Akamai Exposes Content Delivery Network APIs

Akamai Technologies extended the reach of its content delivery service in the cloud with the introduction of a set of open APIs that are made available via a SaaS Provider Option that it introduced.

Gary Ballabio, product line director for enterprise cloud solutions as Akamai, says that with developers both inside and outside the enterprise relying on the Internet to make their applications accessible, more of them want to be able to make use of the Akamai cloud delivery network to both secure and enhance the performance of those applications.

To that end, Akamai is making it easier for developers to provision Akamai services and leverage SSL to secure their applications. In addition, Akamai is also making available a user-based billing option that allows developers to pay for Akamai services based on how they are actually consumed by their end users.

Finally, Ballabio says the SaaS Provider Option gives developers access to a more granular set of Web application performance reports.

Regardless of whether the application is external or internal facing, Ballabio says developers need to have more control over the mechanism through which their applications are being accessed. Otherwise, they are totally dependent on the best efforts of individual Internet service providers or have to provision expensive dedicated leased lines from telecommunications carriers.

International Data Corp. estimates that by 2018, more than $1 of every $5 spent on packaged software, and more than $1 of every $4 spent on applications, will be consumed through the cloud. IDC also estimates that about 30% of all new business software purchases will be of service-enabled software, and that cloud software will constitute about 20.5% of all software sold and about 19% of all application spending. A separate survey of 350 enterprise IT decision-makers conducted by Akamai and released this week finds that the most common applications running on the Internet are websites and web applications at 71%, email services at 57%, content and collaboration sites and portals at 51%, mobile or mobile Web back-end apps at 46%, and e-learning at 47%.

As more applications get exposed on the Internet, Ballabio says every developer is going to need more control over the network services that deliver those applications.

Obviously, not every application requires the same level of performance. But rather than leaving application performance to the vagaries of the Internet or some internal IT operations team, Akamai is trying to put an entire content delivery network at the disposal of the developer.

Michael Vizard