Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cisco Believes in CDN federations

A blog post by Marc Latouche (pictured), Manager, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Service Provider discusses how ISPs can expand their CDN solutions - "In addition to supporting their own operations, these CDNs provide a viable commercial alternative — or complement — to pure-play CDNs (such as Level 3 and Limelight), and enable SPs to earn extra income from the content flowing over their network .. The Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) believes that CDN federations* will provide an even farther-reaching solution".

"Cisco IBSG has embarked on a three-phase exploration into the feasibility of CDN federations. Several innovative SPs are working with Cisco in a pilot program to validate key concepts required to make CDN federations a reality .. The work in Phase One and Two confirmed that SPs have an opportunity to deliver rich content services to media and broadcasters with improved SLA and guaranteed delivery. An essential ingredient to CDN federation success will be open, standardized solutions. The results of the CDN federation pilot are being leveraged to accelerate standardization of CDN interconnection and to create an industry roadmap".

"Phase Three of the Cisco IBSG CDN federation pilot is scheduled to run from January 2013 to May 2013. It will focus on more advanced functions, such as flexible CDN selection based on business rules, in-depth monitoring and analysis, and scaling. In Phase Three, the team will seek to involve a broader set of ecosystem players, including pure-play CDNs and content providers"

See "Cisco Pilot Proves the Value of CDN Federations" - here.

*Operators connecting their own CDNs

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