Fastly is an edge computing provider, the infrastructure backbone supporting the technology that everyday internet users depend on. In a nutshell, Fastly builds mini data centers in strategic locations across the globe, allowing users to get access to content faster than ever.
In a nutshell, the company builds mini data centers in strategic locations across the globe, allowing users to get access to content faster than ever. Imagine driving a self-driving car. It needs to make split-second driving decisions, which are powered by computer processing. If the car had to wait seconds to get information from a traditional data center, that just wouldn’t work. It needs computing power immediately, from smaller server outposts — edge networks.
The company currently works with email-killer Slack, streaming music provider Spotify, on-demand booking services like HotelTonight and AirBnb, streaming video players like Twitch and Dish Network, media publications like New York Times, Fast Company, Rolling Stone and others. To highlight the scale of what Fastly to, Nick Rockwell CTO at the New York Times said “I’m a huge fan of Fastly. On election night, we had 100,000 requests per second, and Fastly performed flawlessly — we had no problems at all.”
The company has achieved over 100% annualized revenue growth in the last two quarters and doubled its overall customer base in two years. After also hearing that their edge cloud platform serves over 10% of internet requests and is performing at rates akin to Salesforce, SuccessFactors, WorkDay, Marketo, and other heavyweights, I invited Artur Bergman, Founder & CEO of Fastly onto the show to find out more.
Accroding to his profile on Crunchbase, Artur Bergman is also a hacker and technologist at-large, was the director of engineering at Wikia, supporting its mission to compile and index the world’s knowledge. He is also an enthusiastic apologist for federated identity and a board member of the OpenID Foundation. His current interests include semantic search, large scale infrastructure, open source development, federated instant messaging, neurotransmitters, and the future of cyborgs.
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