Tam Pham Bang Le
September 27, 2019
CH3 E-Commerce Infrastructure: The Internet, Web, and Mobile Platform
Case Study – Akamai Technologies
1. Why does Akamai need to geographically disperse its severs to deliver its customers’ 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. Akamai's site performance products allow customers to move their online content closer to end users. Akamai monitor the entire Internet, locating potential sluggish areas and devising faster routes for information to travel. Frequently used portions of a client's website, or large video or audio files that would be difficult to send to users quickly, are stored on Akamai's servers. When a user requests a song or a video file, his or her request is redirected to an Akamai server nearby and the content is served from this local server.
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 if I want to deliver software content over the Internet. Akamai has a wide range of large corporate and government clients: 55% of Fortune 500 companies, 19 of the top 20 media and entertainment companies, 91 of the top 100 online U.S. retailers, all branches of the U.S. military, all the major U.S. sports leagues, and so on. Therefore, we can tell that Akamai is a good choice. 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. Moreover, Akamai has also taken precautions to ensure that it can withstand an attack against its infrastructure. With so many businesses now dependent on the uninterrupted flow of content over the Internet, Akamai is in a very strong position to sell security services and analytics to its.
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?
I do not think that Internet users should be charged 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. Therefore, it’s reasonable to charge the Internet users on a tiered plan where they would pay in rough proportion to their usage.
1. Review the Insight on Business case on Apple Watch. What developments have occurred since this case was written in August 2018?
Apple announced a handful of new watch faces, new complications, and changes to existing watch faces. We already gave you a detailed look at all the new watch faces so we won't rehash them here. One of the new features that Apple announced is a new Noise app which can help you check sound levels nearby and notify you when certain sounds might affect your hearing. It does this is by using the Apple Watch's built-in mic and processing the audio locally on your phone — never saving any of it. You can also add a complication for Noise to quickly see whether the noise levels might be too loud, or if it's normal. Audiobooks is also coming to Apple Watch so any audiobooks you've purchased through Apple Books will now be available through that app, and there's also new developer tools that includes an audio API to stream music, radio and podcasts. Apple also added Voice Memos and a Calculator app so you can record quick voice memos without the need to pull out your phone, and the calculator app can help figure out tips, and how to properly split the bills so that you and your friends don't have to argue about how much everyone should chip in on dinner. Health and fitness are obviously a big deal for Apple Watch users, so Apple added a new Trends tab in the Activity app on iPhone which now gives users a long-term view of their activity behavior to help them understand their progress. There's also now a menstrual cycle tracking app —obviously called Cycle —which gives women the ability to log important information related to their menstrual cycles and see predicted timing for their next cycle and fertility window using the convenience of their Apple Watch.
2. Investigate the Internet of Things. Select one example and describe what it is and how it works.
One of the well-known examples of Internet of Things is the smart speaker Amazon Echo Alexa. Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It’s hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam-forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.