Posted by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)
After giving Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM) a head start in the deployment of its adaptive streaming technology for Silverlight, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is now offering up “Smooth Streaming” capabilities to other content delivery networks (CDNs) and content publishers as part of a public beta that begins today.
According to Microsoft, smooth streaming over its Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS 7.0) Service Pack 1 (SP1) became available this morning to anyone that wishes to download the code at IIS.net.
Akamai got first crack at rolling out the technology as part of a partnership that the companies announced last October. But while it’s beaten competitors — like Limelight — to deploying Silverlight’s smooth streaming capabilities, that has yet to translate into any customers using the technology.
Jim Thill, senior product manager for Microsoft Silverlight, says that the companies are in trials with several customers, but have yet to secure any contracts for the technology.