Posted on February 9th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Nasuni Unveils Cloud Storage Gateway for Simplified File Storage and Protection

NATICK, Mass., February 9, 2010 – Nasuni™ today unveiled its gateway to cloud storage, the Nasuni Filer. This is a virtual NAS file server that runs on VMware and leverages the resources of the cloud to simplify file storage and protection. Targeting the mid-market, Nasuni’s solution eliminates the need for incremental storage hardware, and the resulting capital expense, to manage unstructured file growth. When it comes to primary or nearline storage, companies are looking to save money while maintaining control.

Nasuni’s Storage-as-a-Service technology, coupled with unlimited cloud capacity, allows companies to use and pay for only what they need, when they need it. Included in the Nasuni solution are advanced caching, snapshot and deduplication technologies and key management to simplify file access, storage and protection, while eliminating hardware acquisition and installation. Now in beta, the Nasuni Filer can be downloaded at www.nasuni.com. There is no charge for cloud storage during the beta period to facilitate end-to-end evaluation of all Nasuni is offering.

Nasuni’s virtual NAS file server delivers automatic file storage provisioning with built-in file protection for enhanced security. It includes advanced caching, snapshot and deduplication technologies to simplify file access, storage and protection. Nasuni partners with leading cloud storage providers to combine online storage for offsite file protection and backup with local caching for performance. The Nasuni Filer runs on VMware and can be used as primary storage instead of, or in combination with, traditional file servers. Full Windows CIFS Shares, ACL and Active Directory support enable the Nasuni Filer to fit into existing environments where it can be used to consolidate a NAS cluster into a single device or to support an existing application, such as a content manager or an image server. Those not ready for a complete transition to all-in-one cloud storage can use the Nasuni Filer for keeping second copies offsite for disaster protection.

“We see the cloud, with its undeniable efficiencies of scale, as the future for all file storage,” said CEO and co-founder Andres Rodriguez. “We want to knock down the barriers that are keeping ordinary business users away from taking advantage of cloud storage. We make the cloud simple and we make it secure. We increase the performance and we give our customers a choice of cloud providers.”

Features of the Nasuni Filer include:

Automatic provisioning

As a gateway to unlimited storage in the cloud, Nasuni allows for unlimited capacity expansion, and automatically adjusts to increasing or decreasing storage needs. By managing the complexity of provisioning, users gain a virtual storage device that never fills up and is never underutilized, reducing or eliminating the need to acquire more hardware. The user is charged only for is the storage capacity used.

High-performance caching

The Filer’s large cache keeps copies of working files in the user’s local storage for fast access. Changes to these files are deduped, compressed, aggregated, and sent to the cloud, keeping the cloud storage file set up-to-date while minimizing storage space. Cloud traffic is WAN optimized for top performance and actual storage used is minimized.

Synchronous snapshots with fast restores Nasuni captures the entire file system hourly and saves snapshots to the cloud, where they remain offsite yet accessible. Snapshots are deduped to minimize capacity usage. Administrators can roll back to any point in the life of a file, directory, or file system with a few clicks using Nasuni’s easy-to-use interface. Nasuni’s file security and simple restores render additional backup/restore schemes unnecessary for most businesses.

End-to-end encryption

The Filer encrypts data at the customer site using the industry’s highest level of security and key management (OpenPGP with AES-256), or any other standard the customer selects, and the data remains encrypted in the cloud for total protection. Files are never visible to Nasuni or to cloud vendors and the customer retains control of decryption keys, which can be escrowed with Nasuni or a trusted third party.

Choice of Cloud Vendors

Customers can choose among several cloud providers with a simple click of the mouse, and set up multiple volumes in a single gateway sending different files to different clouds. Similarly, customers can send the same set of files to different clouds for redundancy.

Post Beta, Nasuni’s Storage-as-a-Service solution includes an easy-to-install downloadable virtual appliance and a pay-as-you-go pricing structure with a flat monthly fee, or annual plans, plus capacity usage. Customers will receive a single bill from Nasuni for simplicity. Setup and connection is simple and takes less than 15 minutes, on average. Initially, Beta program users will be offered Iron Mountain or Amazon S3 storage, with additional partners to follow over the next 60 days.

