Introducing Akamai Technologies
Akamai Technologies, Inc. is a content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services 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 percent of all web traffic.
The company was founded in 1998 by Daniel M. Lewin (then a graduate student at MIT) and MIT applied mathematicsprofessor Tom Leighton, together with Jonathan Seelig, Preetish Nijhawan and Randall Kaplan. 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 “witty”.
The Akamai Intelligent Platform is a distributed cloud computing platform that operates worldwide. It is a network of over 170,000 servers deployed in more than 100 countries. These servers reside in more than 1,300 of the world’s networks gathering real time information about traffic, congestion, and trouble spots. Each Akamai server is equipped with proprietary software that uses complex algorithms to process requests from nearby users, and then serve the requested content.
He served for four years in the Israel Defense Forces as an officer in Sayeret Matkal, one of the more notable IDF special forces units. Lewin earned the rank of captain.
Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in 1995, he traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to begin graduate studies toward a Ph.D at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1996. While there, he and his advisor, Professor F. Thomson Leighton, came up with innovative algorithms for optimizing Internet traffic. These algorithms became the basis for Akamai Technologies, which the two founded in 1998. Lewin served as the company’s chief technology officer and a board member, and during the height of the Internet boom achieved great wealth.
A 2001 FAA memo suggests he may have been shot by Satam al-Suqamiafter he attempted to foil the hijacking. According to the FAA, Lewin was seated in business class in seat 9B, close to hijackers Mohamed Atta, Abdulaziz al-Omari and al Suqami (who was possibly seated behind him). It was first reported that he had been shot by al Suqami, although this assertion was later changed to a stabbing. According to the 9/11 Commission, Lewin was stabbed by one of the hijackers, probably Satam al Suqami, who was seated directly behind him. The commission speculates that this may have occurred during an attempt by Lewin to confront one of the hijackers in front of him, not realizing that al Suqami was sitting just behind him. Lewin was identified as the first victim of the September 11 attacks.
this is interesting..a very important company in the global system..
“akamai’s content delivery network is one of the world’s largest distributed computing platforms, responsible for serving between 15 and 30 percent of all web traffic.”
and ex boss was ex IDF and was killed in one of the planes that was destroyed on 9/11..how curious is that?
“A 2001 FAA memo suggests he may have been shot by Satam al-Suqamiafter as he attempted to foil the hijacking.”
how could they possibly know that?..who were the witnesses?