Akamai Technologies, Inc. is an American content delivery network and cloud service provider headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States. Akamai’s content delivery network is one of the world’s largest distributed computing platforms, responsible for serving between 15% and 30% of all web traffic. The company operates a network of servers around the world and rents out capacity on these servers to customers who want their websites to work faster by distributing content from locations close to the user. When a user navigates to the URL of an Akamai customer, his or her browser is redirected to one of Akamai’s copies of the website.
The company was founded in 1998 by Daniel M. Lewin and MIT applied mathematics professor Tom Leighton. Lewin was killed aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed in the September 11 attacks of 2001. Leighton currently serves as Akamai’s CEO
Akamai is a Hawaiian word meaning «intelligent» or «clever.».
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