“Nasuni’s vision of bringing simple but secure cloud storage access to the mid-market complements Iron Mountain’s core strengths,” said Ramana Venkata, president of Iron Mountain Digital. “We have been protecting and securing customers’ data remotely since 1995 and our Archive Services Platform offers ISVs such as Nasuni a secure platform to build applications and store mission-critical data. Not only will Nasuni’s customers have the confidence that their data is protected by Iron Mountain, but they will also have the ability to leverage our other services to help them extract and leverage intelligence about the stored data.”

“Moving to the cloud can help companies avoid the cost of an expanded infrastructure, including equipment, power and management,” said Laura DuBois, Research Director, IDC Storage Software. “Nasuni’s approach is a minimal investment and minimal disruption that addresses swelling volumes, simplifies file management, and addresses data security objectives.”

Now in beta, the Nasuni Filer can be downloaded at www.nasuni.com. There is no charge for cloud storage during the beta period to facilitate end-to-end evaluation.

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Posted on February 5th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

GamersGate boosts online gaming 400% with Internap CDN

New performance-optimized network helps boost game download speeds by nearly
400%
New York – February 4, 2010 – As part of continual efforts to better serve
their community of PC and Mac gamers, GamersGate today increased their
download speeds by as much as four times by migrating their game library to
a powerful, performance-optimized Content Delivery Network (CDN) hosted by
leading Internet solutions company, Internap Network Services Corporation.
Effective immediately, users can now download their favorite games faster
and easier than ever before.
"As an online retailer, our first priority is to constantly seek
technological solutions that will help us increase our quality of service to
customers," said Theo Bergquist, CEO of GamersGate. "This transition to an
incredible high speed CDN will greatly decrease the amount of time players
must spend waiting for their favorite games to download."
By hosting their library of thousands of downloadable PC and Mac games on
this new CDN network, GamersGate multiplies, several-fold, the speed at
which their customers can download their favorite video games. Increasing
download speeds is only one facet of GamersGate’s continued dedication to
their philosophy of maintaining the absolute highest quality of service for
gamers across the world.
Internap’s CDN optimizes online game downloading and the overall player
experience through its patented Managed Internet Route OptimizerT (MIRO)
technology, which analyzes network performance characteristics – such as
available bandwidth, delays and packet loss – in real time and ensures that
Internet traffic is routed over the best path 100% of the time.
"As both enterprise and consumer applications and services – including
online gaming – move to cloud-based environments, performance quality will
be critical to end user satisfaction and ultimately to their adoption and
success," said Peter Evans, senior vice president of marketing at Internap.
"With the industry’s only route-optimized CDN, Internap offers organizations
the distinct competitive advantage of an optimized customer experience,
whether that involves downloading and playing online games, streaming video
or utilizing enterprise IT applications."
Look for other convenient services provided by GamersGate, such as their
liberating client-free download platform, their exciting Blue Coin loyalty
program, their newly added chat overlay functionality, and, of course, their
extensive library of thousands of AAA and Indie PC and Mac Games at:
www.GamersGate.com

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Posted on February 4th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

3Crowd Unveils First Services, Aims to Tip Balance in Online Content Distribution

 

Startup Founded by Serial Entrepreneur Barrett Lyon

Offers Tools to Let Content Providers Better Manage CDNs

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Citing the inequitable economics plaguing the healthy growth of the online content industry, 3Crowd Technologies announced its first set of new services designed to help tip the financial balance in the industry back towards content providers and away from content distribution networks.

“These services will have significant implications on performance, vendor flexibility and costs and not only impact the business of current content providers, but also re-orient the economics and invite a new generation of providers to participate in the market.”

3Crowd is the latest startup founded by serial entrepreneur Barrett Lyon, creator of the Opte Project, an Internet mapping project, founder of Prolexic Technologies and co-founder of BitGravity.

Even with the surge in online video and other content, online content providers are struggling to reconcile the escalating expenses of controlling the performance and quality of already costly bandwidth. While absolutely necessary, cloud services such as Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are often ‘black boxes’ without specific business rules or controls over costs, quality and performance.

3Crowd has developed two new services to give content providers not only greater controls over their content delivery, but also enabled these developers to utilize multiple CDNs at once and thereby command new pricing and performance dynamics.

“If content owners have better control over how their assets are shared and delivered, they get more efficiencies and increased profits,” said Mr. Lyon. “Our approach is to utilize a CDN-neutral delivery strategy creating a mechanism for directing traffic between multiple CDNs, based on rules, pricing and real-time conditions.”

