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Monitoring innovations in CDN, CDN Federation, Cloud, SDN, Security, Caching, Load Balancing, Video/DRM delivery strategies & tools
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Why Netflix Is Fixing AWS Instead Of Switching To OpenStack

Why Netflix Is Fixing AWS Instead Of Switching To OpenStack | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Last week Netflix released ice, a publicly available tool that offers a granular look at Amazon Web Services usage and the associated costs in more detail than Amazon itself provides. Netflix, which accounts for a third of all North American Internet traffic on any given night, relies on the Amazon's cloud platform because it's the only company with the capacity to deliver all of that data to customers.

 

But when AWS runs into problems, like when its Elastic Load Balancer that routes network traffic went down, causing anembarrassing Christmas Eve outage of Netflix's streaming service, there is no recourse. As a result, Netflix is forced to create its own tools for dealing with problems it encounters in AWS.

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MadeiraCloud: The visual, simple and social approach to AWS

MadeiraCloud: The visual, simple and social approach to AWS | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

You have a terrible headache: How to design an scalable architecture using Amazon Web Services in a quick and effective way? How to test an architectural approach to a certain problem and share it in a easy way with you fellows? I have an answer for you: MadeiraCloud.

 

But, What is MadeiraCloud and how it can solve these problems?

 

It’s a Visual, Integrated Management Environment for AWS, where you can design, deploy,manage, monitor, backup, recover, redeploy, schedule, and finally share your Cloud infrastructure.

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Netflix's 5 Secrets For Maximizing Amazon Cloud Value

Netflix's 5 Secrets For Maximizing Amazon Cloud Value | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Netflix chief cloud architect Adrian Cockcroft shares five money-saving maneuvers for big Amazon Web Services users.

 

Instead of trying to build out its own data centers for its rapidly expanding film and video distribution business, Netflix finds the better strategy is to use Amazon Web Services' cloud resources. At Cloud Connect 2013, the architect of that strategy disclosed some of his secrets for optimizing use of the Amazon cloud.

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AWS CloudHSM : dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) appliances within the AWS cloud

AWS CloudHSM : dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) appliances within the AWS cloud | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

AWS CloudHSM Functionality

 

With AWS CloudHSM you can:

- Protect and store your cryptographic keys with industry standard, tamper-resistant HSM appliances. No one but you has access to your keys (including Amazon administrators who manage and maintain the appliance).

- Use your most sensitive and regulated data on Amazon EC2 without giving applications direct access to your data's encryption keys.

- Store and access data reliably from your applications that demand highly available and durable key storage and cryptographic operations.

- Use AWS CloudHSM in conjunction with your compatible on-premise HSMs to replicate keys among on-premise HSMs and CloudHSMs. This increases key durability and makes it easy to migrate cryptographic applications from your datacenter to AWS.

Nicolas Weil's insight:

A potentially disruptive service for ensuring highest security of video source contents in cloud processing workflows.

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Amazon Has A Shot At Disrupting Akamai And The Dynamic Site Acceleration Market

Amazon Has A Shot At Disrupting Akamai And The Dynamic Site Acceleration Market | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Nine months ago, Amazon launched their new dynamic content delivery service in beta and two weeks ago, I posted details on how their product is coming along and outlined new features they have added since launch. Every since Amazon announced their new service, people keep asking me if Amazon will disrupt Akamai’s DSA business and drive pricing down in the market as a whole. While Amazon still has a long way to go before that has the possibility of happening, make no mistake, they are gunning for Akamai, even though they won’t call out Akamai by name.


From purely a features standpoint, Akamai’s dynamic content delivery service still trumps Amazon’s, by a wide margin. But that’s not going to last for too long and little by little, Amazon is already starting to close the gap. Amazon’s working on rolling out a lot more functionality and while they will never be able to compete for 100% of Akamai’s DSA business, they will continue to get stronger and go after more of the business that doesn’t require a ton of professional services. Amazon will never compete for 100% of the market, but they don’t need to. All they have to do is continue to roll out features, add an SLA, lower pricing and prove their dynamic content acceleration services performs well and can scale, with reliability. Of course building all of that out to scale doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s not as hard as some vendors make it out to be and Amazon has the resources to make it happen and more importantly, has multiple lines of businesses to generate revenue from. Amazon can be patient and grow the business over time.

