Akamai to Deploy 12 New Linode Data Centers in Global Expansion

Akamai to Deploy 12 New Linode Data Centers as Part of Global Expansion

The Akamai Technologies Network Operations Command Center (NOCC), global headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Photo: Akamai)

When content delivery specialist Akamai acquired Linode in February, it described the transaction as a “transformational” deal that will extend its global infrastructure platform from the cloud to the edge. This included plans to expand Linode’s infrastructure to scale the cloud computing platform.

This week, Akamai is breaking down the details by announcing plans for a significant expansion of Linode’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings, which previously included data centers in 11 global markets. This includes 12 new data center locations, as well as 50 edge computing nodes.

“We plan to add over a dozen new Linode data centers – equipped with the full suite of Linode products – in North America, APAC, LATAM and Europe by the end of 2023,” Shawn Michels wrote. , Akamai’s VO for IT Product Management, in a blog post. “Our first planned new location is targeted for Ashburn, Va. later this year with more to follow in the first half of 2023. With Ashburn, we are targeting deployments in: Amsterdam, Chennai, Chicago, Delhi, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Osaka, Miami, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Seattle and Stockholm to name a few.

The additional data centers will allow Linode to develop Availability Zones for application resiliency, much like Amazon Web Services. “Today Linode doesn’t have the concept of Availability Zones, so that’s an evolution we’ll be bringing to them as we expand the service,” Michels told Protocol Enterprise.

Akamai will also showcase “Distributed Sites,” a new offering designed to bring basic compute capabilities to locations “currently underserved by traditional cloud providers,” and has identified more than 50 cities for these deployments. Distributed sites are somewhat similar to cloud extensions such as AWS Local Zones, Google Distributed Cloud, or Microsoft Azure Edge Modules. The goal will be to provide a lightweight computing infrastructure for applications with latency or localization requirements.

Akamai is a pioneer in online video delivery and has long been the largest content delivery network, with over 325,000 servers in a network spanning 135 countries around the world. Akamai delivers daily Internet traffic of over 100 terabits per second for blue-chip customers, including 56% of the Fortune 500. Akamai is also a leader in Internet security and, as a leader in distributed computing, has embraced advanced computing services.

Linode specializes in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings for the developer community, with 1 million customers in 185 countries and data centers in 11 global markets.

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