For content owners with high customer service goals, 3Crowd offers a turnkey multi-cloud service strategy. Its two new services, CrowdMonitor and CrowdDirector, effectively convert multiple CDNs into a single cloud-service that can be monitored, managed and deployed as a single service.

“We are using the idea of a ‘crowd’ or ‘crowd-sourcing’ by leveraging multiple CDNs to perform the function that only one has performed traditionally,” Lyon said.

CrowdMonitor lets content providers actively monitor and react to cloud service performance and reliability data. Passive monitors are placed throughout a network and at the end user’s location. CrowdMonitor collects continuous streams of logs and analyzes information related to traffic path, speed, downtime, whether or not content is cached, latency times, etc.

CrowdDirector effectively acts as a virtual load balancer on a network, enabling enterprises and content owners to manage their services across multiple CDNs, cloud services, and web servers, using a set of simple and articulate rules. These rules, which include feedback from the ‘crowd’ or the performance from the actual content delivery, are built from a multitude of parameters such as time, location, networks (ASNs), content types, CDN performance, traffic capacities, pricing and more.

The rules also help direct content requests to the appropriate CDN or content hosting location, giving the content providers control over what, when, where and how much each CDN/content hosting location contributes to the overall content delivery.

“These services give content owners the power to know what’s happening with their content and the tools to dynamically manage their assets,” said Mr. Lyon. “These services will have significant implications on performance, vendor flexibility and costs and not only impact the business of current content providers, but also re-orient the economics and invite a new generation of providers to participate in the market.”

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Posted on February 1st, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

CommVault integrates with Nirvanix cloud storage

CommVault Simpana Software now includes integrated Nirvanix cloud storage

SAN DIEGO – February 1st, 2010 –Nirvanix®, the premier enterprise cloud storage service provider, is partnering with CommVault to bring enterprise cloud storage to CommVault® Simpana® 8 customers via an integrated cloud storage connector. The Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network™ (SDN) will be accessible as an offsite scalable storage target for CommVault customers enabling secure transfer of deduplicated backup and archive data directly to any of its globally distributed storage nodes on up to three continents.

The combination of Nirvanix’s secure and reliable access to scalable enterprise cloud storage and Simpana software’s data and information management software, reduces the complexity of moving, managing and protecting data in the cloud while significantly lowering overall operational costs. With backup, granular recovery, records management, deduplication, archiving, heterogeneous content search and compliance management capabilities all offered from the Simpana single platform and extendable to the cloud, the integrated CommVault-Nirvanix solution provides limitless capacity and eases the burden of managing large amounts of data while meeting compliance requirements.

"By integrating Simpana software with Nirvanix, our customers can seamlessly and securely access the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network,” said David West, CommVault’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “Customers now have the unprecedented flexibility to choose how and where they store their data. With Simpana software and Nirvanix, businesses gain all the operational and cost benefits of cloud storage, while retaining the full range of data and information management capabilities inherent in our single platform approach.”

Among the benefits of the Nirvanix/CommVault joint solution are:

Instant setup and limitless capacity

• Nirvanix cloud storage eliminates the need to design, purchase, and provision onsite capacity

• Nirvanix cloud storage scales seamlessly from initial install to petabyte scale

• Simple drop-down selection of Nirvanix SDN from within the Simpana storage policy GUI

Solid ROI

• Users pay only for what they need with no wasted capacity, data center space, or power

• Nirvanix is a fully managed service, allowing storage managers to focus on other storage applications

• Optimizes utilization of existing storage assets and data center space

• Data can be transferred from existing infrastructure to Nirvanix cloud storage with lower TCO

Ease the burden of managing large amounts of data

• Automates transfer of data from traditional storage hardware such as disk or tape to Nirvanix cloud storage based on user-defined data policies

• Enables compression and deduplication before data crosses the network

Meet compliance and retention requirements

• Automatically supports Nirvanix policy based storage enabling the storing of data on any of Nirvanix’s globally distributed storage nodes

• Available Content Indexing before data crosses the network to meet eDiscovery requirements of on-premises and cloud data from a centralized management console

• Available FIPS-certified encryption before data crosses the network

• Nirvanix is SAS-70 type II certified and all storage nodes are in Tier III facilities with state of the art physical and software security

“Unlike other data management to cloud storage solutions we evaluated, the combination of Nirvanix and CommVault technology is well thought out. We were impressed right away,” said Jack Vant, System Engineer at Boise State University, who had an early opportunity to evaluate the joint solution. “The setup was fast, and support was on the ball and available to ensure everything was running smoothly. I was expecting it to take weeks, but was moving data to the cloud after a few hours utilizing the existing policies I had already set up in Simpana software.”

