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The Domain akadns.net and the name servers in the DNS records belong to Akamai.
So, effectively, Google do no longer control their DNS load balancing. It's all done by Akamai now. It puzzles me that Google have outsourced a somewhat crucial part of their business, especially since it is a purely technological issue.
BTW, similar Akamai services are used by Microsoft and the FBI ;)
[edited by: WebGuerrilla at 9:13 pm (utc) on Sep. 17, 2003]
Akamai (AKAM) latest 12 months
Sales: $145.10 Mil
Income: $-126.40 Mil
Shares Outstanding: 119 Mil
Price per share: $5.14
Akamai's global network consists of 14,372 servers in 1,134 networks, in 70 countries.
World's Most Popular Search Engine Improves Site Performance, Availability and Security with NetScaler 9000 Series Secure Application Networking Systemssource: Google Selects NetScaler to Optimize Search Performance [biz.yahoo.com]
Kind of strange to see that Google now also uses Akamai.
I was looking at a lot of log files and for the first time since 97 I see a decreease in logs file for 4 weeks in a row. And if Microsoft also switch for Akamai (and linux proxy servers) like M$ few weeks ago [internetweek.com].... Take your own conclusion!
Isabel will be a "drop" compare to the next virus flood.