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Akamai is an American content delivery network, cybersecurity, and cloud service company offering web and internet security services. Founded in 1998, Akamai's Intelligent Edge Platform is one of the biggest distributed computing platforms in the world. The Content Delivery Network (CDN) provider was named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Application and API Protection and is best known for its cloud delivery platform. In March 2022, Akamai acquired cloud and web hosting firm Linode. In September 2022, Akamai was named a Leader in the Forrester Wave™: Web Application Firewalls, Q3 2022. Akamai is looking to expand its global footprint by developing a currently unspecified number of Linode data centres. However, twelve planned new data centres will be launched across the North America, APAC, LATAM, and Europe regions by the end of 2023. Linode's infrastructure-as-a-service platform is available across eleven markets worldwide from its globally-distributed data centres. Linode will be able to further develop availability zones for application resiliency through the launch of these twelve new data centre locations.

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Akamai Cybersecurity Solutions: Comparisons, Review, Benefits, Use Cases, Pros & Cons

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Cybersecurity and SD WAN

Akamai Products and Services:

Akamai's solution focuses on cybersecurity and content delivery; please see below for products/services offered:

Security

Application and API Security

App and API Protector:

  • Advanced API discovery
  • DevOps integration
  • Deep attack visibility through SIEM integration, custom dashboards and real-time alerts
  • Rapid onboarding
  • Adaptive protections
  • DDoS protection
  • Managed services
  • Bot mitigation
  • Advanced security management

Prolexic:

  • 200+ Tbps Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform 
  • Prolexic's 20 anycast global scrubbing centres with 10+ Tbps of dedicated capacity.
  • Unified security posture
  • Flexible integration and connectivity options
  • 100% platform availability, zero-second mitigation amongst other SLAs
  • Custom mitigation controls tailored to the customer network
  • Dynamic capacity scaling for mitigation controls

Page Integrity Manager:

  • Policy management
  • Real-time security event alerts prioritized by risk score
  • Deploy at the edge or from the origin
  • Configure dashboards
  • Incident reporting
  • Vulnerability-focused policy
  • Behaviour detection

Edge DNS:

  • Secure implementation
  • Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)
  • Architecture segments DNS resources across non-overlapping clouds
  • Manage DNS as code
  • Serve content to only a list of trusted nameservers to prevent IP address spoofing attacks.
  • Enable the use of a logical nameserver on multiple physical servers deployed worldwide.

Managed Security Service:

  • Robust reporting
  • Rapid incident response
  • Drills to improve operational readiness
  • On-going optimization, including security health checks, in-depth analyses, and configuration fine-tuning
  • Advisory services

Abuse and Fraud Protection

Account Protector:

  • Reputation insights
  • Behavioural anomaly detection
  • Real-time user risk scores

Bot Manager:

  • Reporting and analysis
  • Continuously updated directory of over 1500 known bots
  • Advanced bot detection, including for AI models using browser fingerprinting and user behaviour analysis
  • Mobile app protection
  • Intelligence and visibility into data accrued from previous bot requests
  • Deception defense technologies, such as fake content

Identity Cloud:

  • Integrate with data analytics and multiple systems to access real-time customer activity data
  • Customer data storage and consent management compliant with CCPA, GDPR and PIPEDA, as well as other regulations
  • Single customer login for registration, authentication, and SSO across the entire ecosystem
  • Manage millions of identities worldwide with complex use cases and usage spikes
  • Strategic data capture
  • Data protection, including secure accounts with encryption, scoped access control, various authentication methods, and more

DDoS Protection

App and API Protector: See above

Prolexic: See above

Web Application Protector:

  • Integrate and deploy security configurations in thirty minutes or less with rapid onboarding
  • Automatic updates
  • API discovery and inspection, including automated examination of JSON and XML requests
  • Zero-second DDoS mitigation
  • Utilizing Akamai's CDN ensures the performance of websites, apps & APIs even when under attack
  • Reduce effort and false positives by leveraging dynamic protection and self-tuning machine learning