“The overwhelming majority of customers we talk to tell us that managing data growth from a data awareness and storage provisioning perspective is what they struggle with the most,” said Geoff Tudor, Co-founder and SVP of Business Development of Nirvanix. “Through our partnership with CommVault we are able to offer a complete solution that leverages Simpana software’s industry leading single platform approach to data management with scalable and fully managed enterprise cloud storage powered by Nirvanix. Users of the combined solution can now automate data transfer to the cloud to any one of our 5 globally dispersed locations and instantly provision as much storage as they need.”

Nirvanix is working directly with CommVault to offer the joint solution to end users. CommVault resellers can sign up for the Nirvanix Partner Program to access training materials and generate recurring revenue via annuity- based commissions. In addition, Nirvanix will assign approved resellers a Nirvanix representative to train and help their staff during the sales process. Interested resellers can get more information and apply to become a Nirvanix Channel Partner at http://www.nirvanix.com/partners/nirvanix-program-for-commvault-resellers.aspx

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Posted on January 29th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Acquisitions, Cloud Computing Offer and Innovative Mobile Applications Highlight Fourth Quarter 2009 for AT&T

 

DALLAS, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AT&T Business Solutions, the business unit within AT&T* offering services for business customers, completed a successful fourth quarter 2009 highlighted by the acquisition in October of VeriSign’s global security consulting business.

Acquiring VeriSign’s security consulting business aligns its experience in comprehensive risk assessment with AT&T’s suite of network-based cybersecurity services and will enable AT&T to more quickly develop and bring to market capabilities to address the evolving security needs of businesses around the world.  In addition, the acquisition now enables AT&T to deliver a comprehensive suite of Payment Card Industry (PCI) related solutions to its clients.  In other merger activity, AT&T in the quarter completed its acquisition of Centennial Communications Corp., a move that enhanced AT&T’s network coverage across the Midwest and Southeast United States and in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

The business unit further expanded its cloud computing portfolio with the announcement in November of AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service(SM).  The global, cloud- based offer is designed to give companies of all sizes simple on-demand access to scalable computing capacity in which customers pay only for the amounts they use. The service provides companies with a self-service approach for using IT solutions without having to worry about over-building or under-investing in the capacity needed to handle their traffic demands. AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service is the third addition to the AT&T family of Synaptic Services that includes Synaptic Hosting(SM) and Synaptic Storage as a Service(SM).

Also during the quarter, AT&T announced plans to work with TerreStar Networks to offer an integrated smartphone mobility solution that will combine primary cellular wireless connectivity with the ability to connect to a satellite network as a backup, using one phone number and one smartphone device.  The AT&T integrated solution will redefine the mobile satellite services experience by providing users with easy access to both cellular and satellite networks through a cutting-edge handset that is both smaller and more feature-rich than previous satellite devices.

Other fourth quarter highlights included:

  • A $120-million contract extension for AT&T Government Solutions to support U.S. Postal Service facilities across the country under the Postal Advanced Telecommunications Network (PATN) contract.
  • The rollout of AT&T Security Event and Threat Analysis and AT&T Security Device Management, two new managed security services that enable customers to engage AT&T security professionals selectively to provide customized security support.
  • Expansion of AT&T’s efforts with smart grid technology by announcing a teaming agreement with Silver Spring Networks to deliver 3G wireless communication services to Silver Spring’s utility customers throughout the U.S.
  • The bundling of AT&T Tech Support 360(SM) with select Lenovo PCs, enabling small and midsize businesses to get industry-leading devices and access to live, U.S.-based 24/7 technical support with a single purchase.
  • Deployment of a new node in Kuwait City that will provide AT&T’s global customers with improved connectivity in the Middle East and allow local Kuwaiti companies better access to global markets via AT&T’s worldwide network.

