way it is because any attempt to say what akamai does was erased, deleted, removed, etc. It seems it's impossible to state that akamai's specialty 99% or more of the time is to deliver trash adverts, being one of the biggest culprits in internet useless and bandwidth-devourer traffic!!! (talk) 20:42, 2 April 2009 (UTC)
This entry is not an advertisement, but it is clearly basically the company's prospectus - "this is what we do, this is how our clients benefit etc" I haven't checked the company's home page, but this article clearly belongs there.

From what others have said this, obviously internet-centred, company keeps a watching brief on its wiki entry and simply keeps it conforming to the company's official profile statement. This ensures that it does not tell people like me what we want to know. I don't know if the more serious accusations on this page are true or not. I do know that the page does not answer the question - what is this company and why do so many of the outgoing requests through my firewall keep going there?

It would be possible for the page to be genuinely informative, without being hostile. As it stands you might just as well have an entry saying, "see the company's website."

It illustrates the real problem of people editing out not just wiki abuse, but editing any attempt to make wiki say something which doesn't fit the media spin. I'm new here, and don't know how to stop this, but if it isn't stopped then the project ceases to be informative.

My belief is that this page should be blocked by the editors, and a link put in saying, "only official company propaganda ever stays here. See their web page." That would at any rate inform the reader what they are seeing.

Jorvikian (talk) 12:56, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

al Jazeera controversy[edit]

Two articles of interest to this entry: 19:07, 26 November 2005 (UTC)

Dolphin: Ake Akamai[edit]

Possibly could add into the See Also section, the wikipedia article for the dolphin Akeakamai, as it is probably one of the only other entries in Wikipedia which shares the same unusual root. This was a dolphin used in animal language research, with several notable appearances in the popular press, from science documentaries with Robin Williams and Richard Attenborough, to insertion into a science fiction novel by David Brin.

Just add this to the disambiguation page. It shouldn't be mentioned in this article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:05, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

Spyware section added[edit]

Based on the wikipedia's own definition of spyware found here it is clear that Akamai is in fact spyware. This opinion is shared by a vast number of spyware sites, many for which show various ways of removing it, and detailed information about it. Dream Focus 09:06, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

Removed per WP:NOR. 15:30, 6 November 2007 (UTC)
Instead of just quoting from one spyware monitoring site, I just mentioned how many sources would appear if you Googled it. What do you suggest? Because this is obviously spyware, as defined by the wikipedia article on spyware. I should just take the first few of the 997,000 sites that call it spyware, and add them to the reference pile at the end of the article? Or just mention that every single major spyware monitoring site that I have come across mentions it as such? The first part read "Since Internet Explorer secretly sends information without your consent to Akamai when started, it can be classified as spyware." Perhaps a tag asking for a reference, but to delete based on No Original Research? Kind of harsh. Anyway, I'll just add in some references, and put it back up there then. If you have any suggestions, then edit and fix, don't arbitrarily delete please. Dream Focus 21:38, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
Please read the article on what Akamai does. Calling Akamai spyware seams utter non-sense, sorry. They are a company offering a Content delivery network. See for example this quote:
Akamai isn't a spyware company, they're a giant webhoster, specialised in load-balanced hosting for companies so that you can ever download files at the best possible speed.
They're quite often used as a download place for automatic updates, for example for antivirus-software.
--S.K. 11:54, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
This is ridiculous and should be read instead as "so that you can ever download LOTS OF ADS at the best possible speed." Marvelous! Fabulous! Wonderful! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:46, 2 April 2009 (UTC)
Agreed. The typical use of a CDN is to deliver unwanted content such as insecure flash ads, popups and data mining tools. This is currently legal, but is ethically lacking. The fact that they perform other things with their services does not make the footnote negligible. (talk) 04:40, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

Possibly, "Akamai NetSession Client" (sometimes installed with other software like Adobe Flash player in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Akamai) need his own article for discussion? Andrej7 (talk) 08:42, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

has this issue and the previous section (biased article, like an ad for this company) been resolved? i can see nothing in the article. today, when i surfed from website A to website B, firefox was paused for half a minute because static.ak.connect.facebook stepped in between. neither website A nor B were in any way associated with facebook. while this is not exactly spyware, it's more invasive and intransparent than blunt advertisement deliverers such as doubleclick. Maximilian (talk) 23:15, 6 August 2012 (UTC)

