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March Release 2019

Announcing the March 2019 Release for Developers and Admins

March 4, 2019 ·

Akamai announces two major releases per year in order to help you to keep up with new functionality and find all the latest information in one place. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with an overview of what’s new in Akamai's March 2019 Release specifically for developers and admins.

This blog post covers the March 2019 Release details in five key areas (click to jump to any selection):

Web Performance

Web performance is Akamai’s middle name, if companies had middle names. Accordingly, the March 2019 Release includes several key web performance advancements.

Purging content by cache tag
This feature lets you selectively purge user-defined groups of content via a single call. For example, if you have a collection of objects that tend to be refreshed at the same time, you can now associate them with a cache tag and later completely delete or invalidate all content possessing this tag with a single purge request. Cache tag purging helps you maximize offload and minimize costs by optimizing your caching strategy.
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Automatic page groups for mPulse
Akamai mPulse now has the ability to automatically define and configure page groups for your site using standard regular expression rules based on your real user traffic. This functionality eliminates the manual effort currently involved with determining and setting up page groups.

API Gateway throttling
API throttling is a new capability in Akamai API Gateway that gives you an extra level of control by allowing you to more precisely regulate API responses. This capability can help you deal with situations such as a surge of API requests that threatens to overwhelm your API infrastructure.

Image Manager video optimization
Akamai Image Manager introduces short-form video optimization that will automatically transform and deliver videos that are tailored to each end user and device. This means lighter pages/apps, less manual work for developers (less code to maintain and less time creating different video sizes, bitrates, and formats), and higher-quality videos for the end user.

DataStream now available
Akamai DataStream is a newly released reporting API service that lets you monitor all transactions delivered through Akamai's platform. DataStream captures interactions between end users, Akamai edge servers, and origin servers (collectively known as the “middle mile”) as logs; these logs are then aggregated and made available to developers through push and pull APIs. These logs include data and insights on content delivery network (CDN) health, latency, offload, events, and errors, all of which gives you near real-time, detailed visibility into how your CDN is performing. This, in turn, helps you accelerate the speed of development and reduce the time required for troubleshooting and maintenance.

Adaptive Acceleration CLI Library
Adaptive Acceleration, included with Akamai Ion, now has a new CLI library that allows developers and admins to trigger a refresh of Learning Engine to ensure that the most up-to-date adaptive optimizations are being applied.

Adaptive Acceleration font preloading
Adaptive Acceleration’s Automatic Server Push and Automatic Preconnect capabilities now include font preloading, which improves user experience via faster browser text rendering.

Security

Intelligent security starts at the edge. Akamai helps developers and admins keep websites, applications, APIs, and users safe with the world’s only intelligent edge security platform.

Standardized security configuration process
In our ongoing quest to improve the entire Akamai security portfolio—which includes constant upgrades designed to make the user experience simpler and more efficient—we’ve now standardized the security configuration process across multiple Akamai web security products in order to simplify management while at the same time reducing overhead and flattening out the learning curve.

Bot Manager improvements
Recently, Akamai Bot Manager was named a leader among bot management vendors by Forrester, and with the March 2019 Release it’s getting even more powerful in these four ways:

  • Unsupervised device-anomaly identification: Bot Manager automatically profiles device characteristics and identifies bots not only based on individual anomalies but also using machine learning to identify anomalies compared against the universe of legitimate clients observed on the Akamai platform.
  • Adaptive anomaly clustering: Bot Manager now employs adaptive deep learning to analyze behavioral and device data and identify anomalies/deviations from normal patterns; these deviations, when clustered, can indicate a sophisticated bot attacker attempting to mimic human traffic.
  • New CAPTCHA capability: You can now assign a CAPTCHA response to requests from suspected bots in order to minimize the risk of false positives.
  • Self-serviceability: Through new self-service controls you can tune the strictness of advanced bot detection settings based on your unique risk profile, providing you with increased protection against false positives and false negatives for your applications.

DevOps

The Akamai for DevOps offering continues to grow, with more and more ways for you to automate your workflow with Akamai.

HTTP/2 will be automatically enabled by default on the Akamai platform
HTTP/2 is the bedrock of modern websites and helps top DevOps teams deliver fast, secure experiences. Akamai is proud to announce that HTTP/2 will now be enabled by default for all eligible traffic on Akamai’s intelligent edge platform. By giving you easier access to HTTP/2, Akamai will help you build and deliver experiences that are as fast, smart, and secure as possible.

Developer Tools

We’re constantly working to create and improve developer tools that help you do what you do best.

Akamai Sandbox now in beta
Now in beta, ready for you to test-drive: Akamai Sandbox is an isolated Akamai environment (i.e., a sandbox) that you can use for testing development versions of property configurations before deploying to the content delivery network.

New packages for Akamai CLI
Akamai CLI is the tool that lets you manage and configure Akamai from the command line. And now there are four new CLI packages so you can do even more from the command line: Akamai API Gateway, Fast DNS, Akamai Sandbox, and Image Manager.
See all available CLI packages

Akamai Control Center

Introducing the new Akamai Control Center
The Akamai Control Center (traditionally known as the Luna Control Center) sports an elegant new design that makes it easier for you to manage Akamai's products and services. By automatically surfacing important information, the new Control Center helps you be more productive and efficient. Two examples: the new Global Notifications capability keeps you instantly informed of important activities no matter where you are in the Control Center, and Status Cards highlight key data for you. Get complete details in the "Introducing Akamai Control Center" blog post.