In our last update, we talked about adding more CPU processing power, changing storage controllers in new builds, and updating firmware. We are currently reviewing an ongoing network upgrade as part of our effort to bring all sites under one network design under Akamai. Our cloud computing services have historically been known for their ease of use and simplicity, but as we continue to expand our capacity, we need a larger network.
Below is a snapshot of the recent improvements we’ve made.
global backbone – Most of our existing sites are now connected to the Akamai global network, enabling technology users to build distributed applications on our platform. This includes core sites in data centers in London, Frankfurt, Newark, Atlanta, Fremont, Sydney, and Tokyo, with Dallas and Toronto next on the roadmap.
What does it mean for our users to join Akamai’s global backbone? In fact, we’ve more than doubled our traffic delivery capacity and added extensive access to our end-user network.
VLANs Now available in Newark data centers. VLAN is a free add-on that provides Layer 2 network isolation for secure communication between VMs in the same data center.
Multi-queue NIC The limit has been increased to extend the number of vCPUs to 64 (previously the limit was 8). Multi-queue NICs can balance network interrupts across multiple vCPUs, which can significantly improve network performance.
node balancer Now supports up to 10K connections on a single port (up from 10K spread across 10 separate ports).
to be continued
We have more planned as we continue to move forward, but these are just some of the improvements available, built and ready to use today.
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