Akamai breaks record for web content delivery

Content delivery company Akamai has announced that its network reached an all-time high for total content served on April 9 when 3.45Tbps of content was delivered. Spurred by “unprecedented end user demand for premium online coverage of major sporting events” as well as software releases, the Akamai network also hit a new peak during the same day for video streaming and requests. Over the course of the day, Akamai said it logged over 500 billion requests for content. At its peak, Akamai supported over 12 million requests per second.

“This new peak demand demonstrates the internet’s emergence as a primary channel for communications, entertainment, and commerce,” said Paul Sagan, Akamai’s president and CEO.  “Interest in online news, entertainment, and sporting events, combined with major enterprise product announcements and
software launches from leading companies, drove new levels of demand for Akamai services.  Most notably, in just the six months since announcing the Akamai HD Network, we have seen many of the largest live events move to high definition video delivery. Consumers now expect access to premium content online.”


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