Additionally, AT&T Business Solutions made the following updates to its enterprise portfolio this quarter:

Voice Over IP (VoIP)

Joint AT&T/Avaya Customer Sales Center for Small to Medium Businesses:  AT&T and Avaya launched a dedicated customer sales center to serve the enterprise needs of their joint small and medium business customers.  The sales center serves as a common "front door" for one-stop shopping for customers’ equipment and network needs.  Also, AT&T advanced SIP services and AT&T Mobility Services customers can use the center to purchase Avaya’s IP Office solution and find out more about benefits the combined solutions provide whether on the road, in the office, or at home.

IP Telephony

Cisco Certifications:  AT&T has renewed two IP Telephony certifications from Cisco:

    • Cisco Master Unified Communications Specialized Partner certification.
    • Cisco Gold Certified Partner designation that recognizes AT&T’s broad range of expertise having achieved four advanced specializations — Unified Communications, Routing & Switching, Security, and Wireless LAN technologies.

Managed IP Telephony Support on Cascaded Routers:  AT&T has added capabilities to its IP Telephony and local area network services that support cascaded – or linked – routers at the customer premise.  Customers now can link multiple on-site routers containing features such as conferencing, transcoding, remote survivability, PSTN gateway connectivity and Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) functionality.  Customers can use these capabilities with AT&T Managed Wide Area Network Services such as AT&T IP Flexible Reach, AT&T Enhanced Virtual Private Network, AT&T Managed Router Service and Managed Internet Service Plus.

Data Services

New Options for Serial Component and High Definition Video Transport:  AT&T added four new options to its Serial Component and High Definition Video Transport services to give broadcast customers greater flexibility in their network design solutions.  Among the additions are interfaces allowing customers to handoff a SMPTE 310M digital (19.39 Mbps) video signal, or an NTSC (National Television System Committee) transmission stream.  Other supported interfaces include HD-SDI, SDI, SDTI, and DVB-ASI.

Mobility

AMP Component of AT&T Mobile Enterprise Applications Platform (MEAP) Achieves SAP Certification:  The Antenna Mobility Platform (AMP) v.4.0 component of AT&T’s Mobile Enterprise Applications Platform (MEAP) has been certified by SAP AG for integration with SAP® applications via enterprise services. Through the certified integration, AT&T’s MEAP can integrate with SAP solutions by using an open standards-based platform and architecture. This provides customers with the ability to access and interact with their key SAP processes and data directly from their AT&T mobile device, delivering improved applications interoperability, increased flexibility and reduced total cost of ownership.

Collaboration

AT&T Telepresence Solution Available via Enhanced VPN:  In addition to the AT&T Virtual Private Network architecture, AT&T Telepresence Solution is now available as a standard offer to customers using AT&T Enhanced Virtual Private Network service.

Essential Management Option for AT&T Telepresence Solution:  AT&T Telepresence Solution customers can now enjoy an Essential Management Option, giving them a choice between basic and premium management of their AT&T Telepresence Solution.

Hosting, Cloud, and Application Management Services

Expansion of the Lithia Springs, GA Internet Data Center (IDC):  AT&T completed a facility expansion to the Lithia Springs IDC outside of Atlanta to meet the storage and hosted server needs of customers in the region where they are experiencing growth.  AT&T’s IDCs encompass 2.6 million square feet of space.

Participation in Cisco’s Unified Computing System -Advanced Technology Partner Program:  AT&T has joined Cisco’s Data Center – Unified Computing System -Advanced Technology Partner program.  Cisco’s Advanced Technology Program is a certification program that recognizes AT&T’s expertise in designing, implementing and supporting data center networking infrastructure and data center storage networking solutions.  The program will add another Cisco certification to AT&T’s already diverse suite of data center solutions and will offer AT&T customers an even wider selection of data center solutions to best meet their unique requirements.

Digital Media Solutions(SM) Footprint and Portal Enhancements:  AT&T increased its competitive position with the top five Content Delivery Network (CDN) providers by enhancing the AT&T Intelligent Content Distribution Service(SM) (ICDS) footprint in Mexico and Southeast Asia to include Secure Socket Layer (SSL).  In addition, AT&T improved customer experience and reporting flexibility by adding self-provisioning features on the AT&T ICDS Reporting Portal.