Background reading: Akamai & SSL[edit]

There is an interesting blog post which may be relevant to this article, though perhaps only as background reading: which is about when a user attempts to connect to an SSL version of a site (hosted by Akamai) by changing the 'http' in the address bar of their browser to 'https' and is confronted by a message declaring the SSL certificate to be invalid. For example, or Cogburnd02 (talk) 09:32, 22 September 2010 (UTC)


From the Akamai NetSession FAQ ([1]), I note the following:

The Akamai NetSession Interface DOES:
enable secure, closed peer-to-peer networking so that websites can deliver files to their users economically and with faster downloads.
Will uploading or sending data overwhelm or saturate my connection?
Only certain websites and applications utilize client-to-client delivery capabilities. For those applications that use this library capability, upstream bandwidth utilization will only happen when the network is underutilized and is intended to be unnoticeable.

My understanding of that is that if you have the NetSession Interface software on your computer (installed as a download manager for some Abode software, for example), it will turn your computer into a web server for other people who are viewing web content that it has cached on your machine. Regardless of whether that content is objectionable ads or stuff you like, it's pretty noteworthy that it's using private computers without clearly disclosing that and without explicit permission. Ccrrccrr (talk) 14:57, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

My belief is that Akamai's 'Content Delivery Network' is a euphemism for a commercial botnet, and as the NetSession program is deployed without user knowledge or consent there is little difference between it and a hacker bot. S.Mc. 25/07/2015

Suspicious Program Activity[edit]

1. The program installs without user knowledge, direct input, or consent. 2. The program's uninstaller from add/remove programs uninstalls absolutely nothing relevant to the programs inherent features and continues to run regardless of being "uninstalled." 3. The program runs 24/7 sending various data. What data? Good question.

For all intents and purposes this looks like spyware disguised as a "helper" tool. But more so, they are using users as mini web servers to host bits of their data so that they don't have too.

Farming zombies, that is what Akamai is doing and it is obvious. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mewi (talkcontribs) 06:17, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

how is this behavior any different than a botnet? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:40, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

Akamai internet data caching and privacy[edit]

I think there should be something on privacy (surveilance?) in this article. This appears to be a company that caches and analyzes internet traffic. There is a news article below that mentions an incident related to selling information. (talk) 00:03, 2 July 2013 (UTC)[edit]

For better or worse, probably something about the use of Akamai CDN for should be researched and included.

30% of all traffic[edit]

The pdf referenced says "Today, Akamai delivers 15- 20% of all Web traffic worldwide", 30% is not stated anywhere in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:38, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

Reputation for 3rd party scripts[edit]

Please check some independent reputation sources for 3rd party scripts from Akamai Technologies

Third party scripts are usually hidden interference with users expected browser behavior. Given its massive presence on the web, it is improbable that there is so little available reputation information without extensive manipulation by specially interested parties.

A thin reputation seems to be a thinly veiled hiding of a poor reputation. Where there are traces, they reflect disrespect for user interests, in favor of undesirable corporate manipulation of human web browsing.
Please check & think for yourself, until you are confident you understand your risks.
--Wikidity (talk) 16:31, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Proposed Akamai Technologies Edits - Feedback Welcome![edit]

All changes proposed were implemented Implemented: 3 October 2014

My name is Jamie Pappas and I manage marketing communications and social media strategy for Akamai. I am working on a project to update our Wikipedia page with factual and relevant information to make it more useful for visitors who may wish to learn more. I am keen to observe the Wikipedia guidelines and etiquette standards of factual, neutral information on our page.

I am going to be proposing changes over the course of the months of September and October 2014 and welcome your feedback on the proposed changes.

