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

Payoneer Selects Cotendo CDN Suite to Accelerate Access to Its Online Payments Network

 

SUNNYVALE, CA — 01/25/10 — Cotendo, a content delivery network (CDN) and site acceleration services provider, today announced that Payoneer, a leading global payments solution company, has chosen the Cotendo CDN and Site Acceleration Suite to improve the performance of its worldwide payments platform. Performance gains included a 75% decrease in Website access times in some geographical locations resulting in significant increases in worldwide customer satisfaction.

Payoneer operates an online payments platform that provides its partners with an efficient method to pay individuals virtually anywhere in the world. Payoneer’s customers include affiliate networks, content providers, direct sellers, market researchers, payroll providers, clinical researchers and others. Payoneer offers reloadable prepaid cards on behalf of its global partners. These companies then use Payoneer’s Web interface to load the cards when payments are due. Payees use the Web interface to manage and monitor their card accounts.

Payoneer’s Website consistently experiences heavy traffic as evidenced by its recent Alexa ranking of 9,355. The company faced two challenges: high concentrations of traffic from regions with well developed broadband networks like the United States and Europe; and bottlenecks in regions where users do not have the luxury of high-speed Internet connections. One of Payoneer’s top priorities was to overcome these challenges, delivering a fast, easy-to-use Web interface to its customers, regardless of location. The Cotendo CDN and Site Acceleration Suite — with its whole site acceleration of static, dynamic, and secure content — was ideally suited to meet the global demands of Payoneer’s business.

According to Yuval Tal, Payoneer’s CEO, the Cotendo Site Acceleration Suite stood out from competing solutions in its ability to accelerate secure content. "As a financial services provider, secure transactions and speed are critical to our business," he said. "Cotendo’s SSL acceleration technology really impressed us, and we felt it was clearly the best solution out there."

Tal commented that Cotendo’s unified platform provided speedy implementation and simplified ongoing content management. "We didn’t need to make any changes to our website to deliver content over Cotendo’s CDN. With any other CDN, we would have had to change HTML code and make other modifications. The implementation could not have been more straightforward."

Payoneer is using Cotendo’s CDN Balancer to optimize content delivery in different geographic locations. Dynamic Site Acceleration is used for accelerating non-cacheable, dynamic content. The suite also includes a real-time reporting platform for monitoring user activity. "Having real-time data is extremely valuable for us because it enables us to make instant decisions on regional activity." Tal said.

Payoneer achieved immediate and significant performance improvements upon implementation of the Cotendo CDN and Site Acceleration Suite. According to Tal, in some geographical regions, access times have been reduced by as much as 75%. "The improvements in our website performance have had a direct — very positive — effect on a massive international customer base." he said.

The Cotendo CDN and Site Acceleration Suite has proven to be a highly economical content delivery solution for Payoneer, from both a price and a cost savings perspective. "Since implementing the CDN, we have significantly reduced our customer service and R&D costs."

"Accelerated content delivery is making a huge difference for users of the Payoneer payments platform," said Ronni Zehavi, Cotendo’s CEO. "Together, Payoneer and Cotendo are giving customers around the world unprecedented access to earnings and transaction information. The result is good business for Payoneer’s customers and a great experience for their payees."

To learn more about Cotendo’s CDN and Site Acceleration Suite please visit http://www.cotendo.com/suite.html.

Payoneer Selects Cotendo CDN Suite to Accelerate Access to Its Online Payments Network

Posted on January 22nd, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Preparing and delivering content on a Content Delivery Network (CDN).

 

When choosing to use a CDN there may be numerous ways to integrate your content to deliver it.

Most CDNs employ one of 2 methods for delivering content.  The first is origin pull or off-site origin.  This evolves the CDN pulling the content from some outside source.  This origin could be your webserver, a cloud computing service, something like Amazon S3 or any other internet connected HTTP server.  The key is, that the CDN needs to access your content via HTTP GET requests.

