Internet record may have been down to Tiger Woods

It seems that even though Tiger Woods did not win the U.S. Masters 2010 on his return to golf after his 5 months out, he may have helped set another sort of record. Akamai Technologies Inc., a company that enables users to power video and enterprise applications online, issued a press release today to say that the total content served across their worldwide network reached an all-time high.

The company stated that this was “spurred by unprecedented end user demand for premium online coverage of major sporting events as well as customer product announcements and software releases”. On Friday April 9 the company say their EdgePlatform rose to a new single-day peak of 3.45 Terabits per second of content served.

Akamai have been operating for over ten years and this was the highest rate of content ever served. An amazing statistic quoted by the company to give us some idea of just how big this is, is when they said it was “roughly equivalent to the capacity needed to download the entire printed contents of the US Library of Congress in less than a minute”.

Although Tiger Woods wasn’t actually mentioned by name you would have had to be living on Mars not to notice the influence he’s had at the U.S. Masters in the last week, and the record viewing figures it attracted, so it seems as though he really may have been the reason for this incredible record. Let us know your thoughts on this.

Via: boston.com
Source: Akamai Technologies