Adrian Leal

ITS 380-001


Ch3 – E-commerce Infrastructure: The Internet, Web, and Mobile Platform


Case Study


1.      Why does Akamai need to geographical disperse is servers to deliver its customer’s Web content?

They needed to disperse its servers because it is the best way to solve delays to its customers. Storing copies of their web content in different locations will make web pages to lad faster.

2.      If you wanted to deliver software content over the Internet, would you sign up for Akamai’s service? Why or why not?

I will sign up for Akamai’s service. Some of their clients include Apple, and NASDAQ. It has servers all over the world so it would guarantee a fast access from any place around the world, so it would be a smart investment.

3.      What advantages does an advertiser derive from using Akamai’s service? What kinds of products might benefit from this kind of service?

Using Akamai’s service would practically guarantee that your website will work fast and the server will not crash. If something like this happens, the customers will go to a different website that works properly, and you do not want to loss clients for your business. Products like videos and pictures with a lot of traffic are some of the products that might benefit from this kind of service.

4.      Do you think Internet users should be charged based on the amount of bandwidth they consume, or on a tiered plan where users would pay in rough proportion to their usage?

I do not think that getting charge based the amount of bandwidth consume would be a good idea. People that need the Internet from professional use would have to pay a ridiculous amount of money for the service, while the normal citizen would have a poor Internet connection. I believe that the actual system works pretty well.




1.      What are the three basic building blocks of the Internet?

The three basic building blocks of the Internet are packet switching, the TCP protocol, and client/server computing.

2.      What technological innovations made client/server computing possible?

The technological innovations that made client/server computing possible are the development of personal computers, and local area networks.

3.      What is the goal of the Internet2 project?

Better network and support of the service. However, it is not only a faster connection but also more powerful tools for research and development.

4.      What are the basic capabilities of a Web server?

The basic capability that a web server must have is to serve the files to the users. Security is another important capability that computers must have since a lot of the people’s information is located in some servers.


5.      Why are mobile apps the next big thing?

Mobile apps are the next big thing because it facilitates desire for connectivity, they are always available and easy to use; app development improvement, every year new phone applications and new features come out; reach millennials, since they are the new generation coming up, and ready to enter the labor force companies want to know what they want; affordability, they do not have an extra cost and provide a great service.




2. Locate where cookies are stored on your computer. (They are probably in a folder entitled “Cookies” within your browser program.) List the top 10 cookies you find and write a brief report describing the kind of sites that placed the cookies. What purpose do you think the cookies serve? Also, what do you believe are the major advantages and disadvantages of cookies? In your opinion, do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, or vice versa?

My bank, Apple, Amazon, some clothes companies (Nike, Lululemon), and hotel webpages I visited when I was looking a destination for spring break (Expedia and hotels sites), Fitness sites, and graduate schools sites. All these websites do business with me somehow. My bank storages my money, I visit the clothing companies to buy clothes, the fitness sites also sell products, and of course, when I was seeking a destination for spring break every website I visited was full of travel packages and offers. All these sites make money when people visit their website, and for that reason, they want to know who is visiting the website and what this person likes.


The cookies are stored when we visit a website and are useful to load the website faster and make the navigation easier. I believe that cookies are useful, but I also believe that, probably, many websites are taking advantages of the cookies, and also are getting the people’s information that visit their websites with the goal of performing effective marketing campaigns and increase its profits.



The advantage of the cookies is that the navigation through the Internet is quicker and faster, this reduce the people’s stress when a website takes hours to load. The major disadvantages is that they also take part of your information and your data navigation, so they know: who you are, what do you want, and what do you like.  I believe that the advantages overweight the disadvantages, even though they get your information and what do you want, you will see ads about topics you are interesting in, which can facilitate your decision, or get more information of other products or brands.