The second method is CDN storage.  This is storage that the CDN supplies to you on their network.  This is usually a preferred method as the CDN does not have to go far to get your content to cache it on edge servers.  You can expect to pay for this storage on top of your other CDN charges.  Typically, you will FTP the content to the CDN storage or in some cases, there will be an HTTP upload option or even RSYNC may be an option.  If your content is large in size, larger than 5-10MB its recommended  you store the content on the CDN.

Using CNAMEs to access content

Most CDN’s will use CNAMEs to allow you to access your content.  A canonical name or CNAME is simply an alias.  For example   ‘static.domain.com’  could point to the CDN URL. You can use this instead of the URL that CDN supplies to you.  This way you can better brand your site and won’t have the CDN URL floating around on your site somewhere.  Talk to your CDN on how to implement a CNAME, they may have special requirements or might not even allow them.

When you do off-site storage, the CDN usually needs to know where you store that content.  So be prepared to supply the CDN the CNAME and the Source/Origin URL.  Origin, being the URL where the CDN can go to, to pickup your content.

When you write your HTML instead of using a relative path to a file like “./images/logo.jpg” you will use an absolute URL instead, such as “http://static.domain.com/images/logo.jpg”.  This way you are essentially embedding content from the CDN on your website.

If you are using a content management system, check to see if there is a way to address all your static elements like images, CSS, java script, PDF, MP3, FLV, MP4, etc at once.  You may be able to specify a “pre-pend” URL for specific file types.  This would make switching to a CDN easy and quick.  You could “CDN enable” your whole site in one click.

WordPress users, see the CDN Rewrites Plugin –

How do you know if your content is cacheable?

If you are uploading the content to the CDN then it will be cacheable.  If the CDN is going to pull the content from you then you need to consider a few things.  Most CDNs will honor any cache control headers you put on your content.  For example, if you put a Max-Age=86400 on your content, then the CDN will consider that piece of content fresh for 24 hours.  Don’t think for a second you can tell the CDN how long to hold a piece of content in cache for.  They will decide when that piece of content needs to be purged from an edge server.  However, setting this TTL will tell the CDN that after 24 hours they need to look to see if there is a new version of the file.

Also consider this, if your content has a Private, or No-Cache header on it, then the CDN will probably not cache it, you’re wasting bandwidth.   You are trying to deliver non-cacheable content through the CDN, they will go back to your origin for every request.

Some CDNs can address this issue by implementing some custom work around, so talk to your CDN of choice for advice.  Also, check with your CDN to see if they require specific cache control headers to be present, you may need to alter your headers in order to make your content cacheable even if you don’t have a No-Cache type header.

Conclusion

This was a basic overview on how CDNs handle basic caching of content from different origins as well as how to deliver your content through the CDN.  Consider the issues of cache control headers, these can be very powerful and allow for flexibility on how your content is cached and for how long.  You should always work with your CDN of choice directly as they will have specifics for implementing their solution.  No 2 CDNs are exactly alike.

» Preparing and delivering content on a Content Delivery Network (CDN).

Posted on January 22nd, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

EdgeCast Networks to Host Two Online Simulcasts for Haiti Relief

 

LOS ANGELES –(Business Wire)– EdgeCast Networks: EdgeCast Networks, the superior, cost-effective rich media content delivery network (CDN), is hosting two online events to benefit reconstruction efforts in Haiti – one this evening and one beginning Saturday evening.

Details for each follow: WHAT: "L’Union fait la force" concert, presented at the Theatre Telus in Montreal, webcast by Nexio.TV and simulcast by the Canadian Red Cross WHEN: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 7:00PM EST WHERE: Theatre Telus, Montreal and simulcast online at: http://webcast.nexio.com/haiti/corpotv.aspx?projid=103&lang=FR DETAILS: A number of Quebec artists including Corneille, Dan Bigras, Paul Piche, Loco Locass, Dubmatique, Lynda Thalie, Marc Antoine, and Melanie Renaud will perform, and funds raised will be applied towards reconstruction efforts in Haiti.\

  WHAT: "Bring Back The Smiles To Haiti," a 24 hour event hosted by John Velasco WHEN: Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 7:00PM EST WHERE: Times Square Arts Center, 669 8th Avenue, New York and simulcast online at: http://bringbackthesmiles.org DETAILS: A full 24 hours of comedy featuring Vince August, Danny Bonaduce, Davy Jones, and many more. Proceeds benefit charities including Doctors Without Borders, Fountains of Hope for Haiti, and The Red Cross.

