Industry-renowned expert to lead Company’s focus on cloud optimization
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud optimization services, announced today the appointment of Chuck Neerdaels as Vice President of Engineering, Cloud Platforms. A pioneer in the field of Internet technologies, Mr. Neerdaels possesses nearly two decades of experience building Internet caching, streaming, storage and content acceleration solutions. Neerdaels re-joins Akamai having most recently served as a vice president in the cloud computing group at Yahoo!. He will be based out of Akamai’s San Mateo, CA office, where he will lead the company’s Cloud Platforms engineering team.
Earlier in his career, Neerdaels held senior engineering roles at Netscape, Inktomi (now owned by Yahoo!) and Akamai, where he led the research and development of numerous product launches. Neerdaels is also one of the original authors of the federally-funded Harvest Information Discovery System, or “Harvest Project,” which evolved to become today’s popular Squid caching server.
“For over a decade, Akamai has helped companies leverage the power of the Internet by transforming it into a secure and reliable place for transacting business. Now, the same underlying technologies and solutions are needed to drive successful enterprise adoption of cloud computing,” said Harald Prokop, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Akamai. “Chuck’s proven engineering expertise, combined with his reputation for innovation, makes him a tremendous asset to Akamai as we evolve our offerings in this dynamic and growing market.”
An alternative to centralized cloud infrastructure, Akamai’s cloud optimization services are built on top of an intelligent network of more than 65,000 servers distributed across 1,000 Internet service providers worldwide. This distributed network runs at the edge of the cloud, striving to transform the Internet into a high-performance platform where companies can confidently develop and deploy business-critical applications within a cloud computing environment.
“As more and more enterprises deploy applications on cloud platforms, the need for advanced optimization services has become critical to the success of their cloud initiatives,” says Neerdaels. “I’m excited to be part of the Akamai team again and I look forward to leveraging my experience to advance Akamai’s mission of enabling enterprises around the world to pursue hybrid or full cloud strategies.”
Neerdaels received a B.A.E.M. in Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota and completed extensive coursework toward a Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Southern California.
For more information about Akamai’s cloud optimization services please visit www.akamai.com/cloud.
Akamai® provides market-leading, cloud-based services for optimizing Web and mobile content and applications, online HD video, and secure e-commerce. Combining highly-distributed, energy-efficient computing with intelligent software, Akamai’s global platform is transforming the cloud into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, transact and collaborate. To learn how the world’s leading enterprises are optimizing their business in the cloud, please visit www.akamai.com and follow @Akamai on Twitter.
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