Posts tagged ‘Europe’

Akamai SOC + PLX SOC + Akamai Cloud Security Solutions = Complete Peace of Mind

September 18, 2014 8:00 am

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Over the last five months, the services and support management teams from Akamai have been working hard on integrating the Akamai and Prolexic Security Operation Center (SOC). Given the progress that we’ve made along the way, we think it would be timely for us to talk about how this effort from both companies could help our customers against the ever-changing attack sphere.
Renny addressed some of the complementary areas of product offerings between Akamai and Prolexic. In many ways, this is similar to the Prolexic and Akamai SOC as well. While both companies have significant services and support organizations, the Akamai teams focused heavily on configuring the automated capabilities of Akamai’s security products to proactively mitigate attacks whereas the Prolexic SOC was well-renowned for its ability to quickly respond to DDoS attacks when engaged by a customer. Pulling these teams together, along with the concept of automatic protection supplemented with human mitigation, has allowed us to create a powerhouse of security expertise with a gamut of skills, ranging from emergency attack support, implementation and integration, and consulting on a suite of security products. Combining this with the largest service delivery teams that are focused on other Akamai’s products such as site acceleration and media services makes it easy and fast for a customer to ensure that they are getting the most value from their Akamai relationship.

  • Organization: Centralizing the global SOC under a single leader has helped us focus on building SOC expertise while developing consistent processes and workflows, all of which will help provide a high-quality support experience to the customers.
  • Geographical Expansion: While we’re building new SOCs in Europe and Asia to serve the local needs of customers in their local languages, we’re simultaneously growing our 24×7 operations in Florida. Our new centers in Europe and Asia will promote a hybrid ‘follow-the-sun’ model, allowing us to effectively combine ‘local’ touch with ‘centralized efficiency’.
  • Platform: Prolexic and Akamai historically followed different processes when it comes to managing security incidents. We’re picking the best of both worlds by consolidating SOC workflows and applications for ticket and alert management. By doing this, we’re ensuring standard communication protocols, incident management, audit trails, and the operationalizing of routine activities. Having a standard platform globally will help the SOC to prioritize the different activities (routine, proactive, and threat mitigation) while promoting situational awareness throughout the company.
  • Tools: In order to support the gamut of security products and to help the SOC personnel function as effectively as possible, we’re doubling down on our investment in SOC tools. This includes newer and better abilities to isolate attacks, alerting capabilities, gather logs, etc.
  • Operational Metrics: Finally, we’re in the midst of developing a core set of metrics by which we can manage and measure the performance and effectiveness of all the SOCs. This includes separate but related metrics for all of the SOCs activities – provisioning, project management, incident management, customer satisfaction and proactive support.

In summary, this is a very exciting time for us as the leadership team managing security services. While the security landscape is ever-changing and attacks are becoming more sophisticated and damaging, we’re confident that the changes we’ve put in place will enable us to protect our customers more effectively by combining our industry-leading products with our world-class people and expertise. And, by the way, we’re hiring security professionals worldwide – if you want to work in a world-class organization focuses on Internet Security, please check out our

This is a post from Mani Sundaram, Patrice Boffa, and Roger Barranco, leaders of the Global Service Delivery team.

Following Sale To RTL, SpotXchange Partners With 2 European Networks

September 11, 2014 10:07 am


SpotXchange, the Denver-based supply-side platform (SSP) that was majority-acquired by European media company RTL Group this summer, this week made its first moves to expand in Europe
post-acquisition. SpotXchange has partnered with IP Deutschland’s Netzathleten Media and RTL Nederland’s Videostrip.

ACCESS to show integration with Zenterio OS at IBC

September 2, 2014 3:00 am

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ACCESS CO. and Zenterio have announced the integration of ACCESS’ TV-centric browser with Zenterio OS. Magyar Telekom and M7 Group, two operators in Europe, have already deployed the solution.

Bare metal goes global in London, Hong Kong

August 6, 2014 10:36 am

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Bare metal remains to go-to choice for companies running data-intensive applications, such as big data and analytics solutions, online gaming and mobile advertising platforms. As businesses scale their operations worldwide, the need for global availability of these applications has increased. To meet this demand, Internap’s bare metal offering is now available in our London and Hong Kong data centers.

