Akamai Technologies

Akamai Technologies (of hawaiian Akamai " intelligent ", " refined " ) is one of the largest global suppliers for the delivery and acceleration of online applications and content.


Akamai coordinated and optimized, for example, the load distribution of web content (Content Delivery Network). This service runs for the user while surfing the Internet barely visible in the background.

Akamai works with over 147,000 servers in 92 countries.

Business Structure

Among the more than 3500 customers Akamai include Facebook, Yahoo, Airbus, Audi, Adobe, CNN, BMW, Microsoft, eBay, Apple, Swarovski, the German Federal Chancellery, Swiss Television, Philips, Red Bull, Logitech, Blizzard, XING and the producers of anti-virus software McAfee and BitDefender ( Softwin ).

The international headquarters of Akamai is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, the German branch office is in Garching near Munich since 2012. The headquarters for international businesses located since 2010 in Zurich.

History and Development

Akamai was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) founded in April 1998 by the mathematician Tom Leighton and the computer scientist Daniel " Danny" M. Lewin, both; support they were, inter alia, by Jonathan Seelig, Paul Sagan and George Conrades. Daniel M. Lewin died aboard American Airlines flight 11, which was directed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City on 11 September 2001 at 8:46 clock.

In August and September 1999, Akamai was able to increase its capital: Apple invested 12.5 million U.S. dollars and Cisco 49 million U.S. dollars, while Microsoft shares worth 15 million U.S. dollars earned.

In early 2000 took over the Akamai Internet Broadcaster " Network24 ". In February 2000, the provider InterVu followed for a purchase price of approximately 2.8 billion U.S. dollars. The merger of the world 's largest Internet provider for streaming media and other broadband applications emerged. Two suppliers together accounted for 3,000 servers in 100 networks, which were distributed over 40 countries.

In May 2004, there was an almost complete failure of the Web services, so that many large network presences of Akamai's customers could not be reached. Initially suspected Akamai a denial-of -service attack, later, the company announced that the problem was due to a bug in the Akamai software, it could be corrected after 90 minutes.

In 2005, the company expanded its range to include the acceleration of web applications.

Early November 2010, Akamai has opened its headquarters for international business ( outside the U.S.) in Zurich. There is a 20 - member team of Martin Häring, vice president of marketing, led.


The methods used by Akamai provide generally for a fast loading web pages, Akamai but also bring a criticism to be invasive. To speed up the surfing to the websites of their clients, the company uses data centers where copies of original web pages are present. This leads, for example in some SSL - encrypted connections to problems. Because of the commercial orientation and the low transparency of service is often associated with spyware.