Did Tiger Woods help set an Internet record?
That's one possible interpretation of a press release out this morning from Akamai Technologies Inc., the Cambridge company that provides services that enable its customers to power video and enterprise applications online.
Saying that its global network reached an all-time high for total content served, the company added: "Spurred by unprecedented end user demand for premium online coverage of major sporting events as well as customer product announcements and software releases, the Akamai EdgePlatform reached a new, single-day peak of 3.45 Terabits per second of content served on Friday April 9th. This rate of content served is Akamai's highest in more than 10 years in business, and represents total, simultaneous content served in support of over 3,100 customers worldwide."
According to Akamai, the traffic peak of 3.45 Terabits per second is "roughly equivalent to the capacity needed to download the entire printed contents of the US Library of Congress in less than a minute."
The company's release made no mention of Tiger Woods (shown above right in an AP file photo from last week) but, arguably, the Masters was one of the biggest sporting events of recent days.
In a statement, company president and chief executive Paul Sagan said: "This new peak demand demonstrates the Internet's emergence as a primary channel for communications, entertainment, and commerce.... Most notably, in just the six months since announcing the Akamai HD Network, we have seen many of the largest live events move to high definition video delivery. Consumers now expect access to premium content online."