Submitted on 1/29/18
Ch3 – E-commerce Infrastructure: The Internet, Web, and Mobile Platform: Akamai Case Study
C A S E S T U D Y Q U E S T I O N S
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 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?
I would 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. 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.
P R O J E C T S
2. Review the opening case on Apple Watch. What developments have occurred since this case was written in September 2016?
Since 2016, the Apple Watch has become extremely popular and is far more advanced than it was in 2016. It can track your health, be synched with your phone, play music, and even be used to make payments using Apple Pay. It is definitely all the things that Apple predicted it to be (listed in the end of the Case Study) and more. The Apple Watch has become the next best and trendiest item. It complements the iPhone in many ways such as reading and writing texts, answering calls, and much more. It’s crazy to read the article from 2016 and see where the Apple Watch is now compared to then.
4. Investigate the Internet of Things. Select one example and describe what it is and how it works.
One example of “the Internet of Things” is the Apple Watch. As mentioned above, the Apple Watch can track your health, play music, make payments, and be used as a traditional smartphone (texting, calling, etc.). You can also access a wide variety of apps right from your watch. Other companies such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, and more have introduced their own version of the Apple Watch (which are also doing very well in sales). Wearable computing is expected to grow into a $170 billion business by 2021. I think this is a great example of the Internet of Things because in the past 5 years, people have started to wear the Internet on their wrist.