Akamai expands distributed cloud network in third rollout of core compute regions
Thu 28 Sep 2023
Akamai Technologies has expanded its cloud network with seven new core compute regions across Europe, Asia, North America, and Latin America.
The locations in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Jakarta, Indonesia; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Milan, Italy; Osaka, Japan; and São Paulo, Brazil, are the third installment of Akamai’s rollout of new core compute regions since its acquisition of Linode last year.
Akamai’s entry into São Paulo lets customers run workloads in one of the southern hemisphere’s most populated cities and countries, removing a significant economic and performance hurdle that today requires workloads to transit across continents.
São Paulo and Miami are representative of Akamai’s push to establish core compute regions in hard-to-access markets around the world, connecting them to the same underlying backbone that powers its edge network today.
Akamai has distributed footprint spanning more than 4,100 edge PoPs across 131 countries.
The services are part of Akamai Connected Cloud, a distributed edge and cloud platform for cloud computing, security, and content delivery.
“The need for companies to provide a better user experience increasingly exposes the limits of the legacy centralised cloud model,” said Adam Karon, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for the Cloud Technology Group at Akamai.
Seven New Global Core Compute Regions
The latest batch of strategic new core compute regions will begin to come online and be available to customers throughout September and October.
They expand Akamai’s cloud computing network to key data-intensive connection points that will ultimately allow customers to bring improved connectivity and experience to end users.
Akamai’s new region in Amsterdam is home to the second-largest internet exchange in the world. It joins Akamai’s recently launched Stockholm region to power customers in northwest Europe with a new level of cloud connectivity.
The company’s Jakarta region is located in the heart of a nation experiencing a rapidly growing digital economy. Indonesia is anticipated to increase its number of internet users by 36 million by 2028.
Akamai’s new core compute region in Los Angeles, a leader in the global media and entertainment market, is positioned to expand the company’s robust services in an industry in which for years it has honed considerable expertise and a deep enterprise customer bench.
The company’s Miami-based core compute region lets the company better serve customers doing business in Latin America, bringing Akamai’s distributed connectivity to a rapidly growing business hub, which has seen an explosion of tech talent and venture capital investment.
Akamai’s presence in Milan puts a stake in the ground in Italy’s second-largest city. The Italian market for cloud services grew 250% from 2015 to 2022. In addition to serving customers in Europe, the location will also support customers in the Middle East.
The company’s new Osaka region will connect Japan’s population of 125 million to the massively scalable Akamai backbone. Japan ranks eighth in the world for countries with the largest digital populations.
With one of the largest and hardest-to-reach digital populations in Latin America, São Paulo is Akamai’s first core compute region in Latin America, with additional connectivity planned later this year.
Over the past 90 days, Akamai has opened 13 new core compute regions.
Today’s announced regions join existing locations in Atlanta, Dallas, Fremont, Newark, Toronto, Frankfurt, London, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo, and recently announced regions in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Paris, Stockholm, Seattle, and Chennai.
Akamai plans to roll out more global core compute regions later this year.
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