Edge DNS: See above

Zero Trust Security

Akamai Guardicore Segmentation:

  • No downtime and no changes to applications or networks required
  • AI-powered segmentation
  • Visibility of applications across the enterprise, including the network, assets, processes, users, and traffic flows
  • Support more legacy operating systems, such as Windows 2003, CentOS 6, RHEL5, and AS400
  • Supports a flexible allowlist/denylist model for rapid risk reduction with minimal rule creation
  • Protect critical assets that are accessed or deployed in the cloud, on-premises, virtual servers, bare metal, or via containers
  • Consistent granular, process-level policy enforcement across different operating environments, such as Windows and Linux
  • Detect breaches with reputation analysis, dynamic deception, and a threat intelligence firewall
  • Segmentation insights to detect high-risk endpoints and servers, assess exposure levels and immediately secure them with segmentation policies

Secure Internet Access:

  • Threat intelligence
  • Application control
  • Single dashboard analysis and reporting
  • Data loss prevention
  • Payload analysis using advanced malware detection engines
  • Acceptable use policy

Enterprise Application Access:

  • Single secure portal to control access to apps across an enterprise infrastructure, AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure
  • ZTNA-as-a-service
  • App-based access
  • Adaptive access controls
  • Identity and context-aware
  • Third-party access for merger and acquisition changes or contractor access without having to make expensive changes to the architecture or network

Akamai Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA):

  • FIDO2 MFA security on any smartphone
  • IdP integration
  • Self-service enrollment
  • Automated user provisioning workflows
  • Robust event reporting
  • Configurable authentication factors such as TOTP, SMS, secure push and standard push

Zero Trust Segmentation

Akamai Guardicore Segmentation: See above

Content Delivery (CDN)

Application and API Performance

API Acceleration:

  • 100% availability SLA
  • Visibility and reporting of crucial API performance indicators, dimensions, and trends
  • Advanced API caching with intelligent caching logic for REST and GraphQL
  • Edge compute support
  • API response encryption and distancing authentication from the origin infrastructure
  • Optimized routes

CloudTest:

  • Visual test creation
  • Realistic test production volumes based on the geographic location of the user base
  • Custom dashboards
  • Available as a self-service or fully managed solution
  • Visual playback editor
  • Dynamic load adjustment during testing or simulation of outages and promotions, all with real-time analytics

DataStream:

  • Continuously pushes log data to public cloud endpoints and analytics providers
  • Low latency with 99% of log data delivered within minutes
  • Self-service configuration of integrations to provide log data to Splunk, AWS S3, Azure Blob and Datadog

Global Traffic management:

  • Dynamic failover
  • User-aware allocation leveraging the EDNS standard
  • Routing based on real-time communication with data centres to enable best outcomes
  • Intelligent traffic routing according to server status, geography and IP header information
  • Manages load balancing configurations with feedback and reports from real-time load data
  • Fine-grain controls combining policy-based intelligence, failover and weighted load balancing to allocate traffic

Image & Video Manager:

  • Image compression using smart algorithm for max byte reduction
  • Reduce page weight by optimizing formats and compression levels
  • Transformations via code
  • Implement and customize a media viewer
  • Automated modifications to images
  • Media adapted for responsive designs to enable browsing across all devices and channels

Ion:

  • DevOps enabled
  • Edge compute support
  • 100% availability SLA
  • Adaptive performance acceleration and optimization leveraging machine learning analysis
  • Script management
  • Intelligent routing

mPulse:

  • Automated anomaly detection
  • Site performance predictive analysis
  • Real-time user event insights, stored for thirteen months for historical analysis
  • Bot management
  • Management and monitoring of third-party resources
  • Analyze sitewide vital metrics, including Google Core Web Vitals

Media Delivery

Adaptive Media Delivery:

  • Advanced caching
  • 100% availability SLA
  • Visibility and reporting of key performance indicators
  • Content protection utilizing enhanced proxy detection, encryption, access revocation and watermarking
  • Performance optimizations at the edge to enhance video playback quality

Cloud Wrapper:

