Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Netflix Launches an Independent CDN Service

In the midst of its "data-caps" fights with major ISPs (Comcast, Wireless, New Zealand), Netflix is now offering its own CDN service, Open Connect, "at no cost to the locations the ISP desires".

At the same time many ISPs like to see OTT content providers paying them for the delivery of their content (Comcast, KT), or build their own CDNs (here, here)

Ken Florance (pictured), VP Content Delivery at Netflix, explains in the company's blog:
"Now, in addition to these general-purpose commercial CDNs, we are enabling ISPs to get Netflix video data from Open Connect, a single-purpose Netflix content delivery network we’ve established .. We’ll continue to work with our commercial CDN partners for the next few years, but eventually most of our data will be served by Open Connect".

"As part of Open Connect, we are also sharing our hardware design and the open source software components of the server. These cost-efficient designs are suitable for any high-volume provider of large media files. We welcome commentary and improvements, which will be shared with the community with the goal of a faster, less expensive Internet for all".

See "Announcing the Netflix Open Connect Network" - here.

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