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NAB 2015: MLBAM Hits It out of The Park with Cisco Virtualized Encoding

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about the increased volume of encoder solution bakeoffs, inside the global service provider community. Today, I am happy to share another success story: MLBAM – Major League Baseball’s technology company. MLBAM is using our AnyRes Live encoders for adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming to help support more than 350 individual, live channels of H.264-compressed video, to multiple content delivery networks (CDNs)– and not just from the 30 MLB ballparks.

Just last week, in fact, on the opening day of the 2015 baseball season, some 60 million viewers watched video via and — up Read More »

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Operators Consider CDN Federations

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.

IBSG has developed a paper that addresses this issue.  Titled “Content Delivery Network (CDN) Federations: How SPs Can Win the Battle for Content-Hungry Consumers”, it can be found on the Service Provider Thought Leadership section.  At this site, you will find a number of interesting, provocative papers on various subjects relating to the service provider segment.  

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.

Check it out, and the others, as well . . .

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