EdgeCast Networks to Host Two Online Simulcasts for Haiti Relief

Posted on January 21st, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Bharti Airtel and Limelight Networks partner for global Content Delivery Network services

 

The partnership will help Limelight NetworksR to expand its access in one of the fastest growing CDN markets and enable its customers, access to Bharti Airtel’s state-of-the-art IP network in India

Bharti Airtel, Asia’s largest integrated telecom provider today announced a strategic partnership with Limelight NetworksR for Content Delivery Network (CDN) services in the Indian market place. The partnership will help Limelight NetworksR to expand its access in one of the fastest growing CDN markets and enable its customers, access to Bharti Airtel’s state-of-the-art IP network in India. With this agreement, Bharti Airtel will now be able to offer Indian content producers, industry leading solutions for the delivery of rich media and enterprise applications, as well as direct access to consumers accessing the Internet, over 900 last mile networks that are directly connected to Limelight Networks’ global platform.

The CDN will offer business customers access to Limelight Networks 25 Delivery centres, strategically placed in key networking hubs around the globe. This will enable the combine to offer their customers, the ability to create a high-quality experience for their end-users – without service interruption, whether they’re watching an HD movie, making an online purchase, listening to music, playing a video game, or downloading a software package.

According to Rajan Swaroop Executive Director Enterprise Services, Bharti Airtel, "We are delighted to be able to bring in Limelight Networks’ globally acclaimed services for the Indian market place. The initiative is consistent with our strategy of furthering innovation through industry leading partnerships. All our investments in setting up an international network infrastructure and growing portfolio of services are designed to make Bharti Airtel the communication services partner of choice for global markets. The partnership will help expand our market coverage in the rapidly growing Indian CDN market that is expected to grow to US$ 100 million by 2014."

According to George Fraser, Vice President, EMEA and Asia, Limelight Networks, "This exclusive, strategic partnership brings together Airtel’s market-leading IP network and deep relationships within the Indian marketplace with our proven content delivery technology and expertise. The Asian CDN market is growing at a rate of 32% y-o-y and this partnership will help Limelight Networks lead the growth in one of the fastest growing emerging markets and partner world class telcos in delivering best in class services."

Bharti Airtel CDN delivers an unparalleled experience with all forms of content including High Definition (HD), regardless of the volume of Internet traffic. The partnership will enable business customers to offer significantly faster content delivery to all Internet users without increasing their infrastructure costs. As well as utilizing Limelight Networks’ proprietary technology, the Bharti Airtel CDN offers innovative device-detection, mobility and adaptive-streaming technology enabling

customers to create a seamless experience for end users regardless of what device they are using.

Bharti Airtel and Limelight Networks partners for global Content Delivery Network services

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

Thwapr To Host First Ever Mobile-To-Mobile Video News Announcement

Attendees Will Get the Video News Directly on Their Mobile Phones –

Thwapr, the new mobile-to-mobile video sharing service will be marking the official beta launch of its product by holding the first-ever news announcement created and communicated entirely through the use of mobile phones.

The Thwapr technology is a cloud-based media service, requiring only text messaging and a browser to send, receive, and share personal content on any mobile phone or computer. 

Who:

Meet the executive team of Thwapr

What:

Hear about the public beta launch of the new Thwapr service from the executive team

When:

January 20, 2010, 1:00 PM ET

Where:

Your mobile phone

Why:

To be part of a one-of-a-kind mobile news event and learn about a new technology that will change the way people share and communicate with video

RSVP:

To be a part of this first time event please send your first name, last name, mobile phone number and email to jjohnson@gravitas-pr.com.