  • Scalable infrastructure
  • Dynamic mapping to ensure optimal performance and delivery
  • Automatic content replication
  • Streamlines workflow by combining with Akamai delivery and third-party CDNs
  • High origin offload provided through custom caching
  • 24/7 support from Akamai delivery experts

CloudTest: See above

DataStream: See above

Dedicated Delivery:

  • Aura Managed CDN enables reporting, content provisioning and delivery
  • Content can be mapped to nodes to deliver the best performance with Aura Managed CDN
  • Real-time transaction logging and statistics enable measuring, monitoring and troubleshooting
  • Aura runs on CentOS Linux, used in fixed, virtualized and mobile edge environments
  • Flexible client SDK, Akamai's Licensed Multicast solution allows for integration with Android set-top boxes and more

Download Delivery:

  • 100% availability SLA
  • Insights into key performance indicators
  • Support for edge compute
  • Performance optimizations such as intelligent caching
  • Cloud interconnect
  • Token authentication, TLS options and enhanced proxy detection for secure content access

Media Analytics:

  • REST APIs
  • Granular insights through a wide range of video dimensions, including players, ISP and OS
  • 50+ default metrics for streaming performance, audience experience and engagement

Media Services Live:

  • DVR and archive
  • Low-latency support
  • Ingest acceleration
  • First-mile performance reporting
  • Live clipping
  • liveOrigin self-healing network replicates content to multiple locations for 24/7 availability and reliability

NetStorage:

  • Scalable infrastructure
  • Automatic content replication
  • Dynamic mapping
  • Cost efficiency
  • Flexible content management with support for upload methods, including FTP, SCP, CMShell, SFTP, Wget, FTPS, Aspera and rsync
  • Simplify content preparation workflows

Edge Compute

Serverless Computing

EdgeWorkers:

  • Automatic scaling
  • Close proximity to end users through the world's largest edge platform for serverless compute
  • Pay-as-you-use
  • Locally access data with Akamai EdgeKV
  • On-demand code execution on any edge server with rapid cold start time with V8 isolates
  • Single serverless compute platform across the entire multi or hybrid cloud environment

EdgeKV (Serverless key-value store):

  • Manage data in string or JSON formats
  • Role-based access controls to EdgeKV databases
  • Administrative APIs
  • Control EdgeKV database functions from Akamai's scriptable command-line interface
  • Data storage replicated globally for high availability
  • JavaScript helper library

Edge Applications

Image & Video Manager: See above

Cloudlets:

  • Segment traffic based on policy, load balance apps and control traffic migration
  • Run application logic at the edge and closer to end users
  • Offload processing from URL rewrites and redirects or provide a branded waiting room

Vaccine Edge:

  • For vaccination information and booking sites
  • Granular control
  • DDoS protection
  • Branded waiting room
  • Web application firewall
  • Filter out malicious traffic, cache website content and acceleration for requests that cannot cache

EdgeWorkers: See above

Cloud Optimization

Cloud Wrapper: See above

Global Traffic Management: See above

NetStorage: See above

Media Services Live: See above

Cloud Computing - Linode Products

Compute/Containers:

  • Shared CPU Instances
  • Dedicated CPU Instances
  • High Memory Compute Instances
  • GPU-optimized virtual machines
  • Bare Metal (Coming Soon)
  • Kubernetes cluster deployments

Storage:

  • Linode block storage
  • Linode object storage
  • Linode backup service

Databases:

  • MongoDB
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL

Networking:

  • DDoS Protection built-in for all Linodes
  • NodeBalancers
  • Linode Cloud Firewall
  • DNS Manager
  • Linode VLAN

Services:

  • Linode Managed Service
  • Linode Professional Services

Tools:

  • Cloud Manager
  • Linode API
  • Linode CLI
  • Linode App Marketplace
  • Integrations with Rancher, Ansible, Terraform and Pulumi
  • Monitoring from within the Linode Cloud Manager
  • Linode Custom Images
  • Linode Terraform Provider
  • StackScripts
  • Users & Permissions, including global, user-based and billing permissions
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