Acquisitions, Cloud Computing Offer and Innovative Mobile Applications Highlight Fourth Quarter 2009 for AT&T Business Services — DALLAS, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

Posted on January 28th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Zolmo Limited Taps Level 3 to Deliver Jamie Oliver “20 Minute Meals” Mobile Application Content

 

Level 3’s CDN to Bring Popular Chef’s Recipes to Mobile Users

BROOMFIELD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:LVLT) today announced that it is working with software publishing company Zolmo Limited to deliver caching, on-demand video content and geo-targeting services for the Jamie Oliver “20 Minute Meals” iPhone application.

“It was important to us that the application provided a clean, fast, hassle-free customer experience, and using the Level 3 CDN to deliver content directly to the mobile device is helping us to ensure that”

The “20 Minute Meals” application is a mobile digital cookbook full of step-by-step instructions, full-screen photography, a shopping list feature, and high-quality videos that users can follow to create 55 healthy meals from the popular chef.

Level 3 is working with Zolmo to deliver caching and download services for the application over the Level 3 Content Delivery Network (CDN). Level 3 is also delivering token-based authentication and geo-targeting to give Zolmo the ability to customize delivery options to users. In addition, Level 3 worked with Zolmo to de-couple the video content from the application’s other content (recipes, photos, shopping lists) to enable users to more quickly download and install the application.

“As more people turn to mobile devices for content, there is a greater expectation that the quality of the mobile experience will mirror that of the traditional online experience,” said Peter Neill, senior vice president of Content Markets for Level 3. “By leveraging the Level 3 IP backbone, we’re able to provide the scalability and reliability needed to ensure a first-class user experience.”

The “20 Minute Meals” iPhone application was developed by Jamie Oliver and London-based Zolmo Limited, a software publishing and development company that creates lifestyle and entertainment applications for the next generation of digital devices.

“It was important to us that the application provided a clean, fast, hassle-free customer experience, and using the Level 3 CDN to deliver content directly to the mobile device is helping us to ensure that,” said Tristan Celder, CEO of Zolmo. “Users now have faster access to the videos, targeted content and a great application that’s designed to work with their mobile lifestyle.”

The application gives users access to over an hour of video clips from the chef, demonstrating kitchen skills ranging from cutting and chopping to cooking techniques. The video on-demand feature allows users to choose the videos they want to store on the mobile device and delete the ones that they have already watched. To download the application, please visit the iTunes store.

For more information on Level 3’s CDN services, please visit www.level3delivers.com. For information on Zolmo, visit www.zolmo.com.

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

Internap Provides High-Performance Content Delivery Network for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival

Internap CDN, backed by patented MIRO route optimization technology, helps Sundance Film Festival promote independent films to audiences worldwide through high-quality online video

ATLANTA – January 26, 2010Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a global provider of end-to-end Internet business solutions, today announced that it is an Official Provider of Content Delivery Network (CDN) services for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, January 21-31 in Park City, Utah. Sundance Institute is using Internap’s CDN – both during the Festival and on an ongoing basis – to simplify and streamline the creation, delivery and management of interactive web content that promotes the event itself and the work of independent filmmakers year-round, with guaranteed optimal quality and performance.

New forms of web content, such as podcasts, slideshows and streaming video, have become critical to the independent film community, allowing filmmakers to market and distribute their films to audiences worldwide at minimal cost. In 2009, visitors to the Sundance Film Festival website downloaded nearly three million videos; and in the months surrounding the annual Sundance Film Festival, website traffic typically surges dramatically, averaging between 50,000 – 150,000 unique visitors daily.

However, as online video gains in popularity, the performance of the network is also becoming a top priority, with viewers showing little tolerance for slow-loading video. A recent study by analytics firm TubeMogul found that 81.2% of web video viewers click away when videos are slow to load and that “rebuffering” occurs in nearly one out of every 25 streams. Internap’s CDN uniquely addresses this issue, ensuring an optimized video viewing experience through its patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO) technology, which selects the best path for video traffic in real time, based on network performance characteristics instead of the least number of Internet hops.

"Our collaboration with Internap has grown to such an extent that we could not provide high-quality online content without them," said Joseph Beyer, associate director at Sundance Institute Online. "Internap’s CDN allows us to easily create and share streaming video and other new types of content – an increasingly vital part of building awareness of our artists and bringing their work to a global audience – while ensuring a consistently reliable viewing experience, even during the dramatic spike in web traffic that occurs during the Sundance Film Festival."

