As consumers continued demand more high-quality content over the Internet, service providers are finding it difficult to increase revenues while containing costs. This is due mainly to two trends: (1) over-the-top (OTT) content providers having outsourced delivery of content to pure-play content delivery network (CDN) companies and (2) traffic growth (with no resulting revenue benefit), increasing network build-out and maintenance costs.
In response, many SPs have begun to utilize CDNs within their networks. While this approach has helped, results have been limited. Now, SPs are exploring the potential of CDN federations, which Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) defines as multi-footprint, open CDN capabilities built from resources owned and operated by autonomous members.
This paper provides an overview of the trends and challenges facing SPs today with regard to content delivery, describes a Cisco-led CDN federation pilot and results to date, and lays out the next steps for the pilot in an effort make CDN federations a reality.
Everyone is talking about the Cloud but many companies are just beginning their journey and want a guide to ensure the quickest and most cost-effective path. Questions arise such as “can we build a cloud in-house?” which is kind of like taking a bus to your destination if you don’t have expertise at your company. Others ponder “should we hire a partner to advise us?” which is the equivalent to taking a jet because an expert will quickly fly you to the cloud, leveraging knowledge that has accumulated through experience. The jet will get you there a lot faster with less bumps and obstacles.
Companies like Discovery and Innovest Systems have reached their destination to the cloud with the help of the Savvis Symphony Cloud Solution. To securely keep up with massive growth while aligning costs to revenue opportunities, Innovest Systems has been utilizing Savvis cloud solutions for more than six years.
Savvis delivers a complex, fully managed infrastructure for Discovery Communications to support its real-time advertising deliverables, ad sales, scheduling, and programming for all its international operations.
Positioned as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Savvis delivers a leading-edge solution that results in costs savings for its customers.
“We help customers with cost-affordable, reliable IT infrastructure services so that they can focus on applications that are differentiating them in their markets,” says Bryan Doerr, Chief Technology Officer, Savvis.
The Savvis cloud solution offers enterprise customers unprecedented flexibility in controlling how much applications costs and how effectively those applications are delivered to end users.
Savvis started with an IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) that is world class in both its network architecture and service delivery capabilities. Building on this foundation, Savvis then turned its attention to the infrastructure side of the data center.
Its vision led Savvis to create a unique cloud-based service, offering enterprise-required services, not just compute virtualization. The solution is designed to meet the broadest range of global computing needs which allows Savvis customers to focus on innovation, competitive advantage, and growth by freeing up IT resources.
Cisco has been part of the Savvis journey to cloud. Cisco Services helped Savvis create their cloud offering, achieve their goals, and realize the full value of its investment in data center and cloud solutions. This included, but was not limited to, an 18 month roadmap aligned with Savvis’ technology and business goals.
Following the conclusion of State of Green Business 2012, I boarded a plane to Vancouver with Stephan Dolezalek, Managing Director, VantagePoint Venture Partners and one of my fellow panelists at the San Francisco conference, to ask that other “greenish city on a bay” similar questions that were pondered in San Francisco. (As some of you already know, these two cities enjoy a friendly rivalry to see who can be more sustainable and prosperous while still being hip and cool).
The Cities Summit, hosted and organized on February 1-2 by Vancouver’s city government, assembled an interesting group comprised of hundreds of international business and urban leaders. They focused on the design of creative, practical solutions for a sustainable urban future. The city invited me to moderate a session entitled, “City Finance 2.0: Next Generation Urban Infrastructure.” The invitation arose for one good reason: the focus of this Vancouver discussion — the business of city building — closely mirrors the focus of the “2012 Meeting of the Minds,” which Toyota and Cisco and others will convene in San Francisco in October. Read More »