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Unformatted text preview: alled “latency” or delay. For this reason, a single email with a 1 megabyte attached PDF file can create over 50 megabytes of Internet traffic and data storage on servers, client hard drives, and network backup drives. In 2014, according to Cisco, Internet video will be nearly 700 times the capacity of the U.S. Internet backbone in 2000. It would take well over half a million years to watch all the online video that will cross the network each month. Cisco expects Internet video to generate over 18 exabytes per month in 2014. Akamai, and other firms in the CDN (content distribution network) industry are one of the reasons why the Web has not already disintegrated under the load. It is not clear at this time if the entire CDN industry will be able to meet the expected demand in 2014. Akamai (which means intelligent, clever, or “cool” in Hawaiian) Technologies was founded by Tom Leighton, an MIT professor of applied mathematics, and Daniel Lewin, an MIT grad student, with the idea of expediting Internet traffic to overcome these limitation. When Timothy Berners- Lee, founder of the World Wide Web, realized that congestion on the Internet was becoming an enormous problem, he issued a challenge to Leighton’s research group to invent a better way to deliver Internet content. The result was a set of breakthrough algorithms that became the basis for Akamai. Lewin received his master degree in electrical engineering and computer science in 1998. His master’s thesis was the theoretical starting point for the company. It described storing copies of Web content such as pictures or video clips at many different locations around the Internet so that one could always retrieve a nearby copy, making Web pages load faster. Officially launched in August 1998, Akamai’s products include Digital Asset Solutions suchas Akamai HD Network, which enables Web sites to deliver an online HD experie...
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