Why is Akamai moving its entire IT infrastructure to the cloud?

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Akamai Technologies is a content delivery network and cloud services provider, so you might think Akamai is totally cloud-based. But, of course, it has the same legacy systems -- HR, sales, marketing, databases – as any company founded in 1998.

But senior vice president and CIO Kumud Kalia is determined to change that. Kalia’s ambitious goal is to move all of Akamai’s IT infrastructure to the public cloud.

Speaking at the Gartner ITExpo in Orlando, Fla. last week, Kalia said that people throw out lots of reasons for going to the cloud and he ticked off which ones were valid and which ones weren’t, based on his experience of having successfully moved around half of Akamai’s IT infrastructure to the cloud.

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