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Last Week in Performance Industry - May #1 Edition

Akamai's "State of the Internet" Report - The Average Connection in US Now Clocks In at 7.4 Mbps

Akamai's report on the State of the Internet for the Q4 of the year 2012 is now released. The report highlights attack traffic, connection speeds, Internet penetration, broadband adoption, and mobile usage, as well as other trends measured through Akamai's global server network in a quarter time.

As we find out, at a country level, South Korea had the highest average connection speed at 14 Mbps (down 4.8% quarter-over-quarter). In the US, Akamai found, the average connection now clocks in at 7.4 Mbps. The 10 countries with the fastest connections saw relatively minor speed increases over the last quarter, ranging from just 0.1% in the Netherlands to 7.4% in Sweden.

In 2012, Akamai customers reported 768 DDos attacks, a year-over increase of more than 200%. "Unsurprisingly, commerce customers were the target of over a third, while another 20% targeted enterprise customers," says the report.


Image 1 - DDoS attacks: Akamai Report (Source: http://www.akamai.com/dl/akamai/akamai_soti_q412_exec_summary.pdf)


Image 2 - Peak Connection, Akamai Report (Source: http://www.akamai.com/dl/akamai/akamai_soti_q412_exec_summary.pdf)

As for mobile connectivity, Akamai reports that its partner Ericsson found that mobile data traffic around the world grew 28% in the last quarter alone and doubled year-over-year.

Find the report summary from Akamai here.

See also: State of the Internet Infographic.


DDoS Mitigation - Distribute, Distribute, Distribute

Brad Doctor, Level 3 communications director, writes about DDoS mitigation in his most recent post at the Level3 blog. To have either a scale larger than the largest attack, or a mitigation technique larger than the largest attack, is the solution, Brad explains. "Generally speaking, the more distributed your application or service, the harder it is to take down," and thus he suggests either of the next steps to be taken:

  • Content Delivery Network (CDN) deployment model: distributes your site/content around the globe, at a scale out of reach for most
  • Network design at the geographic level, focusing on a scaled and scalable distributed footprint

"A successful approach will consist of a plethora of connections to multiple providers or one that can provide sufficient route diversity. This will help spread the incoming load across multiple points of entry, and make a successful mitigation more likely," Brad continues. Finally, he warns about your choice of the ISP; "The larger the presence of the ISP, the more likely you are to have a capable partner who can stand behind you when the (almost) inevitable happens."

Read the full article at the Level3 blog.


New at Internap: Cloud Colo

Internap Network Services Corporation announced last week the new “cloudy colo” capabilities that deliver cloud-like remote visibility and management benefits to colocation customers and enable on-demand hybridization of cloud and colocation footprints within the data center, through a universal customer portal.

At Internap, they list the following collocation management features to be available for the portal:

  • Inventory management with integrated support tracking
  • Power utilization monitoring and management
  • Environmental and bandwidth monitoring
  • On-demand provisioning of hybrid services

“Both cloud and colocation will continue to play critical roles in meeting organizations’ diverse application requirements,” said Raj Dutt, senior vice president of technology at Internap. The panel is currently available only to Internap Labs customers, and will be available for its Los Angeles, Dallas and Santa Clara data centers by Q2, 2013. Customers using other Internap data centers around the globe will be able to get this additional functionality by the end of this year.

Find supporting resources, Cloud Colo on the horizon infographic, and the full press release from Internap.


Cloud Computing: 4 Game Changing Trends?

"Cloud computing is set for a number of big shakeups this year," writes Erik Grueter, at Cloud Times, and lists what he sees are the four emerging, and game changing trends for the cloud computing technologies. What he predicts will happen is; "public cloud computing will defeat internal clouds," i.e. the private systems obviously lack the ability to operate without a dedicated IT team, and are more expensive alternative; "the cloud will greatly increase the power of malicious attacks," Grueter believes, i.e. the server farms can now also be used to perform larger DDoS attacks; "application protection delivered from the cloud will take hold," and finally; smart data will emerge as a response to big data; "this smart data is created by algorithms that can cut down data to its most important points, grading information’s usefulness by its age for example," and become more important.

Read Grueter's full article at Cloud Times.


Will Google Glass Boost Cloud Computing? Yes!

Robert Scoble, a technology evangelist and blogger, a Google Glass enthusiast and a cloud computing specialist, working at Rackspace Hosting, wrote in a Google+ post recently: “Google Glass is going to need a new kind of cloud computing and Google won’t be able to satisfy all the demand. If Google Glass is as big a deal as I think it will be, humans will generate much more data than they do today. Either because of sensor tracking to do things like play location-based games, or do health tracking, or more. Think about Waze, a traffic app, on Google Glass. The new developers will need new cloud computing. Plus, I see Glass as part of a contextual system, one that uses an Internet of Things, but also brings data from your own businesses in along with big data computation that will find new patterns to display on our glass.”

Furthermore, he argues: "It’s getting clearer and clearer to me that the future is contextual systems and Rackspace, if it executes well, should be a leader in providing infrastructure to these systems," and supposes this is why Rackspace is promoting Google at all.

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