Akamai inks cloud deal with China Unicom

Akamai Technologies signs partnership deal with China Unicom's cloud unit, CU Cloud, which will bundle its services with the CDN vendor's offerings and deliver its own services on Akamai's platform.

Akamai Technologies has inked a partnership deal with China Unicom's cloud business, CU Cloud, to offers its full range of web performance, media delivery, and cloud security services.

One of China's largest cloud computing service providers, CU Cloud will bundle its services with Akamai's offerings and both partners will further develop opportunities aimed at helping Chinese businesses expand their web presence globally.

In a statement this week, Akamai said the deal would extend the reach of its CDN (content delivery network) services in China. It added that CU Cloud also would be tapping its "turnkey CDN" technology to deliver its own cloud services.

"China Unicom is a major carrier in China, serving the global internet market [and] we're excited to be partnering with CU Cloud to tap into the fast-growing China cloud and CDN market," said Noam Freedman, Akamai's senior vice president of global networks division.

China Unicom last June announced plans to build its first and largest facility overseas, in Hong Kong, investing HK$3 billion (US$387.03 million) in a new site that will support six key functions. These included serving as the operator's global network operations center with sub-cable landing station, cloud computing service platform, and internet data center.

Last week, Akamai also officially opened its new security operations center (SOC) in Bangalore, India, which had been operational since December 2014. The facility operates 24 by 7 and extends the CDN vendor's global cyber defense network, it said. By end-2015, the Indian facility will be Akamai's second-largest SOC in terms of human resources outside of the United States.

"It's clear that many Asian countries continue to be a major source of cyberattacks," said Sidharth Malik, the company's India managing director and vice president. "Locating SOC resources close to the point of attack origin provides Akamai with a significant mitigation advantage."