Akamai Technologies announced at a press conference on March 1 that it announced the acquisition of Linode in the United States on February 15 and its business strategy for 2022.
According to Hirokazu Higuma, who became chairman of the board on November 1, 2021, sales in 2021 were around 400 billion yen ($3.46 billion worldwide), an increase of 7% from the previous year. last year. 47% of sales are generated outside the US, and growth rates outside the US are reported to have increased 12% year over year.
Hirokazu Hikuma, President of Akamai Technologies
He also pointed out that the operating profit margin reached 32% in fiscal 2021. “By creating a stable revenue stream, we can actively invest in new businesses,” he said. “If you look at security vendors, you can see a lot of companies in the red, but Akamai is in the black. It’s possible to make long-term/ongoing investment, partly because it’s freed.”
In the homeland security sector, sales in 2021 are about 1.4 times higher than in 2018, accounting for a third of total activity. Mr. Hikuma describes Akamai as “a technology company that loves solving Internet problems.” In the past, he was a pure content delivery network (CDN) operator, but he recalled that the development of various solutions “became a little more complicated” (he), and his new mission “Becoming the power of life online”. “We make life better for billions of people, billions of times a day.” And Purpose “We make life better for billions of people, billions of times a day.” did.
Afterwards, Mr. Hikuma said, “Akamai is at a major turning point,” and talked about the company’s latest acquisition. It will be Israel’s Guardicore, which has micro-segmentation technology, and Linode, which provides a cloud computing platform for developers.
Mr. Hikuma said the company’s business has been “the twin axes of CDN and security” and its strength is “a globally distributed intelligent edge platform.” After expanding its product portfolio by bringing solutions to this platform, he said, “Akamai will continue to transform into a decentralized, intelligent edge platform.”
With the acquisition of Linode, the company “became a decentralized cloud services provider at an unprecedented scale, delivering advanced solutions in three areas (security, content delivery and IT)”, he pointed out.
Until now, the activity was based on two axes, CDN and security.
With the acquisition of Linode, we will use the content delivery platform as an edge computing platform and transform it into a system to develop business in three areas.
Harunobu Kaneko, Senior Product Marketing Manager of the company, explained the latest trends in the field of security. Three areas of focus are “Zero Trust Security”, “API Security” and “Identity Security”. Guardicore’s micro-segmentation technology has been added to the Zero Trust Security portfolio and will be offered in Japan as “Akamai Guardicore Sgmentation” by the second half of 2022. It was planned to start.
Kaneko’s acquisition of Guardicore means that the company’s zero-trust solutions have primarily targeted “North-South” traffic between clients and servers that cross network boundaries. However, Guardicore’s micro-segmentation enables the protection of “East-West” traffic between servers that wrap inside the network, “both are necessary for zero-trust security,” he said. . ..
Guardicore micro-segmentation is configured so that agent software running on the operating system (OS) captures communication status and monitors communication availability, so that virtual machines, the bare metal, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), containers It is also an advantage that it can be used in a wide range of environments.
Guardicore’s micro-segmentation technology will be offered as Akamai Guardicore Segmentation
North-South and East-West at Zero Trust
Akamai previously provided North-South security, but the acquisition of Guardicore will also enable East-West protection.
Next, when it comes to API security, the shift from traditional Web Application Firewall (WAF) to Web Application and API Protection (WAAP) is necessary, and the company is positioning itself as a leader in this area. .
In identity security, as a solution to account takeover and unauthorized use, “Bot Manager Premier” which detects mechanical behavior and removes bot access, and “Account Protector” which uses behavioral biometric authentication by artificial intelligence (AI)”, It says this abnormal connection is detected and blocked.
Takashi Ito, the company’s senior product manager, explained content distribution and compute efforts. As we will continue to strengthen the content delivery platform, which is the company’s core business, for the IT newly added by the acquisition of Linode, we will use the functions acquired by the acquisition to improve the company’s state-of-the-art computing environment. open to developers.
Since the Linode acquisition is not yet complete, it is only at the stage of expressing its intent at this time, but is currently “optimizing” the company’s cutting-edge computing platform. company, which was established as a base for content distribution.
As a future initiative, the company is considering a two-stage development. In “Phase 1”, computing functions other than the (existing) function as a service (FaaS) will be provided, and in “Phase 2”, a new platform for edge computing will be developed.
Mr. Ito also mentioned the difference between edge and cloud. Since thousands of slots are distributed at the edge, users don’t need to know the location, and scalability is guaranteed on the platform side, but in the cloud, one must first select a slot from dozens of locations. that it would take further development and effort to evolve. “The cloud isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution,” he said, and you have to use the right person in the right place.
As a concrete example of development using Linode, he cites a scene such as “I want to do a simple little thing, but Akamai alone cannot complete it”. In the past, the company’s business was content distribution, and there was also the aspect that it did not dare to touch other parties, and it was necessary to cooperate with the services of other companies even to a little while… When new users can enjoy edge computing, it is expected that the company’s platform will be able to implement the necessary functions and improve convenience .
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