Random Tidbit: RIM Uses Akamai to Cache Webpages and App World


This is a cool video demonstration of how Akamai’s NOCC works

This isn’t huge news or anything but more of an interesting tidbit of information about RIM for those who don’t know. RIM uses the services of a really cool company called Akamai to cache their pages globally. Akamai is a very well known company as they service some of the biggest companies in the world including Apple. Apple’s iTunes uses Akamai’s caching service to avoid the servers being overwhelmed. Songs, videos, Podcasts etc. are distributed by Akamai across their network of over 20,000 servers, which are placed at the ISP level across more than 70 countries. The traffic is routed using complex algorithms to direct each request to the right server so traffic can be efficiently managed. Not only does RIM use this service to cache web pages, but App World also uses this service to protect servers against crashing.

Another random benefit of having your pages cached by Akamai is that when you are making updates to your website, the end user will never know. If a new product is about to launch, or information needs to be changed, RIM can update the information and the end user will only be hitting the cached paged.

Akamai was founded in 1998 by then-MIT graduate student Daniel Lewin, along with MIT Applied Mathematics professor Tom Leighton and MIT Sloan School of Management students Jonathan Seelig and Preetish Nijhawan. Leighton still serves as Akamai’s Chief Scientist, while Lewin was killed aboard American Airlines flight 11 which crashed in the September 11 attacks of 2001.

It should be interesting to see how Akamai continues to protect RIM’s servers as BlackBerry becomes increasingly popular around the world. Considering App World is about to launch in China, and is already available in some very populated regions around the world, RIM’s servers will be under more pressure than ever.