10/11/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/11/2020 15:07
Welcome to the Akamai October 2020 Update - a week of product updates, new features, and innovations. We'll be highlighting a different area of our portfolio each day this week.
In today's post, we look at our enhanced edge computing capabilities and how they help developers more effectively and rapidly improve customer experiences on the Akamai platform.
Companies are experiencing a shift to a builder culture -- one that is built on developers' ability to directly create and control digital experiences. This cultural shift among our customers has fueled Akamai's delivery of edge computing solutionsand drives the October 2020 updates to our edge computing capabilities.
Deploying logic at the edge brings data, insights, and decision-making closer to the things that act upon them. Akamai provides a reliable and scalable implementation model so that data and computation are not hampered by latency issues that can have a negative impact on digital experiences. The Akamai Intelligent Edge is the largest distributed network platform-- empowering developers to create and modify new digital experiences and enabling businesses to take advantage of the benefits of serverless computing.
Our October 2020 platform update includes significant improvements to both EdgeWorkers and Image and Video Manager that provide expanded capabilities for creating new microservices and managing video and image delivery at the edge. We've also updated our API for management of Cloudlet applications with simplified provisioning and faster deployment and response times.
As sites and applications move from monolithic builds to creations driven by multiple microservices, the ability to assemble and deliver content from diverse sources becomes increasingly important. With the October 2020 Akamai Platform Update, we've expanded the ability of developers to code dynamic content assembly at the edge -- creating microservices that include external requests and the ability to manipulate response bodies. The result is even greater innovation at the edge -- along with the ability to quickly deliver new digital experiences across our global network, allowing for more innovation with less effort and better performance.
We've also added EdgeWorkers resource consumption and performance reporting to the Akamai Control Center and made that data retrievable by API calls. EdgeWorkers not only provides the visibility developers need to understand the performance of the applications they create, but also enables them to manage their CDN as code.
Akamai Image & Video Manager (IVM)is a software as a service (SaaS) that utilizes Akamai's edge computing capabilities to optimize image and video files. It automatically creates, stores, and delivers file versions that are optimized for the combination of hardware and software the end user is using to access a site at that very moment. The optimized copy is then delivered to the end user without the need to create multiple versions housed at origin.
We've created a number of how-to posts and user stories that detail how Akamai customers are utilizing the new capabilities in EdgeWorkers and IVM to provide better digital experiences to their end users.
Tailoring experiences based on geography now extends beyond personalization to the more complex realm of data compliance. Read how Akamai customers are able to create true edge-native applications using EdgeWorkers to not only provide geo-location specific content but also stand up geographically enforced e-privacy verification in a matter of minutes.
By using continuous deployment automation tools, like GitHub Actions, developers are able to simplify deploying EdgeWorkers code within the Akamai Network. EdgeWorkers users: Check out our step-by-step guide to creating an automated workflow for code deployment using GitHub Actions.