Robert Blumofe, vice president of networks and operations, is responsible for the deployment and operation of Akamai’s production infrastructure which consists of over 14,000 servers distributed worldwide in 2,500 locations, spread among 69 countries, and directly connected to over 1,000 networks. This production infrastructure supports all of Akamai’s services, delivering content and applications for over 1,000 enterprise customers, and routinely running at over 50 Gb/s and 900,000 hits/s with peaks well above those values. Blumofe is also one of Akamai’s Chief Architects and serves on the Architecture Board.
Service-oriented architecture, Web services, and J2EE technologies are dramatically changing the ways in which enterprises develop and deploy their Internet-facing applications. Because these applications potentially have a global user base, correctly architecting applications is a particular challenge. A combination of grid computing and utility computing offers a way to provide computing resources when and where they are needed, but developers must factor in certain considerations during design. This session will provide an in-depth overview of three real-world case studies using Grid computing in combination with Web services and J2EE to create Internet-based SOAs. It is designed for application architects and developers, and attendees will learn how applications can be designed to operate in a distributed computing environment such that performance and scalability problems are bypassed during deployment.
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