Distil Networks-Akamai Integration

January 30, 2018 Bobby Power

Many websites and web applications rely on Akamai, a leading content delivery network (CDN) services provider. With the largest datacenter footprint of any CDN—currently more than 216,000 servers in more than 120 countries—Akamai is one of the most trusted names for delivering web content to users around the globe.

But all of that traffic and content being optimized for faster delivery brings new levels of security concerns. If human users can surf a website more efficiently, so too can bad bots. In fact, as Distil’s 2017 Bad Bot Report explains, 40% of all web traffic in 2016 originated from bots. We expect that number to rise even higher this year.

Fortunately, we’ve successfully integrated our premier bot protection suite—covering web requests as well as web app and server API requests—directly into Akamai’s CDN time and again. While every customer’s infrastructure and integration is different, we’ve worked out the answers to common questions and have overcome hurdles to find the perfect Akamai – Distil integration.

We recently released the Distil Networks – Akamai Integration Guide, which provides general instructions for integrating Distil with Akamai’s CDN. It includes these three steps:

  1. Testing Configuration – Implement a simple test behavior to make sure headers are functioning properly.
  2. Percentage Onboarding Configuration – Send a small subset of your traffic to Distil to verify, once again, that everything is functioning properly.
  3. Production Configuration – Send all of you production traffic to Distil.

Review or download a copy of the Distil Networks – Akamai Integration Guide directly in our Help Center, where you’ll also find our existing and future integration guides.


About the Author

Bobby Power

Bobby comes to Distil Networks as a technical writer with previous software documentation experience in both the public and private sectors. He is responsible for working with Distil’s Product Marketing team to develop detailed documentation and online help, including Knowledge Base articles, in-app help, user guides, and more. He spends his free time with his wife, son, daughter, and dog, and writes for a few music outlets, including AdHoc, Decoder Magazine, Thump/Vice, and Creative Loafing.

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