Case | HBS Case Collection | December 2011 (Revised April 2013)

Akamai's Edge (A)

by Eric Van den Steen

Abstract

In 2009, Paul Sagan, CEO of Akamai, the leading online content delivery network with a 60% market share, needs to decide how to respond to aggressive entry in its market, whether and how to pursue the explosive growth in online video, and whether to stay with its distributed network model or move towards its competitors' more centralized design.

Keywords: Competitive Advantage; Market Entry and Exit; Business Model; Competitive Strategy; Network Effects; Values and Beliefs;

Citation:

Van den Steen, Eric. "Akamai's Edge (A)." Harvard Business School Case 712-455, December 2011. (Revised April 2013.)