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

Akamai's Edge (B)

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 market entry, whether and how to pursue the explosive growth in online video, and whether to stay with Akamai's distributed network model or move towards its competitors' more centralized design.

Keywords: Market Entry and Exit; Competitive Advantage; Network Effects;

Citation:

Van den Steen, Eric. "Akamai's Edge (B)." Harvard Business School Supplement 712-456, December 2011. (Revised April 2013.)