Akamai supports global application performance and information security for Autodesk

“The technology advances that Akamai provides are second to none. Akamai has a set of experts that help us design solutions that make our business profitable, and our customers happy.”

Peter Jones , Senior Manager, Operations Excellence, Cloud Operations Engineering , Autodesk

The Situation

Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, with a customer base spanning a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, architecture, construction and media and entertainment. The company’s software has been used for everything from the design of the New York Freedom Tower, to electric cars, to the last seventeen Academy Award winning films for Best Visual Effects. Since the development of its AutoCAD software application, Autodesk has continued to develop a broad portfolio of cutting edge 3D software for global markets.

The Challenge

With a global customer base spanning any number of industries, Autodesk needed to ensure that customers were able to access web applications instantly, and that those applications were able to support increasingly large file sizes. Autodesk also needed to ensure that its applications were available on a global scale, and that all documents and information were completely secure. “Engineering firms have documents that move around the planet and need to be shared and updated five or six times,” explains Peter Jones, Senior Operations Manager of Cloud Platforms for Autodesk. “When a customer is in Australia downloading a document that someone in Berlin saved and shared in our documents store, I need that document now.”

The Goals

Autodesk needed to meet two key requirements to support its objectives:

  • Ensure instant Global Availability: The company needed its web applications to be available instantly, regardless of the end-user’s geographic location
  • Guarantee Document Security: The company had to safeguard the proprietary information and designs of its customers

Why Akamai

Guaranteed Global Performance and Availability

Autodesk’s software and web applications are utilized by customers from a wide variety of industries and, regardless of whether the end user is a professional designer, a student or a casual creator, the company needed its products available instantly, regardless of the geographic location of that end user. “Akamai’s infrastructure, the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the fast transit is the only way you can move files around fast on the planet other than building some massive infrastructure yourself, which most companies can’t do,” states Jones.

Autodesk also needed to support instant information availability for its customers. Jones explains “Building information management is the only modern way to build and design in an efficient manner that a company can still make money on.” This involves scheduling concerns and application delivery times, as well as continuous design edits. Jones uses the New York Freedom Tower as an example, stating “They’ve been designing and updating and changing the concepts of what they’re putting into that building for the last ten years.”

Protect Proprietary Designs and Information

Jones explains, “Engineering firms today are designing systems that are top secret. Sovereignty is a huge problem for many of our customers…others are concerned with the safety of their intellectual property.” Autodesk needed to guarantee that information and designs developed using its software and shared through its web applications was protected. According to Jones, “Akamai’s technologies enable those documents and ensure flawless delivery.”

About Autodesk

Autodesk helps people imagine, design, and create a better world. Everyone – from design professionals, engineers and architects, to digital artists, students, and hobbyists – uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information, visit or follow @autodesk.

About Akamai

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn why the world’s top brands trust Akamai, visit,, or @Akamai on Twitter. You can find our global contact information at