What does that word mean to you? Iâ€™ve always connected that name with internet ads for some reason. They are â€œthe global leader in distributed computing solutions and servicesâ€. That I basically take as ads and e-commerce. But theyâ€™re more than that really. I was recently surfing some sites, in particular Yahoo and Apple and I noticed that I had used the Firefox Adblock to block out all *.akamai.* sites since it was cutting down a lot on the ads floating around. However, it totally broke the Apple store, since it runs almost completely on Akamai. So I delved deeper into the company and found some very interesting facts. I probably canâ€™t say it any better than their facts *cough*propaganda*cough* page, but they do claim they deliver on average 10-20% of the worldâ€™s daily internet traffic. Thatâ€™s very impressive to say the least. Iâ€™m also compiled a small list from their vast number of customers. Some of them may surprise you:
As you can see, all sorts of companies use Akamaiâ€™s technology. Itâ€™s also a very fast growing company. Although well shy of its $300 stock price set back in the dot-com boom days, the past year has been great to the company, seeing its stock price rise from around $10 to around a high of $26+ where itâ€™s sitting right now.
Why am I talking about this company seemingly out of the blue? Well, Iâ€™ve been getting more and more into this internet business and with its position right now and the evolution of the internet as a medium of communications, I canâ€™t see anywhere Akamai would go but up. Or perhaps someone like Google or Microsoft will buy them out. Thereâ€™s money to be made in the e-commerce/advertising world as eBay and Google would show you. Keep an eye on this one.