Fastly is in the business of making sure that consumers of services on the web aren’t hampered in their consumption of services by speed issues. Like competitors Akamai, Cloudflare and a host of others, the company is all about removing the network as the weakest link in application delivery.
Founded only five or so years ago, Fastly has grown and now boasts of some high-profile and high-traffic customers including Airbnb, Alaska Airlines, Vimeo, The Guardian, The New York Times and Ticketmaster.
The company is today expanding its offering to include a new “edge cloud platform.” The idea of this announcement is to move Fastly away from simply being a content delivery network (CDN), as it explains. Since significant amounts of the traffic traversing the internet is actually generated by users sitting at the edge (think connected cars, wearable devices and connected homes), this addition is designed to both process and serve the data at the edge.