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Did You Know? Akamai at OSHEAN.

Posted By David Marble, Monday, November 25, 2013

I have always been a fan of the "Did You Know” series which stems from this popular technology trend video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmwwrGV_aiE . I like perspective pieces like this one where we learn things like: it took 50 years for radio to reach 50 million people; it took Facebook only two.

Every day of my first year here at OSHEAN was like that. I would talk to a member, or one of my OSHEAN team members, and hear, "Hey Dave, did you know that OSHEAN …?” And there was always something new to learn about the services we were providing, or the resources we had.

For our OSHEAN Members, here’s a revelatory "Did you Know”--one that came to me more gradually: OSHEAN has an Akamai installation in one of our aggregation PoPs in Providence. Akamai servers support the local caching of popular content to mitigate centralized server and network bottlenecks. This service sits on the Beacon 2.0 network as a basic function, at no additional cost. In fact, the traffic served from the Akamai caches operate over the unmetered portion of the OSHEAN backbone, which is not charged against a Member’s Internet subscription. The benefits of this architecture were never more apparent than during the recent release of Apple’s IoS 7 upgrade. The day of the release was historic from a bandwidth utilization perspective-- but the OSHEAN Akamai servers handled the traffic with ease, and our membership had virtually no knowledge of the event. Microsoft updates are handled the same way. We estimate that 20-30% of the commercial Internet traffic from our membership is handled locally via the Akamai cache which translates to direct dollar savings and much higher performance.

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