Big data and latency-sensitive applications run better on bare metal than in traditional virtual cloud environments, as demonstrated by our customers and the latest Cloud Spectator benchmarking report. In addition to significant cost savings, the findings also show the benefits of running big data workloads on high-performance NoSQL databases such as Aerospike and Internap’s bare-metal servers. As the need for powerful, transaction-intensive applications becomes an integral part of business strategy, a high-performance infrastructure that includes bare metal can enable optimal performance.

Here are some recent articles highlighting the expanded availability of bare metal in Europe and Asia, as well as the benefits of incorporating bare metal into your hosting environment.

EnterpriseTech: Big Data Prefers Bare Metal

Recent benchmark tests by Cloud Spectator compare bare metal servers with similar high-performance virtual public cloud configurations. The findings reveal lower latency, higher throughput and more cost-efficiency, particularly for “fast big data” workloads running Aerospike’s in-memory NoSQL database on bare metal servers. The test results speak for themselves – check out the full report here.

Cloud of Data (blog): Internap joins Jungle Book song chorus

Many companies claim to offer bare metal solutions, but few are considered to be true contenders in this sector. However, according to Paul Miller’s article, bare metal may be a “bare necessity” for today’s cloud providers. Bare metal reminds us that “the ‘traditional’ virtual machine isn’t the only way to run a data centre”.

Data Center Knowledge: Internap Expands Bare-Metal Cloud Servers to London, Hong Kong Data Centers

With bare metal now available in London and Hong Kong, Internap has addressed the increased demand for globally distributed data-intensive applications. Global locations also include Amsterdam, Singapore, Dallas, New York and Santa Clara. The bare metal offering is backed by Internap’s patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer (MIRO) technology, which continuously monitors Internet performance and routes traffic along the best available path.

Download the Cloud Spectator Benchmarking Report to learn more about the benefits of running big data workloads on bare-metal servers.

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August 5, 2014 4:06 pm


Who Stole the Four Hour Workday?

Alex is a busy man. The 36-year-old husband and father of three commutes each day to his full-time job at a large telecom company in Denver, the city he moved to from his native Peru in 2003. At night, he has classes or homework for the bachelor’s in social science he is pursuing at a nearby university. With or without an alarm, he wakes up at 5 AM every day, and it’s only then, after eating breakfast and glancing at the newspaper, that he has a chance to serve in his capacity as the sole US organizer and webmaster of the Global Campaign for the 4 Hour Work-Day.

“I’ve been trying to contact other organizations,” he says, “though, ironically, I don’t have time.”

But Alex has big plans. By the end of the decade he envisions “a really crazy movement” with chapters around the world orchestrating the requisite work stoppage.

A century ago, such an undertaking would have seemed less obviously doomed. For decades the US labor movement had already been filling the streets with hundreds of thousands of workers demanding an eight-hour workday. This was just one more step in the gradual reduction of working hours that was expected to continue forever. Before the Civil War, workers like the factory women of Lowell, Massachusetts, had fought for a reduction to ten hours from 12 or more. Later, when the Great Depression hit, unions called for shorter hours to spread out the reduced workload and prevent layoffs; big companies like Kellogg’s followed suit voluntarily. But in the wake of World War II, the eight-hour grind stuck, and today most workers end up doing more than that.

The United States now leads the pack of the wealthiest countries in annual working hours. US workers put in as many as 300 more hours a year than their counterparts in Western Europe, largely thanks to the lack of paid leave. (The Germans work far less than we do, while the Greeks work considerably more.) Average worker productivity has doubled a couple of times since 1950, but income has stagnated—unless you’re just looking at the rich, who’ve become a great deal richer. The value from that extra productivity, after all, has to go somewhere.

It used to be common sense that advances in technology would bring more leisure time. “If every man and woman would work for four hours each day on something useful,” Benjamin Franklin assumed, “that labor would produce sufficient to procure all the necessaries and comforts of life.” Science fiction has tended to consider a future with shorter hours to be all but an axiom. Edward Bellamy’s 1888 best seller Looking Backward describes a year 2000 in which people do their jobs for about four to eight hours, with less attractive tasks requiring less time. In the universe of Star Trek, work is done for personal development, not material necessity. In Wall-E, robots do everything, and humans have become inert blobs lying on levitating sofas.


HBO Streaming May Expand To Countries In Europe And Asia

August 4, 2014 2:08 pm


Despite increased interest in online video streaming services in the United States, HBO doesn’t have any immediate plans to offer its premium …