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As Vice President of Product Strategy at Limelight Networks, Steve Miller-Jones focuses on driving the long term product roadmap for the company with a focus on delivering the highest quality online experiences. In this Q&A, Steve explores the cyber threats brought into focus by online gaming.
Just a few short months ago, having the option to work from home was considered little more than a perk of the job. Who could have predicted that it would soon become a question of public health and safety?
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a baptism of fire for businesses, many of them thrust into a remote working situation without the chance to acclimatise or get the necessary tools in place. Even the most cloud-friendly, digitally mature companies will surely have struggled to keep their productivity levels up during such a turbulent shift. But what if the opposite is true?
We are in unprecedented times when reliable and trusted communication has never been more essential in saving lives and preserving livelihoods. To say that the world was not prepared for COVID-19 is a massive understatement. Whilst some countries declared lock-downs early, others were slower to respond. It is still too early to comment on what was the best approach, since there was a sensitive balance to be struck between the threat to life and the threat to national economies. What is clear, however, is that in most countries across the world, we are now dealing with soaring infection rates and immense pressure on national health systems.
Separating this pandemic from predecessors is that information technology is firmly on our side. In the absence of sport, Netflix is keeping families entertained. FaceTime or Zoom are connecting us safely from a distance while ordinary socialising presents a risk. And a plethora of cloud-based workplace tools are channelling business productivity from newly-distributed workforces.
Nobody doubted our dependency on connectivity before coronavirus, but the degree to which the thread of the internet holding the fabric of society together during the crisis is striking. While restaurants, pubs, cinemas, cafes and more turned off their lights, data centres, network operations centres and internet exchanges geared up for an unprecedented rise in traffic.
Getting end-user experience right is an ever-growing concern for enterprises – and for good reason. 90 percent of users would stop using an app due to poor performance, while 88 percent of consumers are less likely to return to a website after a bad experience.
Think about Netflix, Uber or Facebook, if the app is slow to respond, customers won’t even think twice before taking their business to Amazon Prime, Bolt, Instagram – and that’s major revenue lost. Even if you aren’t the likes of Amazon, performance issues that aren’t resolved have the potential to wreak havoc on a brands revenue and reputation. In fact, 98 percent of organisations say that a single hour of downtime could cost them over £80,000.
Content delivery networks (CDNs), geographically distributed networks of servers working together to deliver fast internet content delivery, provide a dependable content distribution system for many websites and applications, including webpages, video, games, downloadable objects, streamable media, and even software updates.
CDNs are extremely popular among brands and website owners who need to deliver their content fast to a global audience. Indeed, according to data from BuiltWith, over 80% of the top 10,000 websites are using a CDN, with the global market predicted to grow from $10.9 billion in 2018 to $24.9 billion by 2025.
It’s Rugby World Cup time in Japan, with the first round of rugby union’s most elite competition kicking off over the weekend. During the next few weeks, thousands of fans will travel far and wide across the country to soak up the action. In addition to bringing bundles of optimism about their teams’ prospects, die-hard supporters will arrive armed with a legion of connected devices.
Within the next two years, the amount of smartphone users will reach over 2.87 billion, from 2.57 billion users today. The majority of these users have always-on internet connectivity, providing them the ability to control devices from the palm of their hand, but how does this functionality connect to devices at home or at work?
When your individual devices are secure, the main point of entry into your IoT is going to be through your main network. There are many different methods that you can use to secure your networks against potential threats, but here are a few of the most effective:
5G is set to improve the smartphone experience, making it faster, smoother and more reliable with its high speeds and huge data capacity combined with low latency. However, 5G isn’t just about faster smartphones. Heralding a massive technological step up from 4G, 5G will have a far bigger impact for businesses than previous cellular network transitions.