Posted on February 27th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

MrsP.com Selects CDNetworks to Deliver "Effortless Magic" – HD Video Streaming and Website Acceleration – Hollywood Veterans Launch Multimedia "Edutainment" Website

 

cdnetworks-logo CDNetworks (KOSDAQ: 073710), a top-three global, full-service content delivery network (CDN), announced today that MrsP.com, the new free children’s education and entertainment website created and produced by a team of Hollywood veterans, has selected CDNetworks as its exclusive provider of HD streaming video services and website acceleration services. CDNetworks was selected for its ability to deliver MrsP.com’s content with "effortless magic," to children around the world, using CDNetworks’ implementation of HD Adobe Flash Media Server 3, global network infrastructure, and leading-edge content delivery technologies.
MrsP.com’s goal is to inspire young people, ages 4-12, to use their imaginations and to spark a passion for books and reading. The website is subscription-free and contains no advertising. MrsP.com features well-known TV star, Kathy Kinney (who played Mimi Bobeck on the Drew Carey show) as Mrs. P, a redheaded Irishwoman who reads classic children’s stories from her "Magic Library." The HD video content, filmed by a Hollywood production crew, includes original illustrations or photographs to help tell the stories, but focuses primarily on the emotive performances of the storyteller. The site is created and produced, with top Hollywood production values, by Mrs P Enterprises, founded by Kinney, Hollywood-veteran TV writer Clay Graham, and former entertainment and New Media executive, Dana Plautz.
The MrsP.com website is a rich, multimedia experience filled with interactive features, images, audio, games, contests and videos. The primary content offered on MrsP.com is a library of original HD streaming videos, ranging from 5-30 minutes, offered by Mrs. P from her "Magic Library." MrsP.com’s creators and producers required content delivery technology and services that would support the mood of "effortless magic" on the video-heavy website, to ensure its young audience would have a smooth viewing experience.
"Waiting forever for videos to load, or for an image of Mrs. P to buffer, would take away from the charm of our site," said Clay Graham, Co-President of Mrs P Enterprises, LLC. "We are doing something that’s never been done before in a children’s website. The first companies we approached said what we wanted was technologically impossible. But CDNetworks knew just what to do."
"Delivering a rich media environment, without extreme load times for end users, was a key implementation challenge," said Dana Plautz, Co-President of MrsP.com. "CDNetworks offered us solutions to help navigate some of these content-management issues. With its global content delivery infrastructure and leading-edge CDN technology, CDNetworks enables an exceptionally high-quality video viewing experience for our young viewers, giving them a ‘magical’ Mrs. P experience."
"We are extremely pleased to be working with MrsP.com, which is a premiere example of a dynamic and innovative content provider in the entertainment sector," said Simon Lee, CEO of CDNetworks US. "CDNetworks is proud to offer a proven leading-edge, streaming-technology infrastructure, leveraging our deep experience in Adobe FMS 3, to guarantee a fast, reliable and fun end-user experience for their website’s young audience."

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Posted on February 26th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Limelight Turns In Steady Q4 | Telecom Ramblings

 

Content delivery networking challenger Limelight Networks (LLNW: chart, news) reported its fourth quarter numbers after the bell.  Overall, revenues of $33.6M were roughly inline with expectations or perhaps a touch above, which extended their sequential growth following revenue pressure during the height of last year’s fiscal crisis.  EBITDA of $3.3M and adjusted EPS of -$0.04 were a bit light due to higher costs.  Higher cost of service came from network expansion activities, while there were also one time costs for their M&A activity and some extra bad debt expense.

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Posted on February 26th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Level 3 helps France Televisions deliver Vancouver Games in HD

 

Feb 25, 2010 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) —

Provider of fibre-based communications services Level 3 Communications Inc (Nasdaq: LVLT | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating) said today is working with France Televisions to help deliver the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in high definition (HD) to online and mobile audiences, from 12 February 2010 to 28 February 2010. Financial details were not available.

France Televisions is delivering the Winter Games live to the Web and Apple iPhone during the two-week event from 19:00 PST until 06:00 PST and also providing on-demand content at all other hours.