About Thwapr, Inc.

Thwapr’s mission is to provide a mobile-to-mobile video sharing experience regardless of carrier or device worldwide.  Mobile users can send video "Thwaps" captured with their device to any other mobile users, easily and instantly.  The company is privately held.  For more information, please visit www.thwapr.com.

Posted on January 18th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

Using CloudBerry Explorer to configure CloudFront Private Content

CloudBerry S3 Explorer is by far the most popular Amazon S3 and CloudFront manager on Windows platform. At the same time Amazon rapidly enhance their services to meet growing customer expectations. To maintain our leadership position we are trying to say on top of Amazon developments and support all recent enhancements in CloudBerry Explorer.

Today CloudFront team introduced a new exciting capability that will help to protect your content on the distributions. You might want to use CloudFront to deliver a digital asset you’ve sold online, or use it to distribute objects only to your company’s employees. In these circumstances, you need detailed control over who can download your “private” content. As a result today Amazon added an ability to handle private content in Amazon CloudFront.

How CloudBerry Explorer supports CloudFront Private Content?

First you have to configure a distribution to serve private content. You can configure and existing distribution or a new distribution, but a distribution should be created before you configure private content. Check out here to learn how to create a CloudFront distribution.

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Posted on January 16th, 2010 by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

What’s next for Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform?

 

In the past year, customers and developers testing Windows Azure have been running primarily brand-new (and largely Web 2.0 style) apps on Microsoft’s cloud operating system. But when will Azure be tuned to handle host legacy enterprise apps? And when and how will users be able to take advantage of some of the Azure technologies inside of their own “private clouds”?
Microsoft officials didn’t share dates for its next phases of the Windows Azure platform. But they did talk about some of their plans for their next steps with Microsoft’s cloud platform during meetings and sessions at the company’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) on November 17.
Microsoft said the Windows Azure platform — which is the Windows Azure operating system and the SQL Azure database — is feature-complete as of today. (Officials said a few weeks ago that Microsoft wouldn’t begin charging customers to use the platform until February 1, 2010.)
“Our initial focus on the platform was on enabling Web 2.0 customers to develop and run their apps on it,” said Amitabh Srivastava, Senior Vice President in charge of Windows Azure. These kinds of applications are Xcopy-deployable, while older, legacy apps typically are not, Srivastava said.
Microsoft’s next Azure steps — which it will be executing largely in parallel — will be to get existing, and typically more complex, line-of-business apps to run on the platform and to make it possible for customers to implement Azure technologies in their own data centers (a k a, to be able to create private clouds).
To enable existing apps to run on Azure, Microsoft is planning to make virtual machines (VMs) available to developers, which they will be able to customize and run their legacy apps inside them. Srivastava wouldn’t provide a timetable or more details as to how or when Microsoft will do this. Apps running in VMs won’t be able to take full advantage of the elasticity, multitenancy, and other cloud functionality, but they still will derive some benefits, such as automatic cloud backup for apps running on the Azure platform. (The name of this VM capability will be “Windows Server Virtual Machine Roles on Windows Azure,” Microsoft execs later told me.)
On the private cloud front, Microsoft didn’t have much new to say at the PDC. Microsoft officials have said in the past that Microsoft won’t allow customers to run the Azure operating system in their own datacenters. Microsoft’s main focus here continues to be to provide customers with software like Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server, etc., for them to run in their own datacenters. That said, Microsoft isn’t simply leaving the delivery of a private cloud solution to Amazon and other cloud competitors.
“Lots of the technologies we have in the cloud are things people want to run in their datacenters,” Srivastava
acknowledged.(He cited as an example the ability to run a scalable cloud-storage appliance on premises.)
Microsoft is working on a longer-term solution that would allow the company to offer datacenter containers that can be dedicated to individual customers, Srivastava said. That way, clouds can be customized for individual users and users will be able to manage these containers themselves. Again, Srivastava wasn’t ready to talk about deployment specifics or timetables for this. That said, “Project Sydney” (Microsoft’s newly announced connectivity offering for private datacenters and public clouds) shows the general direction where we are going,” Srivastava said.
Microsoft officials made a vague reference in this morning’s keynote to System Center in the cloud. I asked Srivastava if this meant Microsoft was looking to offer System Center as a Microsoft-hosted service, the way that it is offering Exchange and Office Communications Server as Microsoft-hosted offerings. That isn’t the case, he said; instead, Microsoft has opened up the Windows Azure management programming interfaces so that System Center — as well as third-party management products like HP OpenView — can manage Azure-hosted applications.
Not everything about what’s next for Azure is a longer-term direction. In sessions on November 17, Microsoft officials outlined some of the nearer term deliverables for Microsoft’s cloud platform. The recently introduced content-delivery-network (CDN) support for blobs in Windows Azure’s storage system is one of those deliverables. Another is a capability Microsoft is calling “Windows Azure Drive” (also known as Xdrive) which allows Azure developers to create a drive inside their virtual machines, providing them with an automatic back up capability. Microsoft plans to officially “turn on” Xdrive support in January, officials said.

