Cloud computing, managed services, and IT security

November 19, 2013 — This week on “Federal Tech Talk”, host John Gilroy interviews Tom Ruff, vice president Public Sector for Akamai Technologies.

With a name like “Akamai” one would think of a company originating in Japan.

Akamai Technologies was founded in 1998 by a student and his professor at MIT. They wanted a distinctive name, so they selected a word from Hawaii that conveyed a meaning of smart or intelligent. Very similar to the origin of the term “wiki.”

Akamai Technologies takes a look at network systems and develops algorithms to speed up transfer of information.

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The system they developed is generally classified under the phrase, “managed service.” A federal information professional would normally consider using a managed service like this for dynamic allocation of resources.

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A good example might be FEMA during a serious storm like Sandy.

It is hard to predict when a system will be stressed, when you have the option of using a system that expand with your requirements means less downtime and improved service to citizens.

During the interview, Ruff discusses a survey they had commissioned to gather perceptions of systems security from actual federal users.

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