Global internet infrastructure company Akamai suffered an outage on 22 July 2021 night that lasted over an hour, taking down several online applications across India and overseas. This was the second major outage involving a delivery network in as many months that affected internet usage on a global scale.

What is Akamai?

  1. Akamai is a global content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services platform that is rented by online content and commerce services apps.
  2. On 22 July 2021, Akamai faced a disruption on its Edge DNS service that took down platforms such as Zomato, Paytm, parts of Amazon, Airbnb, PlayStation Network, Steam, Disney+Hotstar, etc for a short while.
  3. Edge DNS as a technology provides a shorter route for DNS, or domain name services, between a company’s servers and its users, thereby drastically decreasing resolution times and providing low latencies.
  4. In June, a major issue with the content delivery network of American cloud computing services provider Fastly caused several large websites to go down globally for about half an hour.
  5. Just like Akamai, Fastly is a cloud computing services provider, which offers CDN, edge computing, cloud storage services.