Chad Nordean




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



Case Study Questions:


1.      Why does Akamai need to geographically disperse its servers to deliver its customers’ web content?


-          Akamai needs to be geographically dispersed because the more servers you have the less delay or latency the consumer will receive. If they were to not be dispersed their clients would not be happy with the service. Overall the best way to solve delays to its customers is to be geographically spread out. Also by storing copies of the web content on different servers it will allow web pages to load faster.


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


-          If the company was a newer company with a smaller amount of funds, I believe going through Akamai’s service would not be a bad option. They also have some big clients like Apple for testimonials. If it is good enough for Apple, it would be good enough for me. I also believe that it offers a superior quality and also protection for new and upcoming companies. It would also be very reliable due to the experience and time with in the industry. If the company or organization were to be large, like Amazon, I think creating your own would be best. By bringing it in-house you could help guarantee the results you would receive. Another option would to be run it through Amazon or Comcast if you believe they would offer your needs better. Overall, I believe that experience is key and is hard to find in the new age of technology. As a new business it is crucial to have a highly functioning service. For this reason alone I believe it would be a good option to start at. Later on you could move to other services if they are seen as best fit.


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


-          I believe that internet should be charged on a tier pricing system. Online businesses would have to much overhead if it were to be charged based on the amount of bandwidth used. Which I do not believe is fair or ethical. I believe the system we have now works well because it allows all types of customers to decide the speed at which they receive content. If that were to change, it would cause normal citizens to have poor internet. If normal people could only afford poor internet, it gives the rich an advantage in researching new technology and it also limits the amount of knowledge you could gain from the vast information on the internet.



Project Questions:


1.      Call or visit the website of a cable provider, a DSL provider, and a satellite provider to obtain information on their internet services.  Provide information on their internet packages.


a.      DirectTV- DirectTV offers a “Triple Play” bundle. In this bundle you would receive a certain number of TV channels, High speed internet, and a phone. This bundle starts at $20 a month but will slowly creep its way up to around $120 the longer you receive service. The downside to DIRECTV is that they require you to use an internet partner along with that you have to pay for their Triple Play. Lastly their prices rise the longer you are provided service. This would only make sense if you needed it for a short period of time or required all 3 services.


b.      Century Link- Century link has 20 Mbps starting at $50 per month. They also offer 80 Mbps for $55 per month. Lastly they offer a gigabit for $85 per month. These are good speeds for the price they are offering them at. They also allow you to lock that price in for life! The down side to Century Link is that they are not offered in all places.



c.       Comcast- Comcast offers one sole internet package. For $30 per month you can get 75Mbps. This is a one year agreement. The upside is that they are very cheap. The down side is that they only offer one sole internet package, are not offered in several locations, and they require a one year agreement.


Overall, I believe going with Century Link for solely internet would be a the best option. If you were looking for Tv plus phone DirectTV would best fit your needs.



2.      Investigate The Internet of Things. Select one example and describe what it is and how it works. (GPS)

-          The GPS is what I would like to talk about for the Internet of Things. The GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It started in the early 2000’s and has evolved into everyone’s daily objects. Originally when families traveled, they had to use a paper map and guess a where they were. It slowly evolved Into a TomTom GPS and it was a special device specifically for traveling. Now it is built into everyone’s phone, car, and computers. This is a great example of how technology can evolve and end up in everyday objects. Without our GPS we would be lost in the 21st century. It works by little satellites in the sky that your phone bounces signals off to figure out your exact location.  This is truly a crazy device and has forever changed the way you will travel.