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Last Week in Performance Industry - May Final Edition

WordPress’ 10th Anniversary

People get passionate about their blogs more than they do about their Twitter or Facebook profiles, explains Matt Mullenweg, CEO at Wordpress, and looks back on a 10-year career of one of the most popular content management systems (CMS). Today, Wordpress moves more than than 18% of all web content, approaching 70 million sites.

Video - Matt Mullenweg, CEO at Wordpress talks about their 10th anniversary

Another co-founder of Wordpress, Mike Little, says that "the Wordpress community includes tens of thousands of businesses that now rely on WordPress in some way or another, from the mighty (CNN, TED, WSJ, Ford) all the way to individual entrepreneurs. It also includes the hundreds of people who help out on the support forums and the many, many people who contribute to groups on Linked In and Q&A sites like WordPress Answers."

They know that continuous growth will include mentoring new contributors, bringing new talent and fresh points constantly.

See here who is the new summer cohort joining the Wordpress team.

Also, read the letter from Mike Little.


New CDN solutions added to Akamai: Aura Lumen and Aura Spectra

Aura Lumen and Aura Spectra are now available as a part of Akamai's Aura Network Solutions family of Operator CDN (OCDN) technologies. "The value of CDNs is very clear to the operator community, but requires reduction of technical complexity and a means to effectively deliver ‘off network' content to their customers," explained Mick Scully, vice president and general manager at Akamai, in a press release. "Through our Aura Network Solutions we're able to provide operators with new ways to take advantage of the IP media revolution, evolve their business models and attract and keep new subscribers. And we're doing it in a way that's intended to be as flexible and cost effective as possible."

Aura Lumen is a licensed CDN software suite, while Aura Spectra is a Software-as-a-Service CDN suite providing operators with media CDN capabilities that can be deployed more quickly. The Aura Network Solutions family of operator CDN technology is aimed at telecom providers and other networking giants to help them stream content more flawlessly, especially multiple video formats.

Read the official press release here.


Help Run Your Site with Bitcoin: Max CDN and NetDNA Now Accepting

"We’re happy to announce that we now accept Bitcoins as payment on the MaxCDN order form," says the official release from Max CDN provider. "We’re supporters of the open source ecosystem, and a large component is being responsive to requests from the community. Developers, a core portion of our customer base, are requesting this payment method and we’re excited to use the emerging “coin of the realm” for transactions."


MaxCDN partnered with BitPay to accept payments in Bitcoin. Moreover, they are offering a 20% discount for new customers who sign up with Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a P2P open-source digital currency, and it's becoming more popular within different segments of the Internet community.

Read more from Bitcoin News Journal (which also runs on MaxCDN)


Growth of Personal Clouds with Mobile Cloud Market

The growth of personal clouds is explained as due to the continued growth of mobile computing, growth of devices typically leveraged for personal use, and thus the need for shared storage, and due to an acceptance that personal clouds are secure enough for the storage of personal information. This is explained in an article for GigaOm, by David Linthicum.

He also highlights the following:

  • iCloud, for example, which was just released in 2011, is now leveraged by 27% of Americans polled, according to the Strategy Analytics report
  • Dropbox is now leveraged by 17% of Americans
  • The cloud-based mobile market will generate annual revenue of $9.5 billion in 2014, up substantially from $400 million in 2009, at an average annual increase of 88%

Read the full article to find out more about side-benefits and what can IT enterprises learn from those.


Rackspace adds vRouter: Partners with Brocade

Rackspace announced that it is making the Brocade Communications Vyatta vRouter available in its hybrid cloud.

The vRouter is a software-based router that runs on server hardware, so it can do routing but also act as a virtual private network (VPN) gateway. It also includes a virtual firewall, with virtual private networking for linking internal and external sites to each other securely.

"Customers have had to do a number of different things to try to get these functions into their public or private cloud slices," says John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace, "such as using firewall rules built into Linux, or using OpenVPN as well as the open source Vyatta or the commercial-grade software which has extensions not available in the open source version. With Vyatta, customers can now get industrial-strength firewall, routing, and VPN into the cloud."

Read more from The Register.

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