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Akamai Sells Best Buy "One-Stop SOA"

Akamai Sells Best Buy "One-Stop SOA"

Akamai Technologies is making it easier for companies to use Java, by providing access to various J2EE business applications on a pay-per-play basis. Best Buy has already signed up, sidestepping any Web lifecycle development altogether.

Akamai's on-demand Web applications are only a week old. The company is running IBM WebSphere-based applications on its own infrastructure, hardware, and software. The practice is being described by Kieran Taylor, Akamai's director of product marketing, as "a sort of service oriented architecture on an easy payment plan." 

"We believe there are three key components to SOA. The applications infrastructure, component applications, and then you need those applications assembled together into a business service," Taylor added.

For Best Buy's Web site, Akamai decided to use WebSphere and various Java applications developed in-house by Akamai, or taken from the open source world and independent vendors. Akamai takes care of the software licensing contacts and maintenance of software and hardware.

Speaking of Best Buy, Taylor said, "They're using our globally distributed computing platform to enable various component applications. They've got a product search, store locator, transaction processing."

He said that all of these various business services can be bound and invoked at runtime. The practice suits Best Buy, because they are charged only for the time services are used. And, by using Akamai as an intermediary, all software licensing agreements can be offloaded. "Rather than having to purchase software licenses and hardware to run that software," Taylor illustrated, "we give them an environment where the applications are there for their use when and if they need them."

Akamai's Site Search is the search capacity they are offering. It uses the open source search application Lucene, with the search processing that runs on Akamai's platform. Through 'User Prioritization,' buyers can be separated from the browsers. This enables buyers to get in touch with back-end servers for transaction processing, and lets the browser move onto less intensive brochure-ware servers.

With IBM as a partner, Akamai offers its services through the company's "EdgeComputing Powered By WebSphere" Web based program.

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MITguy 11/10/04 11:45:46 AM EST

It's a while sicne I heard anything about Akamai. Is co-founder Tom Leighton still Chief Scientist? He was my
professor of applied mathematics at MIT, and literally wrote *the* book in the field, the graduate-level text Introduction to Parallel Algorithms and Architectures.