E-Commerce Infrastructure: The Internet, Web, And Mobile Platform

Case Study

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

a.     The need to geographically disperse servers arises from the need to have to have web pages load as fast as possible.

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

a.     I would not use the service provided by Akamai. I have no use for the services that they provide.

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

a.     Akamai’s services allows advertisers to deliver ads based on country, region, city, market area, area code, country, zip code, connection speed, and connection type. I feel the best use of the services provided by Akamai could include video and music streaming services such as Netflix, AmaxonPrime Video, Spotify, and Pandora.

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 proportions to their usage?

a.     Neither of these options are sufficient. In today’s ever evolving world of technology. Users are always connected to the internet and the amount of bandwidth a user will consume is going to continue to increase. Even our fridges are starting to tweet.


Chapter Questions

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

a.     The three basic building blocks of the internet are: packet switching, TCP/IP, and client and server computing.

5.     What technological innovation made client/server computing possible?

a.     Client and server computing was made possible by the development of personal computers and local area networks.

    10. What is the goal of the internet2 project?

                 a. The internet 2 project was designed to facilitate the development, deployment, and use of revolutionary internet technologies.

    15. What are the basic capabilities of a web server?

                 a. The basic capabilities of a web server include a storage device connected to a network that is able to interface with the outside world.

    20. Why are mobile apps the next big thing?

                 a. Mobile apps are the next “Big Thing” because almost everyone today has a mobile phone in their pocket that is connected to the internet nearly 100% of the time. The user of that mobile phone can access the desired information almost anywhere. The days of going home, logging into your computer, signing onto the internet, and then accessing the sought information are rapidly coming to an end.


Project Question

5.     Investigate the Internet of Things. Select one example and describe what it is and how it works.

a.     I chose the Microsoft Internet of Things Pack for Raspberry Pi 3. This device allows users get started using Windows 10 and a Raspberry Pi as an Internet of Things enabled device. The internet of things brings together devices, sensors, data and the cloud. Unlike a computer or tablet, Internet of Things devices can access specific hardware like lights, sensors and motors. This lets you build both fun projects or professional devices.