Aryaka Networks, is the Akamai of the WAN as-a-service Industry. It’s years ahead of the competition in its segment. Ajit Gupta (CEO) and Sonal Puri (VP Marketing), have created something very special, and extremely disruptive. There is only one company in the planet that can challenge Aryaka, and it’s not Cisco, IBM, or AT&T; it’s Akamai. If Akamai doesn’t respond to Aryaka within the next 12 months, it’s history.
History Repeating Itself
History is repeating itself. Speedera Networks was once an equal to Akamai, the only CDN that really challenged Akamai’s dominance. It should have been Speedera Networks buying Akamai, not the other way around. After Akamai acquired Speedera, the CDN industry was never the same. Akamai became the largest CDN, exploding the gap between the #1 and #2 CDN. Fast forward 10 years, and Speedera Networks is again challenging Akamai, with the same team, in a new body, with a new spin, coming back with a vengeance.
Aryaka is a CDN, but a B2B CDN, not a B2C CDN like Akamai. The B2B CDN market is much larger than the B2C, because it crosses over into the WAN industry. Aryaka is creating a new market right before our eyes, collapsing the CDN & WAN industries into one. We are upon the next era of CDN, where CDN players need to expand horizontally, into different industries, going very deep into the areas of Security, WAN, SIEM (Log Management), & Mobility. If CDNs don’t extend horizontally, they will go by the wayside, like Panther Express and BitGravity.
Is Akamai in the Comfort Zone
Akamai is very nervous now. If it’s not, it should be. Akamai should be in panic mode, not operating in the business-as-usual mode, within their comfort zone. If Akamai fails to put it all on the table, and take a major risk that cost millions, in the next 6 months, it’s history will be written in Wikipedia, “At one time, Akamai was the number #1 CDN. Aryaka is the new #1”.
I can already see it. Sonal Puri, standing in the balcony, raising her champagne glass to a crowd of guest, saying “revenge is a dish best served cold. We failed the first time, but not the second. Akamai, we upped one on you baby. Cheers.”