Cloud Networking

Cloud networking, or cloud-based networking, gives users access to networking resources through a centralized third-party provider operating inter-connected servers. This involves connecting to a Wide Area Network (WAN) or other internet-based technology, and helps to distribute content quickly and securely.

By using a cloud network an organization can deliver content more rapidly, reliably, and securely, without having to bear the costs and difficulties of building and operating its own network. A variety of organizations may find value in using a cloud network, including web content providers, ecommerce businesses, cloud service providers, enterprises using public or private cloud services, or network operators looking to extend their network reach.

How does cloud networking work?

Cloud networking allows users to build networks using cloud-based services. A reliable cloud network provides centralized management, control and visibility, for example, managing devices in different physical locations using the internet. It can be used for connectivity, security, management and control.

Using cloud architecture in thousands of different locations globally, cloud networking allows organizations to deliver content faster and monitor their devices and operations in real-time. It also helps to keep them abreast of any network security issues, including monitoring high volumes of traffic.

The advantages of using cloud networking software

A cloud network is instrumental in the delivery of digital content for a multitude of industries. It offers the following benefits:

  • Versatility

With the increasing availability of online content, many enterprises have turned to cloud networking for better content distribution. It can be used for web content providers, ecommerce retailers, cloud service providers, organizations using public or private cloud services, or network operators looking to extend their network reach.

  • Speed

Using a cloud network guarantees the faster delivery of content thanks to the use of thousands of servers across the world. This means that content has less physical distance to travel between servers, giving the final end users faster access.

  • Reliability

Cloud security solutions available as part of cloud networking ensure that users are protected from the latest web security threats. There is also less risk of server downtime thanks to server load balancing.

  • Cost-saving

By using a cloud network, organizations can save money on building and operating their own networks, as well as avoiding the potential technical issues that come with these.

What is the difference between cloud computing and networking?

Rather than a strict difference between cloud computing and networking, cloud networking is a branch of cloud computing, which offers centralized computing resources that are shared amongst stakeholders. For cloud networking, these stakeholders can share both the network and the computing resources.

This means that many organizations now use the cloud for network management functions. In addition, fewer devices are needed externally to manage the network.

An example of this is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which is a cloud computing service that delivers storage, servers and networking. Enterprises may choose to run their cloud networking through IaaS as it is a very cost-beneficial exercise, only charging users for the computer resources that they actually use.

Akamai’s global cloud network

Akamai runs the world’s largest and most advanced network, known as the Akamai Intelligent Platform.

The Akamai Intelligent Platform is a global cloud network for accelerating and securing web content and web application delivery.

The Akamai cloud architecture spans more than 160,000 servers in over 95 countries. Over 90% of Internet users are a single network hop away from Akamai's cloud servers, and at any given time Akamai delivers from 15-30% of total global Internet traffic.

Based in a state-of-the-art Network Operations Command Centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Akamai gains the industry's best view of real-time conditions across the Internet. This includes real-time insight into the latest network security events as well as deep visibility into network traffic and performance.

Cloud network solutions from Akamai

Leveraging our globe-spanning cloud network, Akamai offers a range of solutions to meet the needs to today's online businesses and service providers:

  • Akamai Web Performance Solutions. Accelerate the delivery of web content and applications to any type of connected device, anywhere, anytime.
  • Akamai Media Delivery Solutions. Solve the challenges of multi-format, multi-device video delivery.
  • Akamai Cloud Security Solutions. Enhance core network security, application security, and data security in cloud computing services by employing a defense-in-depth strategy that capitalizes on the ability of the Akamai cloud network to detect and thwart cyber security threats such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and DDoS attacks.
  • Akamai Cloud Networking Solutions. For enterprises, accelerate the delivery of cloud applications over your WAN and the Internet while benefiting from Akamai networking capabilities like data deduplication and global server load balancing.
  • Akamai Network Operator Solutions. Offload traffic from your core network and boost revenues by offering multi-screen video services to your subscribers.

With increasing web security threats and web service demand, reliable cloud networks are essential. Learn more about Akamai's intelligent global cloud network.