ara tech: What’s next for Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform?

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

8 Things to consider when choosing a CDN

 

When choosing to buy CDN service there are a lot of factors which go into play.  Obviously, you want the best service for the best price.  Use the following as guide to help you when interviewing CDN service providers.

1. Bandwidth needs
What are your bandwidth needs?  Are you going to use 50GB/month or 50TB/month?  CDNs charge by GB transferred (in most cases).  If you’re only delivering a small amount of traffic, it may not be necessary to purchase CDN service.  You might be able to get away with upping your current web host provider from a shared environment to a dedicated environment.  Maybe it’s time to move to a business class web host, instead of that $5/month provider you’re using now.

It doesn’t make sense to pay a Tier 1 CDN thousands of dollars a year to deliver 4 videos.  If you’re having so much problems with your video or software downloads, then look at the root cause and fix it!

When you are delivering about 500GB/month it starts to make sense to off load that heavy lifting to a CDN.  By now, you are getting several thousand requests per month or even per second and your single web server in 1 data center won’t be able to keep up with the traffic.

Certainly when you are doing over 1TB/month of static content delivery, you should use a CDN.  This will ensure your videos, podcasts, music, images, documents, and software downloads are getting to your customers quickly and efficiently.

2. Network Performance

All CDNs big and small say they have the best network!  There are basically 3 kinds of CDNs:  Internet based, Peering/Private based, and Peer to Peer (P2P).

About the only Internet based CDN is Akamai.  Akamai has thousands of servers all over the place.  Then using some fancy algorithms, they route traffic from 1 PoP to the next getting your content onto the backbone of what ever ISP your end user is on.  They then cache the content in that closest PoP so the next person in that region/ISP has the content already close to them.  Obviously, this method works as Akamai is the biggest CDN on the globe and boasts the most customers.

A peering/private CDN is one who puts servers in regionalized PoPs around the world.  Then in those PoPs they peer with, or directly connect with as many ISPs and backbones as they can.  Then when someone requests a piece of content, the file is delivered directly from the CDN to the end user network and is able to by-pass the Internet all together, in most cases.  Most other CDNs use this model.  Limelight Networks is the most successful in this configuration.  They have a private fiber backbone as well to move content from Origin Server to PoP.  Other CDNs who follow this model are Panther, EdgeCast, Level3, CDNetworks, and others.

Finally, the idea of P2P is intriguing.  Simply have all content viewers act as a PoP and replicate the content around the globe.  There’s little or no infrastructure cost and theoretically you can get your content on to any ISP in the world.   P2P has it’s place, but as a means to deliver mission critical and revenue generating content, this method should be avoided.

As a side note, there are Hybrid CDNs who employ P2P and Peering/Private methods.  These are intriguing, however for secure delivery, using a P2P is less desirable as your content will end up on hundreds to thousands of individual computers with little or no control over who gets access to it.

