Content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks announced on Wednesday that it has launched its OpenCDN federation platform, which enables the exchange of production traffic between independent CDN operators.
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The platform allows network operators, for the first time, to cache customer content in markets and regions where they have no infrastructure. This benefits operators in that it enables them to generate additional revenue without adding network CAPEX or impacting the user experience.
OpenCDN offers a viable alternative to the traditional geoexpansion/network investment tradeoffs operators have struggled with for years.
EdgeCast has also recently secured several patents on techniques that are foundational to CDN interconnection, broadening its significant intellectual property portfolio to include CDN federation.
Current participants in the EdgeCast federation include a large, tier-one North American operator as well as one of Asia’s largest carriers, Pacnet.
These participants continue to act independently and retain full control of their network resources and customer relationships, and there is no fee to become a participant in the OpenCDN federation.
By integrating networks, operators can expand their reach into new markets and offer more scale, capacity, and features to their customers.
Content can be accessed from anywhere and automatically delivered from the edge server that will provide the best end user experience, regardless of which operator owns that server.
“With OpenCDN, the seamless, software-defined exchange of digital content between network operators has become a reality,” said James Segil, president and co-founder of EdgeCast Networks. “We have been building and evangelizing this for years, so it’s rewarding to see it working in the real world, with real production traffic and real money changing hands between operators. Federation is core to our telco enablement strategy, and another step toward our goal of improving the performance, capacity, and flexibility of the global Internet.”
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