An internet networking company has created a virtual weather map of internet conditions, measuring attack traffic, network latency between major cities, traffic volume and network performance.
With over 25,000 servers in more than 750 cities that are used by content providers to bypass bottlenecks in the internet’s infrastructure, Akamai Technologies is, for the first time, making the visualisation of how the internet is performing publicly available.
Akamai operates operating the world's largest distributed computing platform for accelerating online content and applications, but the company’s co-founder and chief scientist, Tom Leighton said it can be easy to take for granted that the internet will always be on and always working.
But the incident over New Year, when an earthquake damaged undersea cables, causing major disruption to internet availability throughout Asia, could now be flagged quickly by the new web tool launched this month by the vendor.
“Reality shows us that there are many factors, on any given day, degrading the internet’s performance. Some are malicious and some are the result of the incredible amount of content being requested at any one time,” said Leighton.
“Akamai is in a unique position to monitor the internet in real-time, identifying where and when the internet is being taxed. The services we provide, exploiting this data, are geared toward helping our customers overcome the challenges of the internet so they can effectively conduct business online. Although there is a great deal more that we monitor daily on the internet on behalf of our customers, these tools are a first for giving the public a view into the internet’s growth, stability and potential trouble."
The new monitoring provision consists of three data visualisation tools, each with interactive settings, allowing visitors to customise the data based on interest. The Real-Time Web Monitor identifies the global regions with the greatest attack traffic, cities with the slowest web connections (latency), and geographic areas with the most web traffic (traffic density).
Visit Akamai’s website to view how the internet is performing at this moment.