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Akamai Strengthens Ties to Macrometa


By: Mary Jander

Content delivery network titan Akamai (Nasdaq: AKAM) has strengthened its partnership deal with edge data management startup Macrometa in a move that could presage a shift in both vendors’ fortunes.

The gist of the announcement: Akamai, along with two unnamed investors, has made a “strategic equity investment” in Macrometa (unspecified, though rumors are flying about a substantial amount) and will throw more weight behind an existing partnership with the smaller vendor by selling Macrometa’s solution as part of an enterprise edge computing platform for developers.

As part of the deal, Andy Champagne, CTO of Akamai Labs, will join the Macrometa board as a non-voting board observer.

Akamai and Macrometa already had joined forces awhile back to address the enterprise edge development market, and Macrometa has partnerships with Cox Communications and Cloudflare (NYSE: NET). As of this writing, it’s not clear whether those relationships will be affected by the new Akamai arrangement.

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