Akamai uses CMAF to build ultralow latency into its Direct Connect platform

Akamai also updated its Cloud Wrapper for customers using public clouds. (Akamai Technologies)

Akamai on Wednesday announced that its Direct Connect for first-mile transit for linear video is getting ultralow-latency support for live and linear streaming, bringing it within one-to-two seconds of traditional broadcast.

The company is achieving this by using the common media application format (CMAF), a standardized transport container for either HLS or DASH, that was co-authored by Apple and Microsoft.

Akamai also updated its Cloud Wrapper for customers using public clouds to improve offload performance and reduce transit costs. The company also announced a series of updates to its cloud platform to better address issues like network edge security and open up more user insights.

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"As more companies move their operations and apps to the cloud, they are striving to balance the demands for security and agility, often firefighting point problems instead of directing their digital strategy. They need greater insight, agility and quality from their service provider partners to get there in a cost effective way," said Ari Weil, vice president of product marketing at Akamai, in a statement. "Akamai is innovating to help organizations meet continuously evolving challenges, threats, and competitive pressures."

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Akamai added automated protections and built-in API protection for web applications, and new client connectors that secure employee and application access. The company also added more capacity and regional coverage to its platform for instant DDoS attack mitigation.

The provider also added more insights geared toward understanding how changes to a web pages or applications impact user experience, and added support for federated development, containerized environments and microservices architectures.