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Monitoring innovations in CDN, CDN Federation, Cloud, SDN, Security, Caching, Load Balancing, Video/DRM delivery strategies & tools
Curated by Nicolas Weil
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Broadpeak takes the CDN further into the home

Broadpeak takes the CDN further into the home | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

As we reported previously, the Broadpeak solution introduces very lightweight clients into the home router/gateway and these intercept the unicast stream requests made by a tablet or smartphone to an origin server. The client looks for a multicast stream of the linear content instead. The platform operator works with a content owner to make the most popular channels available in multicast, perhaps during peak times or for popular shows or live sports, or even 24/7. The nanoCDN client receives this multicast stream instead, then converts it to unicast ABR (adaptive bit rate) inside the home so it can be watched on the multiscreen devices without any changes to their apps.


By replacing multiple unicast streams with a single multicast stream in the broadband network, nanoCDN reduces the bandwidth demands for linear/live video. nanoCDN is pioneering because of the way it harnesses multicast within a CDN environment and because it makes in-home devices an extension of the CDN.

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Nitin Narang's comment, March 2, 2014 9:07 AM
interesting read.. Thanks
Nitin Narang's curator insight, March 2, 2014 9:07 AM

Role of nanoCDN to bring IPTV like service to OTT world.. 

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Ericsson establishes partnership programme for global CDNs

Ericsson establishes partnership programme for global CDNs | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Ericsson is establishing a partnership programme for global CDNs, essentially creating a plug-in ecosystem for operators based around its Ericsson Media Delivery Network solution. The CDN providers Limelight Networks, CDNetworks and ChinaCache are the first to announce they will integrate their systems with the Ericsson content delivery solution.


Ericsson’s Media Network Delivery unites caching, optimization and acceleration of content within operator networks. The company says the global CDN partnerships will enable operators to improve the efficiency of high quality content delivery by creating a multi service system that extends the global CDN deep into the operator’s network.

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10 Excellent Free Open Source Projects To Create Your Own CDN

10 Excellent Free Open Source Projects To Create Your Own CDN | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

A content delivery network helps to host content such as images, media files, static content and style sheets of a large website by reproducing a copy of data through the various nodes of a network. Additionally, content delivery software helps to reduce load of websites and to improve downloading time of the websites. CDN is not just software; instead, it is a mix of hardware and software which helps to solve the problem of web content downloading and management using synchronization, logging, authentication and load balancing. 


As a software architect, I have personally preferred to pick a low cost CDN or to create my own CDN using open source tools along with freely available public CDNs just like for jQuery and other popular libraries.

 

Here is the list of open source projects which can be used to create your own CDN

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Akamai improves data delivery with FastTCP

Akamai improves data delivery with FastTCP | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Akamai Technologies said it has deployed FastTCP broadly across its network, the Akamai Intelligent Platform, improving the delivery of IP content on behalf of its clients, notably including over-the-top distributors of video.

 

FastTCP optimizes the throughput of video and other digital content across IP networks. Akamai picked up the technology with its 2012 acquisition of FastSoft.

 

The algorithms are designed to improve the Internet’s standard Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) performance for high packet loss or high latency network connections. The resulting improvements in streaming media bitrates and reduced file download time help provide an enhanced, higher-quality user experience to Akamai’s worldwide base of Sola Media customers.

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Introducing peerCDN

Introducing peerCDN | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
A peer-to-peer CDN that makes your site faster and massively reduces your bandwidth costs.

 

peerCDN utilizes WebRTC DataChannel to establish peer-to-peer connections between a site's visitors.

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Instart Logic Launches New CDN To Focus On Delivering Web Applications Over Mobile Networks

Instart Logic Launches New CDN To Focus On Delivering Web Applications Over Mobile Networks | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

There are a lot of different types of content delivery services in the market, pushing content over various types of networks and across many different devices. While the market is crowded with CDN vendors focusing on the delivery of video, fewer solutions exist in the market for delivering web applications, especially over wireless networks. This morning, a new CDN named Instart Logic launched in the market looking to solve the problem of delivering web applications, with good performance, over mobile networks.

 

For many of you tracking the web performance world closely, you know it’s been some time since we have seen any really new innovative technology come along. Most of the “new” offerings have generally been improvements to existing established technologies such as content and application delivery networks (caching and network acceleration) or front-end-optimization (rewriting web code to implement performance best practices).

 

Instart Logic has released a new type of web performance service promising to speed up delivery of websites beyond what traditional approaches like a CDN or FEO solution can provide.

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Case study: How effective are CDNs for mobile visitors?

Case study: How effective are CDNs for mobile visitors? | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

As we continue to evolve our mobile treatments, we also monitor their effectiveness alongside other optimization solutions. Today I want to call out some interesting results we noted when, as a fun little in-house exercise, we took the O’Reilly website, de-optimized it, and then iterated through a handful of core performance best practices using our FEO service. The goal was to demonstrate the acceleration benefit (in terms of bytes in, start render time, document complete time, connections, and resources) of each practice for a typical 3G mobile user.