3. Technology
Does your CDN support the technology you require?  All CDNs will deliver content via HTTP Progressive download.  But does your CDN support true Flash Streaming (RTMP), true Windows Media Streaming (MMS, RTSP), Quicktime or Real Media streaming?  What about Flash Live or Windows Media Live?  Can they do MP3 Live?  Do they have a Token Based Authentication secure URL product?  Can they do pseudo-Flash streaming?  Do they have any special services for HD delivery?  What about a mobile CDN platform? Is it easy to get content to the CDN?

Finally, what about their analytics?  Do they offer quality analytics? Is it easy to use?  Does it show number of request per object?  Is there a content management piece?  Do they offer Geo-Reporting?  Can you get raw logs?

4. Other products and services
What else can your CDN of choice do for you?  Do they have a professional services department?  Can they help with monetization?  Do they offer encoding/transcoding?  What about digital rights management (DRM)?  Do they offer a live event monitoring service? Is there a content management system or digital asset management system available?  Does your service include embeddable media players?  Can they cache whole web sites?  Do they support e-Commerce or shopping carts?

5. Support
What kind of support can your CDN offer?  Ask for the number of the helpdesk and call it.  How quickly did they answer?  Did you get a person or just voice mail?  Is there email support available?  Do you have access to technical personnel during the integration phase?  Who do you call if you have a question about your bill?  Does your CDN even offer support?  What happens if you call in the off hours?  What does their Service Level Agreement look like?  Most CDNs offer a 100% SLA, but what does that really mean and how do you get credit if they don’t meet their SLA?

6. Contracts
Does your CDN require an annual contract?  Do they offer a month-to-month contract?  Are they asking you to commit to a minimum amount of money per month whether or not you use that much?  What happens if you go over your commit, how much is that going to cost you?  Can you pay with a credit card?  Do you have to pay with a credit card?

7. Longevity
How long has your CDN been in business?  Are they funded by venture capital?  Do they have huge amounts of outstanding debt?  Are they facing an uncertain law suite by a competitor?  How much cash do they have in the bank?  Over the past 12 months there have been some major moves in the CDN industry.  There have been a number of players who have all but disappeared.  There have been some acquisitions and mergers, and some major players are bleeding cash so much that they may not be around in the next 12 months.  Be careful about putting content on an iffy CDN.  Research them independently and see if they have had any major complaints or severe outages.

8. Cost
Notice cost is at the bottom of the list?  This is because cost should not be your number one concern.  You will find huge differences in cost from CDN to CDN.  Expect to pay anywhere from a few cents per GB up to over $1 per GB.  There are a number of factors that will dictate what you pay.  Don’t expect to get the same pricing that a big boy like Netflix will get when you are passing 200GB/month.  Your price will be based on how much traffic you pass.  The more you pass, the cheaper the price will be.  Also, most of the other items mentioned above will factor in your cost.

If the CDN you decide to go with is too expensive or is asking for more of a commit than you want.  Ask them if they have resellers you can go through.  Usually these resellers can offer better terms.  You may pay more per GB than going straight with the CDN, but you might only pay for what you use.  Also beware that going with a reseller may limit you to support from that reseller.  You might not be able to call up the CDN directly for support.  You may also only get basic reporting with a reseller instead of the full blow analytics package offered by the CDN.

Conclusion
Consider all these factors when deciding which CDN to go with.  The biggest factor is how much traffic are you going to pass.  You may have fun driving that Lexus, but you can still get to work in your Toyota.   Choose a CDN that meets your needs and fits your budget.

» 8 Things to condsider when choosing a CDN

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

EdgeCast Networks Continues to Expand Global Capacity with New Facilities in Singapore and Paris

 

LOS ANGELES – (Business Wire) EdgeCast Networks, the superior, cost-effective rich media content delivery network (CDN), today announced major upgrades to its global network, bringing online two new strategic points of presence (POPs) in 2010 – Singapore and Paris. Additionally, the company’s content delivery network now interconnects with more than 800 user networks around the world, making EdgeCast one of the world’s best-connected and fastest CDNs.