Level 3 said that this content delivery is made possible with its content delivery network (CDN) and Live Event services, alongside Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Live Smooth Streaming and Microsoft Silverlight.

IIS Smooth Streaming is reportedly designed to help improve the quality of an online video stream by minimizing broadcast disruptions through varying the quality of the delivery in real time, based on the available bandwidth of a given computer.

In addition to delivering the Games to online users, Level 3′s CDN platform allows the company to easily direct the same video content to mobile users.

Level 3 helps France Televisions deliver Vancouver Games in HD | TradingMarkets.com

Posted on February 25th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

HyperIP Positioned for Cloud Infrastructures & Virtualization Applications

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – February 23, 2009 – NetEx, the leader in WAN optimization software, today announced that its award-winning HyperIP® software-only WAN optimizer is the only product on the market that is primed for the intersection of two critical IT trends – virtualization and cloud storage/computing – enabling an unmatched flexibility for enterprises to quickly and easily migrate, replicate backup and recover cloud-based data wherever it is deployed around the world.

NetEx released HyperIP for VMware to take advantage of the server and infrastructure consolidation benefits of VMware, including the new VMware vSphere 4, with its cloud-specific features, enabling large enterprises as well as SMBs and SMEs to build private clouds on top of their VMware virtualized infrastructures. HyperIP accelerates a wide range of VMware data migration functions across WANs, including VMotion and Storage VMotion, vCenter Site Recovery Manager and vCenter Converter to optimize the migration of physical-to-virtual images. In recent validation testing DeepStorage Labs found that using HyperIP can accelerate VMotion migration of virtual machines by 1,000 percent, exceeding the performance specifications from NetEx.

Infrastructure virtualization has become a key enabling technology for cloud-based applications as more enterprises seek to lower their IT costs by moving their infrastructures to computing and storage clouds for on-demand services. With an increasing amount of IT services being deployed from a variety of clouds, some experts see the economic appeal of cloud computing and cloud storage to be part of a larger overall trend toward the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with all IT services delivered as on-demand utilities. NetEx is already prepared for this trend with its HyperIP software, a solution designed to increase transfer application efficiencies and to overcome the costs or bandwidth limitations of replicating, migrating and recovering data from cloud storage sites. HyperIP is an indispensable software transport application for any enterprise that is using cloud storage but cannot afford extended downtime to restore remote files after a local failure. HyperIP eliminates this issue by enabling enterprises to move or replicate vast amounts of critical information using their common Ethernet and TCP/IP networks. In addition, NetEx is the only WAN optimization vendor that offers high-speed Recovery on Demand technology following a data disaster.

With the HyperIP Recovery on Demand feature, NetEx gives customers access to wide open performance keys to speed data recovery operations from the cloud when a disaster hits. NetEx sells HyperIP solutions in a variety of scalable configurations with data rates ranging from 1.5 Mb/s up to 800 Mb/s. Under the Recovery on Demand program the company provides customers with a free software key with unlimited bandwidth (full open keys) for 10 days or until they have recovered completely.

“It’s no secret that cloud computing and cloud storage will be the cornerstones of the virtual data center of the future, but there still needs to be a viable and economical method to migrate, deploy and recover the vast amounts of data that are being virtualized and stored in cloud sites around the globe,” said Robert MacIntyre, NetEx Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. “NetEx recognized these trends early on and we are now ideally positioned with HyperIP as the premier optimization solution for moving large data sets across WANs securely, swiftly and seamlessly. It is just not feasible to provide these types of on demand (cloud) services with hardware-based optimization solutions. The hardware based WAN optimizers simply cannot meet these levels of scalability required for cloud DR services. Fork lift upgrades are non starters.”

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Posted on February 19th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Internap Allows Organizations to Experience Performance-Optimized Video Delivery with Content Delivery Network Offer

60-day trial showcases the industry’s only route-optimized CDN, backed by 100 percent performance guarantee – with no early termination fees

ATLANTA – February 19, 2010Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a global provider of end-to-end Internet business products and services, today announced that it is offering qualifying customers an easy way to experience the reliability and performance of its route-optimized Content Delivery Network (CDN), which is backed by a 100 percent Service Level Guarantee and 24×7 U.S.-based customer support. The offer will allow organizations to cancel the 12-month contract after 60 days if they are not completely satisfied – with no early termination fees.

