Akamai has revealed details about Connected Cloud, a new service it has been working on since it acquired cloud hosting provider Linode for $900 million in 2022.
Building a distributed edge and cloud platform, Akamai will leverage Linode’s existing 11 sites along with the same 4,100 sites in 134 countries already powering its own edge network.
The company hopes the new platform will help users.”[keep] apps and experiences closer, and threats further away.”
Akami’s Connected Cloud
Three new sites are planned to be launched by this summer, which will serve as a template for the next 10 major sites the company hopes to roll out over the last six months of the year.
In support of its network, Akamai also revealed plans to deploy distributed sites that should “provide basic cloud computing capabilities” in hard-to-reach regions that the company says are currently underserved. More than 50 cities have been identified for them.
Connected Cloud is designed for ultra-low latency, which Akamai hopes media, gaming, SaaS, retail, government, and other industries will be well served.
Additionally, many of the organizations it serves will benefit from increased compliance with standards, including ISO, SOC 2, and HIPAA, allowing them to move workloads between clouds with less risk.
“Akamai’s leadership in the edge market enables us to scale everything we touch: we scale content, bringing digital experiences closer to users than anyone else. We scale cybersecurity by keeping threats away from business and people. Our clients know us and trust us on this scale. Now we plan to scale cloud computing to provide customers with better performance at lower cost,” said Tom Leighton, co-founder and CEO of Akamai.
While there is no exact price information, the company did share this statement: “The new pricing structure is able to leverage the power of Akamai’s network to lower the cost of moving out of the cloud, bringing CDN-like economics to cloud data transfer. The new outbound pricing model aims to deliver significantly reduced outbound rates compared to hyperscalers and alternative cloud providers.”
In a subsequent statement sent to TechRadar, Pro Akamai said: “Our prices will be extremely competitive. Given our ability to apply CDN-like economics to cloud egress costs, we expect to be able to offer many enterprise customers egress prices that could be 80% lower than what they are used to.”