JamiePappas (talk) 20:58, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Proposed Introduction: Implemented: 3 October 2014

Akamai Technologies, Inc. is a cloud services provider headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States. Akamai's content delivery network is one of the world's largest distributed computing platforms, responsible for serving between 15 and 30 percent of all web traffic.[1] The company operates a network of servers around the world and rents capacity on these servers to customers who want their websites to work faster by distributing content from locations close to the user. Over the years their customers have included Facebook, Bing, Twitter and When a user navigates to the URL of an Akamai customer, their browser is redirected to one of Akamai’s copies of this website, almost entirely invisible to the vast majority of its users. As of 2009, secure connections (designed to highlight hidden intermediaries) posed a problem to Akamai, and attempts to connect to a popular website over HTTPS might reveal the Akamai backend.[2] More recently, however, enhanced security offerings such as Kona Site Defender (Web Application Firewall) have become a major selling point, and in 2013 were the leading driver of revenue growth for the company.[3] The company was founded in 1998 by Daniel M. Lewin (then a graduate student at MIT) and MIT applied mathematics professor Tom Leighton, together with Jonathan Seelig, Preetish Nijhawanand Randall Kaplan.[4] Lewin was killed aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed in the September 11 attacks of 2001. Leighton currently serves as Akamai's CEO. Akamai is a Hawaiian word meaning “intelligent” or “witty.”

JamiePappas (talk)

Forthcoming Proposed Sections & Edits:

  • History
  • Products & Services
  • Acquisitions
  • Partners
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Recognition & Awards

Proposed History Section: Implemented: 3 October 2014


Accepting a challenge posed by Dr. Tim Berners-Lee, Dr. Tom Leighton, a professor of applied mathematics, began working with his colleagues to create a better way to deliver content over the Internet. Co-Founder Daniel M. Lewin, a graduate student of Leighton’s, devised key algorithms that would become an essential part of improving content delivery.[5]

In 1997, Leighton and Lewin entered the annual MIT $50K competition with a business proposition based on their research, and their proposal was selected as one of the finalists.[6] By August 1998 they had developed a working prototype, and with the help of Jonathan Seelig, Preetish Nijhawan, and Randall Kaplan, they began taking steps to incorporate the company.[7]

In late 1998 and early 1999, a group of business professionals joined the founding team. Most notably, Paul Sagan, former president of New Media for Time Inc. and George Conrades, former chairman and chief executive officer of BBN Corp. and senior vice president of U.S. operations for IBM. Sagan became Akamai’s chief operating officer, and eventually president, while Conrades became chief executive officer.[5][8] The company launched commercial service in April 1999 and was added to the NASDAQ Stock Market on October 29, 1999.[9]

In 2001, co-founder Daniel M. Lewin died in the September 11th attacks at the age of 31. Lewin was aboard American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center.[10]

Effective July 1, 2001, Akamai was added to the Russell 3000 Index and Russell 2000 Index.[11]

In 2005, Paul Sagan was named chief executive officer of Akamai. Sagan worked to differentiate Akamai from its competitors by expanding the company's breadth of services.[8] Under his leadership the company grew to $1.37 billion in revenues.[12] Sagan served as chief executive officer until co-founder and current CEO, Tom Leighton, was elected to the position in 2013.[13]

Proposed Products & Services Section: Implemented: 3 October 2014


Akamai Intelligent Platform[edit]

The Akamai Intelligent Platform is a distributed cloud computing platform that operates worldwide. It is a network of over 100,000 servers deployed in more than 90 countries. These servers reside in more than 1,000 of the world's networks gathering real time information about traffic, congestion, and trouble spots. Each Akamai server is equipped with proprietary software that uses complex algorithms to process requests from nearby users, and then serve the requested content. [14]

Content Delivery Process[edit]

The content delivery process begins with a user submitting a request to a browser. When a user enters a URL, a DNS request is triggered and an IP address is retrieved. With the IP address, the browser can then contact a web server directly for subsequent requests.[15] In a content delivery network structure, the domain name of the URL is translated by the mapping system into the IP address of an edge server to serve the content to the user.[16]

Akamai delivers web content over its Intelligent Platform by transparently mirroring elements such as HTML, CSS, software downloads, and media objects from customers’ servers. The Akamai server is automatically picked depending on the type of content, and the user's network location. Receiving content from an Akamai server close to the user allows for faster download-times and less vulnerability to network congestion. Akamai claims to provide better scalability by delivering the content over the last-mile from servers close to end-users, avoiding the middle-mile bottleneck of the Internet.[17]

