Content Delivery Cloud is based on the Riverbed Stingray Application Delivery Controller software, designed for network optimization and edge caching.
While Joyent’s CDC is not a CDN per say, it can be used to augment a CDN or even replace a traditional CDN. In an example of the former, Joyent SVP global sales, Steve Tuck, tells the WHIR that since traditional CDNs have commit levels, by using its CDC, customers can lower their commit with their CDN provider, and then account for overflow with this solution.
“You only hit that commit level on the big holidays like Cyber Monday,” Tuck says. “The rest of the time you’re running at much lower levels but still paying for that higher mark.”
While CDNs leverage a global network of servers to deliver content, Joyent and Riverbed’s solution uses public or private infrastructure to offer a private, CDN-like experience for content delivery.
“The goal of a CDN is to have as many points as possible to store data as close to the end user as possible, however there are limitations that still exist in the network because customers of CDN networks have such a limited slice of that network access that there is still a lot of latency that can occur between the time that a customer requests something on that website and that image or content showing up from the provider,” Tuck says.
The joint solution gives customers more flexibility with control features such as auto-scaling, content caching, bandwidth management, performance monitoring, and content compression. Joyent and Riverbed say the solution also offers customers better security through visibility into where the content is stored.
The announcement comes a week after Joyent announced that founder and CTO Jason Hoffman was stepping down.
“Jason spent the last 10 years building upon the original vision of the company and making sure that the technology team was in place to go execute on that vision,” Tuck says. “That vision starts with providing a service business that delivers on high availability, high performance, and a cloud that you can control.”