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 and streamlining the workflow for content uploading, transcoding, management and reporting. Integration with the Adobe® Flash® Platform, Microsoft® Silverlight™ and iPhone formats, Internap allows customers to maximize the consuming audience by addressing the broadest range of devices across the Internet.

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

Level 3 Launches New Content Delivery Partner Program

 

New Program Designed to Expand Presence of Level 3’s Services in Content Markets

BROOMFIELD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced the launch of its new Content Delivery Partner (CDP) program aimed at strengthening and expanding the reach, visibility and value of the company’s international portfolio of broadcast and content delivery services.

“This new program will certainly enhance the reach and scope of Level 3’s content delivery value proposition in an intensely competitive marketplace”

Level 3’s CDP program will advance the company’s content delivery strategy by allowing direct resellers, value-added resellers (VARs) and solutions partners (such as developers of online media players) to leverage the Level 3 CDN and Vyvx® broadcast platforms to enable an outstanding experience for online and broadcast end-users. Level 3 will work closely with partner companies to customize value-added solutions that better enable services that link content creators with content consumers.

“Microsoft is pleased to be an inaugural member of Level 3’s new Content Delivery Partner program,” said Steve Sklepowich, director for Silverlight at Microsoft Corp. “Level 3 has proven to be a leader in online content delivery, and Microsoft looks forward to working together to provide customers with the highest quality interactive experiences with Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming.”

Leveraging the capabilities of the Level 3 network, the company offers a full suite of CDN and broadcast-delivery technologies. As a result, Level 3 is positioned to provide true end-to-end solutions that enable content delivery from “creation to consumption” while allowing CDP participants to take full advantage of Level 3’s significant capabilities.

At the launch of the program, CDP participants include companies such as Adobe, Cisco Systems, Gomez, Inlet Technologies, Microsoft, Multicast Media, Quova, Savvis, and several others.

“This new program will certainly enhance the reach and scope of Level 3’s content delivery value proposition in an intensely competitive marketplace,” said Melanie Posey, research director, Hosting and Telecom markets at IDC. “The CDP program demonstrates Level 3’s commitment to being the ‘go-to’ provider for online digital media solutions.”

“Our new partner program will enable further awareness of our unique suite of content delivery services and represents our continued commitment to the digital media arena,” said Peter Neill, senior vice president of the Content Markets group at Level 3. ”By expanding the reach of our service capabilities, Level 3, our business partners and the end users all stand to benefit.”

More information about the Level 3 CDP program can be obtained at www.level3delivers.com or from http://bit.ly/Level3Partner.

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

Aflexi Rolls Out Version 2.0 of New CDN Software

Web Hosts and Service providers can now build upon and market powerful and customizable Content Delivery Networks

 

Malaysia, January 26, 2010 – The new Aflexi CDN software version 2.0 adds new layers of customization and ease of use to the Aflexi CDN software platform. ( http://www.aflexi.net) Aflexi CDN software is a high performance, secure, and scalable content delivery network (CDN) solution for web hosts and content distributors at extremely competitive pricing.

For example, Aflexi 2.0 software’s new traffic policies now makes it easier for web hosts to create flexible and customized geographically-based packages for content delivery options.

According to Whei Wong, CEO of Aflexi, "As bandwidth in the USA is significantly less expensive than the rest of the world, a publisher can save money by using only US based edge servers. Only if they require international delivery to Asia and EU, will they have to pay the higher bandwidth charges to the operator for additional non US edge servers. These changes can be made instantaneously by the operator via the (Web-based) Aflexi control panel."

Version 2.0′s "Themability" function now allows CDN operators to "brand" their DNS redirection with their own domain names via CNAME redirection. The software exposes the API and hence enables CDN operators to build their own customized, branded portals.  Aflexi’s new migration rewrite rules makes it possible and easy for publishers to migrate existing websites to a CDN enabled format.

The new Aflexi CDN software version 2.0 also now provides Purge URL (Uniform Resource Locator) capability that enables CDN operators and publishers to quickly and easily replace old URLs with new ones within their edge server caches. 

