Akamai (from the Hawaiian word for “clever”) seemed destined to become another casualty of the dot-com calamity. But six years later it has made an audacious comeback.
It powers the video wave now sweeping over the World Wide Web. Major League Baseball games, sitcoms from NBC, movie downloads from Starz and more zip across the Internet via 20,000 superfast servers that Akamai has deployed in 71 countries. The company’s video offerings are multiplying: Its servers “broadcast” live games for the National Hockey League in high definition.
Most of the big online sites on the planet use Akamai to deliver all sorts of digital goods faster than the regular Net can handle.