Akamai: Speed Master

It figured out how to make a faster I-way

Last October, Britannica.com suffered every Web site's worst nightmare. No sooner had it begun offering free access to the Encyclopedia Britannica than a tidal wave of curious surfers swamped the site and knocked out Britannica's computers. The next day, Chicago-based Britannica called Akamai Technologies Inc., an upstart that eliminates congestion-related crashes by delivering much of the content on

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