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Yes, Virginia, there's a CDN service for everyone
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of June 2016 Vol 7 / No. 5
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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It's tempting to get swept up in the hype around software-defined everything and cloud mania, but even in virtualized environments, networking hardware is still critical.
Super-sized media companies have used content delivery networks for decades, but recently CDN services have also become affordable for the typical enterprise next door.
SDN analytics promises to make software-defined networks smarter than ever, culling insights from vast amounts of big data and updating operations accordingly.
Thanks to donated undersea cabling from AT&T, the ALOHA Cabled Observatory provides real-time data from the ocean floor. It took a longtime networking pro to get it up to speed.
Vonage has won this month's Network Innovation Award. The VoIP provider's SmartWAN delivers high bandwidth at a low price point, coupled with quality of service and scalability.
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Will hardware in networking soon be "gone, but not forgotten"? Not a chance. Even in the era of software-defined everything, physical gear still matters.