As organizations increasingly utilize video for a wide range of business applications – including customer service, product demonstrations, training and sales – ensuring an optimal video experience with no degradation issues has become a top priority. As a result, network quality is now one of the key criteria for organizations when selecting a CDN provider. Internap helps customers solve this challenge with the industry’s only performance-optimized CDN, based on its patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO) technology. MIRO continuously analyzes network performance characteristics – such as available bandwidth, delays and packet loss – to ensure that video traffic is delivered over the best Internet path 100 percent of the time.

“Video is rapidly becoming a core element in organizations’ business strategies, making jitter, rebuffering or any other performance problems on the video network unacceptable since they can directly impact the end-user experience and ultimately, the business itself,” said Peter Evans, senior vice president of marketing at Internap. “This offer is an easy, low-risk opportunity for organizations to experience the visible performance difference – made possible by our unique MIRO technology and award-winning, round-the-clock customer support teams – that sets our CDN apart from others in the industry.”

Internap’s CDN provides a complete solution for live and on-demand video streaming with “set and forget” capabilities that allow organizations to focus exclusively on content creation by simplifying content uploading, transcoding, management and reporting. For more details on Internap’s CDN and trial offer, visit: http://promo.internap.com/MTC_Common/mtcURLSrv.aspx?ID=8979&Key=C6228795-DD2E-47C0-A21F-A4CE7FB1D318&URLID=3782.

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Posted on February 17th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

IBM partnership, IBM CDN | CDN Strategy Blog

 

Jet Stream and IBM have formed a partnership to work together in CDN projects. Jet Stream was contacted by IBM about 9 months ago to learn more about our CDN technologies…

…After an NDA and a demo we decided to meet in London to further discuss the developments in the telecom industry with the focus on CDN solutions. IBM had shopped around for CDN solutions and had not found any solution that fit their needs. Most CDNs had a CDN service-only (SAAS) business case that didn’t fit the CDN licensing business model IBM had in mind. And other CDN technology vendors had an inflexible appliance-dependent approach that made deploying the CDNs that IBM has in mind extremely expensive and impossible.

But the Jet Stream VDO-X solution is 100% software, and was according to IBM much better fit for their business ideas, flexibility requirements, integration requirements and deployment requirements. Our technology can easily get into the smallest nerves of huge networks. So we are now formally IBM partnerworld partner. This means that IBM can license our technology globally for tier-1 operators and that we can push IBM forward as a global systems integrator.

To demonstrate the IBM CDN solution, IBM has deployed a CDN demo setup in their stunningly beautiful La Gaude Innovation & Business Solution Lab near Nice in southern France. The core of this demo CDN is our VDO-X CDN software. We have worked on this in the past few months. IBM added IBM and third party technologies. The demo setup can mimic traffic patterns of telco networks, to show the huge bandwidth savings, new business opportunities and new features an on-net CDN can provide.

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Posted on February 17th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

CloudLeverage Eyes Enterprise Cloud Storage « Data Center Knowledge

 

February 16th, 2010 : Linda Leung

Some cloud storage providers compete on features, others on price. Startup CloudLeverage says it will compete on both fronts, claiming it offers enterprise-grade features at public cloud pricing. At $0.05 per gigabyte of storage, the pricing announced by CloudLeverage undercuts Amazon’s $0.15 per GB pricing and yet offers customers such enterprise features as network-attached storage, VPN tunneling, or an MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) infrastructure.

CloudLeverage, funded by hosting and colocation provider Netriplex, says it will provide storage, acceleration, security, load balancing, and DNS services from 32 data centers worldwide. Storage customers can choose to place their data in up to nine data centers.

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Posted on February 15th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Internet Evolution – R. Scott Raynovich – Online Video: Booming Growth, Sinking Costs

 

Written by R. Scott Raynovich

comScore Inc. recently announced in its “Year in Review” for 2009 that use of Internet video continues to explode, which will continue to fuel the debate about whether serving Internet video can be a profitable business.