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Netflix builds a tool for jumping between Amazon clouds

Netflix builds a tool for jumping between Amazon clouds | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Netflix clearly has learned from its Christmas Eve outage, which involved the failure of Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Load Balancing service, and has created a tool called Isthmus to solve the problem.

 

In a Friday blog post, Netflix’s Ruslan Meshenberg explained that Isthmus manages Elastic Load Balancing services in multiple regions in order to keep latency low for users in the event that ELB goes down in one region. On Christmas Eve, the issue was that state data got deleted, causing issues for the control plane tasked with managing load-balancer configuration and bringing some down some ELB load balancers. Now that sort of error could be less likely to affect Netflix service.

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Storage, Security Products Take Center Stage At AWS Summit 2013

Storage, Security Products Take Center Stage At AWS Summit 2013 | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Storing, sharing and securing data in the cloud is constantly evolving as clients look for new ways to take advantage of the cloud to add flexibility to and remove costs from their IT infrastructures.The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit 2013, held this week in San Francisco, is bringing together several of Amazon's technology partners to showcase a variety of new ways to move and secure their data in the cloud, and as it is migrating to and from the cloud or between clouds.
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The Future of Infrastructure is ... 'Optimal'

The Future of Infrastructure is ... 'Optimal' | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

I’ve had many conversations and read multiple articles in the past few months in which people try to predict what the future of technology infrastructure will look like. I’m personally excited about this as it brings to light the importance of a well-planned infrastructure, and it also raises infrastructure awareness amongst everyone from the product and marketing teams to the C-Level executives. However, I feel that the prediction of “hybrid,” as well as the overuse of buzzwords, has left us with a wide gap of missing details and context. Over the next few weeks I’d like to dig into the different types of major infrastructure categories and illustrate how you can find your Optimal Infrastructure Profile by using data and available tools.

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Interesting infrastructure options list

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AWS Just Made It A Whole Lot Easier For Anyone To Create A Virtual Private Cloud Showing Again How Enterprise Tech Is Obsolete

AWS Just Made It A Whole Lot Easier For Anyone To Create A Virtual Private Cloud Showing Again How Enterprise Tech Is Obsolete | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Amazon Web Services will now offer the option for everyone to have their own virtual private cloud (VPC), another sign of the company’s intent to push into the enterprise market. The service means that every customer using EC2 will see the option for a VPC as an instance type. Until now, the VPC was a separate service.

 

A VPC lets customers create what AWS calls a “virtual network of logically isolated EC2 instances and an optional VPN connection to your own datacenter.” That development has implications for customers who are weighing the benefits of a data-center centric approach that virtualizes a network of physical centers to create their own elastic infrastructure. The problem comes down to the cost of licensing, new hardware and the IT staff to manage it all. It’s a model promoted by companies like VMware, which are looking to extend the reach of their virtualization technology.

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Netflix's Denominator: A Multi-Vendor Interface for DNS

Netflix's Denominator: A Multi-Vendor Interface for DNS | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

We announced Denominator at our February NetflixOSS meetup, and now we are ready to release the first code as open source.  Denominator is a portable Java library for manipulating DNS clouds.  Denominator has pluggable back-ends, initially including AWS Route53, Neustar Ultra, DynECT, and a mock for testing.  We also ship a command line version so it's easy for anyone to try it out.
The reason we built Denominator is that we are working on multi-region failover and traffic sharing patterns to provide higher availability for the streaming service during regional outages caused by our own bugs and AWS issues. To do this we need to directly control the DNS configuration that routes users to each region and each zone. When we looked at the features and vendors in this space we found that we were already using AWS Route53, which has a nice API but is missing some advanced features; Neustar UltraDNS, which has a SOAP based API; and DynECT, which has a REST API that uses a quite different pseudo-transactional model.  We couldn’t find a Java based API that grouped together common set of capabilities that we are interested in, so we created one. The idea is that any feature that is supported by more than one vendor API is the highest common denominator, and that functionality can be switched between vendors as needed, or in the event of a DNS vendor outage.

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