Peer-to-Peer Networking[edit]

In addition to using Akamai's own servers, Akamai delivers content from other end-users' computers, in a form of peer-to-peer networking.[18][19] When users request a download of some large files served by this system, it prompts them to download and install “Akamai NetSession Interface,” a download manager used to reduce download time and to increase quality.[20] However, this software operates not merely as a download manager (delivering content from the Internet to the user's computer) but also as a peer-to-peer server, delivering content cached on the user's computer to other users' computers.

Network Operations Command Center[edit]

Akamai’s Network Operations Command Center (NOCC) is used for proactive monitoring and troubleshooting of all servers in the global Akamai network.[21] The NOCC provides real time statistics of Akamai’s web traffic. The traffic metrics update automatically and provide a view of the Internet traffic conditions on Akamai’s servers and customer websites.[22]

State of the Internet[edit]

The State of the Internet report is a quarterly report Akamai releases based on data gathered from its Intelligent Platform. The report provides global Internet statistics such as connection speed, broadband adoption, attack traffic, network connectivity, and mobile connectivity.[23]

Visualizing the Internet[edit]

Akamai’s data visualization tools display how data is moving across the Internet in real-time. Viewers are able to see global web conditions, malicious attack traffic, and Internet connectivity.[24] In addition, the net usage indices monitor global news consumption, industry specific traffic, and mobile trends.[25] Akamai also offers the Internet Visualization application, which allows users to view real-time data their mobile device.[26]

OPEN Initiative[edit]

On October 9, 2013 Akamai announced it’s Open Initiative at the 2013 Akamai Edge Conference. OPEN allows customers and partners to develop and customize the way they interact with the Akamai Intelligent Platform. Key components of OPEN include system and development operations integration, real-time big data integration, and a single-point user interface.[27]

Proposed Acquisitions Section: Implemented: 3 October 2014


  • On February. 10, 2000, Akamai acquired Network24 Communications[28] for an aggregate purchase price of $203,600,000.[29]
  • On Apr. 20, 2000[29], Akamai acquired InterVU Inc.[30] for an aggregate purchase price of $2,800,000,000.
  • In July. 25, 2000, Akamai acquired CallTheShots, Inc., for an aggregate purchase price of $3,700,000.[29]
  • In Dec. 13, 2006, Akamai acquired Nine Systems, Inc.[32], for an aggregate purchase price of $157,500,000.[33]
  • On Mar. 13, 2007, Akamai acquired Netli Inc. (Netli)[34], for an aggregate purchase price of $154,400,000.[35]
  • On Apr. 12, 2007, Akamai acquired Red Swoosh Inc.[36] for an aggregate purchase price of $18,700,000.[35]
  • On Nov. 3, 2008, Akamai acquired aCerno Inc.[35], for an aggregate purchase price of $90,800,000.[37]
  • On June 10, 2010, Akamai acquired Velocitude LLC.[38], for an aggregate purchase price of $12,000,000.[39]
  • On Feb. 7, 2012, Akamai acquired Blaze Software, Inc.[40], for an aggregate purchase price of $19,300,000.[41]
  • On Mar. 6, 2012, Akamai acquired Cotendo, Inc.[40], for an aggregate purchase price of $278,900,000.[42]
  • On Sept. 13, 2012, Akamai acquired FastSoft, Inc.[40], for an aggregate purchase price of $14,400,000.[43]
  • On Dec. 4, 2012, Akamai acquired Verivue, Inc.[40], for an aggregate purchase price of $30,900,000.[44]

JamiePappas (talk) 20:58, 25 September 2014 (UTC)


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External links moved to talk[edit]

Given the number of references, I doubt there's much in here that's not redundant or shouldn't be included directly into the article. --Ronz (talk) 19:14, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Internet speed in iran[edit]

Hi, please add iran to the Q3 2015 ranking the download speed is 12mb/s Rocketboy98 (talk) 07:01, 23 September 2016 (UTC)