Kim Mattson

ITS 380

CH 3


Case Study

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

This is the whole idea of Akamai, they distribute web content, like videos or pictures, and store it in places around the world so when people are looking for the content, it can be retrieved from a nearby location. This increases the web page speed for loading and reduces latency. Akamai makes sure your content is as close to your customers as possible.

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

Depending on where the traffic to my website comes from, I would use Akamai's service. If a lot of interest was global, then it's important to give them fast delivery times on your content. Those few seconds of faster content can make the difference between a loyal and passing client.


3.       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?

Equality is an important concept here where everybody should get the same speeds no matter what their usage is. Because once you start with paying for your bandwidth there is no knowing how far the ISP's will take in increasing their prices. For the big businessís this could mean that they can offer amazingly fast content availability when using their service. But the average consumer would be facing slower connection and usage speeds for all other sites simply because the ISP costs could end up too costly.




1.       Review the opening case on Apple Watch. What developments have occurred since this case was written in September 2016?

Since 2016, Apple has released Watch Series 1, 2, and 3.Series 1 differs from the original Watch only with a newer dual-core processor. The Series 1 also only come in aluminum, unlike the original which was also available in stainless steel, and other special materials.

The Series 2 improved from the previous models with upgrades to the dual-core processor allowing for built in GPS, a bigger battery, is waterproof/ swim-proof up to 50 meters, and has sapphire glass on the stainless steel and ceramic models to protect the screen.

The Series 3 comes in a GPS only and GPS and Cellular versions, a faster dual=core processor, a barometric altimeter, a wireless chip, and access to Siri directly from the watch. The Series 3 GPS and Cellular model also has 16GB instead of 8GB like the other models and versions and LTE connectivity to enable tasks without your iPhone in range. Apple has retired the original and Series 2 watches once their respective successors were released.


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

One of the most popular devices is Amazonís Echo. It is a smart home device that uses speech recognition to carry out commands. Alexa, the brains of the unit, contains a small computer inside the unit but also retrieves most of her information from Amazonís cloud on the internet. Alexa or the Echo can control your lights, thermostat, tell the time, play music, and more. The capabilities of Echo are growing because other products are building Alexa into their products.