Akamai CDN “needs to grow 100-fold” over next 5 years, says CEO

UPDATED: Despite currently handling over 2 trillion requests a day, the content delivery network operated by US firm Akamai will need to grow 100-fold over the next five years just to keep up with the demand for online video, according to CEO Paul Sagan.

Speaking at the GigaOM Structure conference in San Francisco yesterday (June 20th), Mr. Sagan opined that the term “content delivery network” is now outdated due to the fact that the bulk of connections on its network are related to non-content related data, such as e-commerce, banking transactions and payment handling.

Mr. Sagan lamented that one complicating factor for Akamai is the growing popularity of multi-device, multi-platform services, which can hinder the company from knowing what kind of content it is going to have to deliver, or where it is going to come from, or what device or network it is going to have to be delivered to.

Via GigaOM


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