Cambridge, Massachusetts based Akamai has opened up its once members only global internet monitoring website to the public. 20% of the web’s traffic is delivered over Akamai’s platform, allowing Akamai to monitor internet usage real time.
Akamai’s “Visualizing the Internet” gathers information over its network and constructs a comprehensive picture of exactly what is happening with the world’s internet tubes. Previously, this information was available only to Akamai’s members, but now you can access it here. Akamai’s constantly updated visualizations provide a really interesting look at global web traffic. The expected countries such as the United States, China and Japan show up in a different color than say Zimbabwe or Saudi Arabia.
The site also gives you access to maps that show the virus and attack hot spots around the world. Another interesting feature that Akamai has provided us access to is the Network Performance Comparison Map. Here you can choose an origin city, a destination city and a view. Graphically, the site will give you information about the connection between the two cities including the latency and the packet loss.
Being one of the main service providers for the online music industry, Akamai has also launched a Global Music Map which provides some insight into where the most music is being downloaded around the world. There are also maps for retail web visitors and news web visitors.