“With these new points of presence, we bring our customers content even closer to their end users’ digital doorsteps in both Asia and Europe,” said Alex Kazerani, CEO of EdgeCast Networks. “Further, we now connect directly to more than 800 end-user networks and ISPs across the globe – and this growing footprint means our customers can often serve content directly to the network their end users are connected to – completely bypassing the increasingly-congested public Internet. This means our customers can be confident that even their largest files will be delivered quickly to any computer in the world.”

The greatest challenge for content distributors is to overcome the bottlenecks of an increasingly congested Internet, especially at long distances and when content travels through many “hops”. Every one of these hops introduces a delay, and in many cases they introduce significant latency and negatively impact the end user experience. This results in choppy videos, unreliable web applications, and other usability problems. Next-generation CDNs such as EdgeCast bring the files dramatically closer to the end user – resulting in a significant increase in performance and usability. In an increasing number of cases, customer content can be served directly to the network a user is connected to, eliminating the need for transit over the public Internet.

For example, a New York-based entertainment company can now use EdgeCast to serve HD videos to South Asian viewers directly from a Singapore server to the user’s ISP network in Singapore, rather than streaming the content along Internet routes from a far more distant location. The difference in quality and performance between these two approaches is obvious and dramatic.

The Singapore point of presence completed testing this month and is now online. The Paris point of presence is scheduled to go live in the first half of this year.

About EdgeCast Networks, Inc.

EdgeCast offers a superior, cost-effective global content delivery service that gives our customers and partners competitive advantage in the delivery of digital media. Our world-class content delivery platform provides customers the cost benefits and flexibility of controlling their own content delivery network while freeing them from capital investments and operational hassles. To learn more, visit www.edgecast.com.

EdgeCast Networks:
Anthony Citrano, 310-396-7400 x7255

EdgeCast Networks Continues to Expand Global Capacity with New Facilities in Singapore and Paris

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

Aflexi makes it easy for operators, content providers and service providers to market CDN services and hosting

Aflexi makes it easy for operators, content providers and service providers to market CDN services and hosting

Malaysia, January 5, 2010 – Today, Aflexi ( http://www.aflexi.net) launched a new and improved marketing structure for their content delivery network (CDN) solutions that provides service providers and web hosting companies with extra revenue streams.
In addition to providing Aflexi CDN services and content delivery, user, operators and web hosting companies can also sign up as a "Aflexi License Distributor" and can resell the license based Aflexi CDN software to operators (other web hosting companies).  The Distributor can generate up to 35% commission from the software sales.  This includes a free web interface with detailed reporting features for managing all their issued licenses. 

Operators can deploy their private CDN with self-managed infrastructures. Operators can also offer CDN hosting to publishers (webmasters).  According to Whei Wong CEO of Aflexi,  "A webhosting company (an operator) purchases an Aflexi CDN software license from one of our Distributors. Using the Aflexi CDN software,  the web hosting company first deploys their CDN by setting up edge servers at different location. They can then sell CDN hosting packages to hundreds of webmasters and content publishers. The publisher’s web content will then be pulled from  web hosting company’s CDN, depending on the location which that web host covers."

"We recognize the importance of marketing and promotion,"  added Whei Wong.  "Aflexi partners will receive additional benefits by being featured in our marketing campaigns/websites and Aflexi users’ portals (user web interface)."
The Aflexi technology manages and optimizes website traffic across various ISPs and their POPs. Because Aflexi uses a network of ISPs and does not rely on a single network or just a few providers, an Aflexi-powered ISP or web host is very resistant to downtime and can guarantee high speed data delivery. 

More About Aflexi
Based in Malaysia, Aflexi develops and provides content delivery solutions for ISPs and content distributors worldwide. Aflexi develops Content Delivery Networks (CDN) with a marketplace approach designed for websites that have huge amounts of traffic, intelligently directing visitors to the best available or highest performing server.