Data privacy has never been hotter as a topic, in part because the US CLOUD Act came into force, making organizations once again question how their data is managed and who has access to it. In response the Court of Justice of the European Union passed the July 2020 Schrems II judgment, which invalidates the EU-US Privacy Shield, meaning companies cannot transfer personal data to the US any longer. Solving this dilemma when most companies use US-based cloud services is challenging but necessary.
Is the traditional Black Friday holiday spending extravaganza dead? Is the decline in Cyber Five spending experienced in 2021 a sign of a permanently changed e-commerce landscape? Or are we seeing longer shopping periods and the spread of spend across several weeks leading up to the big event? Has the comprehensive embrace of online shopping for virtually everything shifted consumers’ mindsets away from the rush of supposed Black Friday “deals”?
Content can’t be king without the CDN
In mid-2021 a handful of catastrophic commercial CDN outages made the world take notice: the supposedly decentralized internet of the future has been centralized and served through an increasingly narrow set of CDN providers, making the entire internet more vulnerable to failure. Commercial CDNs offer scale and reach, but as these outages demonstrate, lengthy outages, revenue and productivity losses, and unhappy end-users aren’t great for business.
One of the most important tools in securing high-performance web content delivery is caching. But when we talk about caching, we often refer to static content that never changes and doesn’t contain any personalized information. Dynamic content, which changes frequently and is often used to personalize web experiences, isn’t easily cached because it contains content specifically tailored to an individual user.