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Akamai announces seven new cloud regions

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Akamai Technologies has announced new cloud regions in seven locations across Europe, Asia, and North and Latin America.

The regions will be located in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Jakarta, Indonesia; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Milan, Italy; Osaka, Japan; and São Paulo, Brazil.

The new regions will start to come online throughout September and October of this year, and form the third installment of Akamai’s rollout of new core compute regions since its $900m acquisition of Linode last year. The new regions join a footprint spanning more than 4,100 edge Points of Presence across 131 countries.

Akamai’s cloud computing services are designed for higher-performance workloads that need to run closer to end-users. Its services form Akamai Connected Cloud, a distributed edge and cloud platform which the company launched earlier this year.

“The need for companies to provide a better user experience increasingly exposes the limits of the legacy centralised cloud model,” said Adam Karon, chief operating officer and general manager, Cloud Technology Group, Akamai.

“We’re solving this challenge for customers by flipping the script. With Akamai Connected Cloud, we’re taking an outside-in, distributed-first approach built on a commitment to cloud-native technologies and the same network many of the world’s largest companies have relied on for more than two decades. It’s an approach focused on a future where scale becomes as much about the size of the network as it does the size of the data centre.”

Over the past few months, Akamai has opened 13 new core compute regions. The company has said it is planning to roll out more global core compute regions later this year, as part of its aims to reach hard-to-access markets around the world.

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