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Akamai takes developers to the edge in latest serverless platform revamp

More flexibility and faster deployments are in order as market shifts closer to the edge where the real-time economy is booming.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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June 17, 2021 | 12:01 AM BST

Akamai takes developers to the edge in latest serverless platform revamp

Akamai's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Source: Akamai

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based content delivery network, cybersecurity, and cloud service company Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM) has rolled out new updates to its EdgeWorkers edge platform.

The enhancements include more flexibility for EdgeWorkers, allowing developers to deploy code at the edge faster.

New resource tiers offer developers a choice by packaging CPU and memory, along with commensurate pricing options, to fit their needs. The two tiers — Basic Compute for applications requiring lower CPU and memory consumption, and Dynamic Compute for those applications demanding higher levels — include free usage for a combined 60 million EdgeWorkers events per month, up to 30 million per tier.

EdgeKV provides access to data for custom code at the edge. EdgeKV is a globally distributed key-value store that simplifies and accelerates database functions for edge applications.

Akamai has also launched API traffic-specific enhancements, including API Acceleration, its newest delivery offering. API Acceleration provides increased reliability and performance at scale.

As API-intensive applications have become increasingly popular, API traffic has exploded. In 2020, Akamai delivered more than 300 trillion API requests — a 53% year-over-year increase.

API acceleration uses special-purpose hardware, reserved capacity, and prioritized routing to help ensure API transactions are completed successfully.

Lelah Manz, senior vice president, Edge Technology Group, Akamai, said: “Since introducing EdgeWorkers, we have been inspired by the creative ways customers are using the Akamai Intelligent Edge to deliver amazing user experiences. With this latest platform release, we hope to accelerate this innovation by giving developers the ability to build truly transformative applications at the edge.

“We know that we’re just scratching the surface and can’t wait to see what new ideas take shape using EdgeWorkers and the Akamai platform.”

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