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Akamai launches Edge Cloud for IoT devices and in-app messaging

05 Aug 2019
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Akamai has launched a cloud solution line designed to serve the needs of businesses as they embrace the internet of things.

Edge Cloud will leverage Akamai’s edge platform to streamline and secure data delivery to connected devices and in-application messaging at scale.

With IoT Edge Connect, developers can build low-latency interactions with millions of endpoints and process data in real-time. 

Customers using the service can reduce network, compute and database build out, reduce security breaches and improve manageability, avoiding the need to develop and maintain proprietary and costly IoT and in-app messaging networks, according to Akamai.

As more use cases emerge for IoT and in-application messaging, such as Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), the need to offer connectivity for billions of devices, real-time data delivery and capabilities that allow for easier data management are a requirement.

"Akamai is investing to extend its network capabilities with the goal of meeting the unique needs of the growing IoT device and application messaging markets," explains Akamai Technologies senior vice president and general manager of web performance and security, Craig Adams. 

"Delivering massive amounts of data across the globe securely is in Akamai's DNA. We are focused on developing technology designed to scale, simplify and secure the way IoT and application data is delivered to endpoints."

IoT Edge Connect offers:

•    Scalability: IoT Edge Connect is architected to scale to support hundreds of millions of endpoints and messages. The service reduces device battery drain and optimizes data delivery speed and volume.

•    Ease of use: Because the service is designed as one continuous global service (logical service) and is fully integrated with an all-in-one data stream, distributed database and a key value store, operations are simplified across the globe.

•    Security: End-to-end mutual authentication is designed to ensure secure communication between connected endpoints and the Akamai Edge Cloud, while the fully-managed solution also supports data isolation requirements.

•    Reliability: Businesses can easily and efficiently take advantage of MQTT. The service is the only International Standard Organization-compliant cloud broker of the major cloud providers with all three levels of Quality of Service (QoS).

"Akamai believes that we are offering the next generation of messaging with scalability, operational simplicity and security, providing a turn-key solution that allows customers to focus on their core business rather than integrating and managing discreet but necessary components for messaging," comments Akamai’s vice president and CTO of IoT, Lior Netzer.

"With the launch of IoT Edge Connect, we're harnessing the power of the Edge and bringing it to the next frontier of connected devices and applications."