While we saw predictable results for step 1 — enabling keep-alives and compression — we were somewhat surprised by what we saw when we added a content delivery network.

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How Transit Works, What It Costs & Why It's So Important

One infrastructure service that’s gotten a lot of coverage in the media lately is transit, with many using the term incorrectly or defining it as something it’s not. I thought it might be helpful to explain what transit it, the different types of transit services sold, a list of providers who sell it, what it costs and why it is so important to the Internet. There are a lot of pieces that make up the Internet including products like wholesale, transit, wavelengths, backhaul and others which all share the same underlying optical transport infrastructure, which is the foundation for all Internet and IP services. Many of these terms are used interchangeably, but they shouldn’t be as they all provide a very different function in the market.


In its simplest definition, transit is a “network that passes traffic between networks in addition to carrying traffic for its own hosts”. The Internet is made up of a collection of networks, and in order to get traffic from one end user to another, all service providers, hosting providers and ISP networks need to have an interconnection mechanism. These interconnections, which allow the sharing of traffic, can be either direct between two networks or indirect via one or more other networks that agree to take the traffic. Many of these network connections are indirect as most providers don’t have a global network footprint and as a result, the traffic will be sent through several different interconnections to reach the end user.

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Akamai gives new clues to the future of Internet video delivery

Akamai gives new clues to the future of Internet video delivery | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Akamai has been providing a number of clues about how the company intends to dramatically increase the performance of the Internet for video streaming to support Ultra HD and ultimately match the scale and quality of broadcast TV. One big clue could be found on the Qualcomm stand at International CES 2014 when that company’s subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, was demonstrating its IPQ home gateway. Among other things this included a proof-of-concept client software from Akamai that is designed to optimize the delivery and pre-positioning of content like video and software.


The client software is not a product yet but Akamai is certainly talking as if it will be. Kris Alexander, Chief Strategist, Connected Devices & Gaming at Akamai, says, “The demo offers a glimpse into the future of the Akamai platform as we explore ways to move beyond the edge and onto devices of many types – not only gateways but game consoles, set-top-boxes, Blu-ray players, connected TVs and more.”

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About Federation, 3rd party CDNs integration (by Jet-Stream)

About Federation, 3rd party CDNs integration (by Jet-Stream) | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

"Jet-Stream, pioneering federation, is a strong supporter of standards and has been involved in ETSI and IETF efforts to standardize interconnectivity between CDNs. In a utopian world, all CDNs support common open and free standards to interconnect, and the standards support all advanced features between CDNs. However, realistically we can only conclude that CDN interconnection efforts so far have not procuded any real-world implementations -let alone operational usage- after many years. Running pilots only show that the lowest possible common denominator has been standardized. The costs for CDN vendors and CDN operators to implement these standards can rise very high. Everyone has to rewrite large portions of their code and redesign their architectures. In addition, the pace of the industry is killing. New technologies and business opportunities emerge every few months, and standards will simply keep lagging for years. The business case for CDN federation has already been calculated to be weak, and the need for CDN interconnection has been undercut by the availability of software CDNs that can be extended in hours to cloud and virtual footprints all over the world very fast at low costs and with the full feature stack of your own CDN. Another serious threat is that vendors are trying to get specific innovations into standards, locking the standards into proprietary and expensive (and already outdated) patented technologies. We need a faster, more flexible, more open, more pragmatic approach.

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Akamai's data center carbon fight

Akamai's data center carbon fight | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

As operator of one of the world’s largest and most important content delivery networks, Akamai has become one of the poster children for the age of the Cloud and for what may be wrong with it. Greenpeace included it on the list of high-profile tech companies representative of the Cloud’s environmental impact, thereby thrusting the company into the limelight of public scrutiny of the issue.

 

The CDN provider was one of only two companies to receive an ‘A’ on the environmentalist organization’s 2012 report cardthat scores companies on the lengths they go to in reducing their impact on the environment. The other company with an ‘A’ was Google.

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EdgeCast Going After Akamai’s Commerce Business With A Dedicated PCI Network For Internet Retailers

EdgeCast Going After Akamai’s Commerce Business With A Dedicated PCI Network For Internet Retailers | CDN Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Dynamic content delivery has been available for a number of years and beyond just basic caching functionality, solutions in the market now focus on route, connection and content optimization. As online commerce sites have grown more complex, they rely on every feature and function of a CDN to quickly and optimally serve users. More importantly, these sites have to cater to higher user expectations across an ever-changing set of devices.

 

EdgeCast new solution, launched last month, which they call “Transact”, combines the concept of a purpose-built platform for commerce with PCI Compliance, front end optimization, more efficient caching and what they say are faster SSL connections.

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Marrying CDNs with Front-End Optimization for Maximum Acceleration

Slide deck from Strangeloop president Joshua Bixby's presentation at the 2012 Content Delivery Summit. Many content owners are already using a content delivery
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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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