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

Brightcove Makes "TV Everywhere" Play

 

Develops turnkey system aimed at programmers

By Glen Dickson — Broadcasting & Cable, 1/25/2010 12:01:00 AM

Online video specialist Brightcove, whose technology is already used by some 60 TV programmers for their Websites, has developed a new system to help cable programmers launch "TV Everywhere" on-demand video services, either through their own portals or working in partnership with cable or telco operators. Consistent with the "TV Everywhere" concept espoused by Time Warner and being tested by Comcast in its "On Demand Online" trial, the Brightcove system includes authentication technology to ensure that online viewers are already paying for the content through their pay-TV subscriptions.
The new "Brightcove TV Everywhere Solution Pack" combines the enterprise edition of the Brightcove 4 video platform with a number of new features aimed at bringing more licensed and subscriber-entitled video content online. Most important is authentication technology from Internet identity security firm Ping Identity, with which Brightcove has formed a strategic alliance. Brightcove will integrate Ping Identity’s PingFederate software into its "TV Everywhere" system to give programmers an authentication and authorization option built on existing open standards.
Users visiting a programmer’s Website would be prompted to enter a credential provided by their pay-TV operator. That information would then be sent from the operator to the Brightcove system, which would authenticate that the user could see the requested content and allow the video to begin streaming.
"The TV Everywhere initiative is exciting because it is defining how video content, once locked to our televisions, will be securely accessible from everywhere," said Andre Durand, Ping Identity chairman and CEO, in a statement. "We are pleased to partner with Brightcove on a solution that we believe will not only revolutionize the way that viewers access television programming, but will also establish new standards for securing access to that content through identity on the Internet."
Brightcove is not the only company pursuing this market. The Platform, the Comcast subsidiary that is Brighcove’s biggest competitor in providing online video technology to programmers, launched its own "TV Everywhere" system in November. The Platform is also providing the back-end technology for the Comcast On Demand Online trial.
While the first big "TV Everywhere" trial in the U.S. is being driven by an operator, Brightcove Chairman and CEO Jeremy Allaire expects that programmers will follow suit by launching their own on-demand portals later this year. So Brightcove has been working for the past few months on a TV Everywhere system to meet that need. It has also promoted Brightcove veteran Eric Elia, a former @ Home and Comcast executive, to VP of TV solutions, where he will lead the team responsible for customizing and deploying the TV Everywhere system to existing Brightcove customers. 
Allaire predicts programmers will launch authenticated on-demand services through several forms of distribution, and might have "10 different deals" with multichannel operators to provide TV Everywhere services.
"The deals being cut vary greatly from one MPVD [multi-program video distributor] to the next," he says. "The use cases vary, and there are different branding scenarios."
That said, Allaire see three common models developing. In one, the operator doesn’t have a "TV Everywhere" portal itself, but still wants to ensure that subscribers visiting a programmers’ portal are already paying for the content on their TV, through authentication. The second model is that an operator is running a portal, but needs to get feeds of online content from programmers. The operator would then package the content and put in its own user experience. The third likely model is where the operator’s portal is actually a series of embedded video players from the various programmers themselves, which could run off the Brightcove infrastructure.
"We support all three scenarios, and can manage the metadata behind them," says Allaire.
While "connected TVs" that can accept broadband video were widely demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, Allaire doesn’t expect that "TV Everywhere"-type content will make its way to those sets anytime soon. There are some technical challenges, such as getting those sets to support authentication, and also some business impediments as cable operators are looking to use "TV Everywhere" as a way to stave off competition from new "over-the-top" video services. But Allaire thinks eventually TV Everywhere will make its way to connected TVs, too, but not until late 2011 or 2012.
"Right now, they want to take advantage of it to build their online brand," says Allaire of programmers and operators. "Once they’ve ironed out the business policies, and they’ve got a consistent, standardized technical approach, then you’ll see the industry move onto the next phase of how to take it beyond the PC. Right now, that is not a focus at all."
One of the interesting wrinkles to providing "TV Everywhere" on a mass scale is who winds up covering the bulk of the costs of delivering the video-the operator or the programmer. In that vein, the Brightcove system will support real-time "CDN switching," where depending on business arrangements and which Website a viewer uses, the system could seamlessly switch from a content delivery network (CDN) the operator is paying for to one being supplied by the programmer.
"That’s really built into the deals, to reflect who carries the costs," says Allaire.

Brightcove Makes "TV Everywhere" Play – 2010-01-25 05:01:00 | Broadcasting & Cable