App is http://mynaweb.com/
I just broke the sign up form so email us if you want in on the beta.
I think my startup might have a good solution for you. That is if the content you are serving is of non-trivial size. We do not have servers around the world but instead work by improving the TCP protocol itself. Thus you do not have to worry about your server side software being loaded on different computers all over the world and how it would perform in various virtual machine environments, etc. Our software would be loaded on your servers only, and you can place your servers anywhere that is convenient for you.
We still have not officially launched but this is a barebones website:
Let me know what you think. You can reach me at
hristo at mainlinenet dot com.
Among the more unique and impressive products are a set of route/path optimizers. They make constant speed, latency, congestion, and reliability measurements from thousands of points across the internet and use that data to send content through the most efficient paths possible.
Also, these services aren't just blanket across your domain or account - you can configure exactly what content gets what treatment based on literally hundreds of different variables. Furthermore, there are ways of having your origin servers send info to Akamai's edge caches that can then be used to make even smarter decisions, per-request.
I agree with other posters - it's expensive overkill for small sites or sites with modest needs, but for those who need maximum control, reliability and performance, I don't think there's any other company that provides it.
That's a fair assessment. Akamai isn't really ideal for startups (from a cost standpoint), but once a startup has gained traction in the market and is looking to scale (or optimize performance), you can't beat Akamai. Code optimization will only get you so far. Akamai's service will do things like find the shortest path (which cuts down on latency) and all sorts of other things upstream/downstream. Those things sound small, but have a huge impact to your site's performance.