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Expanding our presence in Japan: Partnership and a new POP

By  Artur Bergman, CEO and Founder, July 30, 2015

This week, I’m in Tokyo to attend SoftBank World 2015. Today I had the honor of sharing the stage with Ken Miyauchi, President & CEO of SoftBank Corp., to make a few announcements about Fastly’s expanding presence in Japan.

  • We’ve partnered with SoftBank Corp. to offer our real-time content delivery network to Japanese companies. The partnership means that SoftBank will help us expand our customer base in the region, with CDN implementation and support delivered jointly in collaboration between Fastly and SoftBank.
  • In addition to our existing Tokyo POP, we’ve added a POP in Osaka (we use the airport code ITM to identify it), which has increased our server capacity in Japan by 50%.

Reasons for launching a new POP in Osaka include:

  • Performance. Establishing a second Japanese POP in Osaka allows Fastly to connect to more ISPs in the region, bringing our caches closer to end users.
  • Capacity. We’ve added additional capacity to support our growing customer base in the region.
  • Reliability: The Osaka POP provides redundancy to the region in the event of a failure in our Tokyo POP.

Japan is an exciting market for Fastly, and our Tokyo-based team is growing. We established Fastly Kabushiki Kaisha (K.K.), a wholly-owned Japanese subsidiary, earlier in the year with a new office in the Shin Marunouchi building in central Tokyo. It’s air-conditioned, which I’ve quickly learned is important in July!

We’re looking for Japanese-speaking customer support engineers, so if you’re based in Tokyo, come work with us.

Author

Artur Bergman | CEO and Founder

Artur Bergman has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since founding Fastly in March 2011. From September 2007 to June 2011, Mr. Bergman served as Manager, Vice President, then Chief Technology Officer of Wikia, Inc., a global community knowledge-sharing platform. From November 2005 to March 2007, Mr. Bergman served as Engineering Manager for SixApart, a social networking service. From the second half of 2003 to August 2005, Mr. Bergman served as Engineering Manager of Fotango, Ltd., a subsidiary of Canon Europe. We believe that Mr. Bergman is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors because of his industry knowledge and his experience as our founder, as well as his leadership experience and deep technical expertise.

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