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June 2016 Vol 7 / No. 5

Yes, Virginia, there's a CDN service for everyone

Kyle Sisk knew exactly how his nonprofit organization could accelerate streaming educational video to its subscribers. The only problem was that he couldn't afford it, or so he thought. Best described as a tiny Netflix for a specialized audience, Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., is funded by U.S. Department of Education grants to distribute educational video content to K-12 students with visual and/or hearing impairments. But the organization is at the mercy of available bandwidth and a wide variety of network issues. As informational systems manager at DCMP, Sisk wanted subscribers to be able to access DCMP's library of 7,000-plus videos without suffering the buffering circle of death that signals network problems. From his background in video production, Sisk knew a content delivery network (CDN) could accelerate distribution by caching videos on servers on the network edge located as close to the user as possible. Hosting its own Flash Media Server in-house for two years, ...

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