Hulu LLC ’s growth was 140 percent, year over year. Then take a look at YouTube Inc. : It recently said it’s serving 1 billion streams per day! YouTube maintains the leading market share of the online video market at 26 percent, according to comScore’s calculations.

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Posted on February 11th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Level 3 to Deliver CDN Services for U.S. Geological Survey

 

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Feb 08, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Level 3 Communications, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!lvlt/quotes/nls/lvlt (LVLT 1.27, -0.11, -7.97%) today announced that the company will provide content delivery network (CDN) services for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a bureau of the Department of the Interior. Level 3 CDN services will optimize Web site performance for www.usgs.gov and related Web sites that deliver publicly available information about natural resources and hazards, including critical updates about earthquake activity.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Level 3 will deliver online content caching and downloading. These services cache Web site files in numerous locations across the Level 3 network. Redundant content storage and delivery capabilities help to ensure Web site availability and performance, particularly during earthquakes and other natural hazards that drive unpredictable demand for online content, such as interactive maps and video.

"Level 3 CDN services offer government agencies a new set of tools to manage their network infrastructure and move high-demand content," said Edward Morche, senior vice president of Federal Markets for Level 3. "Level 3 is a pioneer in the development and delivery of CDN capabilities and we are proud to put these services to use for the USGS as they communicate reliable scientific information and critical event updates to the public."

Level 3 delivers services to USGS under the Government Services Administration [GSA] Schedule 70 contract. The Level 3 CDN serves the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia with more than 40 content caching or storage sites in 14 countries. CDN capabilities place information at the edge of networks — close to the end-user — to provide quality, on-time delivery, particularly during peak traffic and unpredictable demand.

About USGS

USGS provides science for a changing world. For more information, visit www.usgs.gov.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!lvlt/quotes/nls/lvlt (LVLT 1.27, -0.11, -7.97%) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit www.Level3.com.

(C) Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3 Communications and the Level 3 Communications Logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statement

Some of the statements made in this press release are forward-looking in nature. These statements are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs. These forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3′s control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3′s ability to obtain additional financing; as well as the company’s ability to: successfully integrate acquisitions; increase the volume of traffic on the network; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3′s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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Posted on February 11th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Voxel Chooses ParaScale Software as the Foundation of its Cloud Storage Service Offering

 

CUPERTINO, Calif. – (Business Wire) ParaScale, Inc., a leader in developing cloud storage software solutions, announced today that Voxel dot Net, Inc, a New York City-based managed hosting and IaaS provider, has selected ParaScale software as the cloud storage platform to power its cloud storage offering. Voxel delivers scalability for demanding Internet applications using its VoxSERVER dedicated server line, VoxCLOUD cloud computing services, and VoxCAST global content delivery network (CDN) across North America, Europe and Asia.

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"ParaScale’s unique architecture enables us to offer differentiated cloud storage solutions to meet the needs of our customer base,” said Raj Dutt, CEO of Voxel. “With ParaScale, we have been able to realize our target feature-set and TCO. Unlike what we have seen with some other products, ParaScale is truly designed to scale out both performance and capacity by using commodity servers running Linux.”

“With ParaScale technology, Voxel is now able to offer high performance, multi-location, multi-tenant cloud storage at an attractive price point,” said Sam Machiz, Vice President of Sales at Voxel. “Additionally, the ease of provisioning and deploying ParaScale, combined with the automation features of VoxCLOUD, allows us to create high-value hosted private clouds for our most demanding customers that meet their required levels of security, performance and compliance.”

There is significant opportunity for service providers in cloud computing. Analyst firm Tier1 quantifies the public cloud service market to be around $300M in 2009 and conservatively estimates 100% growth per year for the next three years. Cloud storage is estimated to be approximately 40-60% of this market and customers can adopt it quickly because it doesn’t require many programming tweaks to existing applications.

“Voxel’s cloud storage services go beyond the basic cloud storage offerings in the market today. This next generation of services leverage ParaScale’s flexible infrastructure that provides internet-scale storage, self-management and the flexibility to function simultaneously as a cloud, a NAS pool, an analytic platform or integrated virtual compute/storage platform,” said Sajai Krishnan, CEO of ParaScale. “We are pleased to have been selected by Voxel as their global partner in deploying a cloud storage solution.”

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