For the past few days, transparent caching provider PeerApp has been monitoring apple.com activity for almost 70 of their telco and university customers across the globe. Not surprisingly, around 1pm ET on Wednesday after iOS 9 was released, combined traffic from iOS 9 downloads spiked to almost 13Gbps. Nearly 80% (over 10Gbps) of this traffic is being delivered through PeerApp’s cache, avoiding congesting of the operator and University network. Looking at individual systems, PeerApp said they are seeing speed improvements on the order to 10-20x; meaning customers served by their caches are getting the apple.com traffic 10-20x faster from cache. One University in particular is experiencing up to 100x speed improvement in downloads
Cedexis, long known for its multi-CDN/multi-cloud solutions for general purpose HTTP and HTTPS traffic, has announced a product called “ Cedexis Buffer Killer “, that is specifically aimed at the online video space. The Cedexis video solution allows content owners that use multiple CDNs to shift traffic, in real-time, based on QoS metrics. Cedexis new offering will directly compete with Conviva’s Precision product line. According to Cedexis its initial set of beta customers have experienced on average a 56% improvement in buffering; 18% improvement in video start-time; and a decrease in video failures of up to 66%
Lately content owners have been asking me about HTTP/2 and what my opinion is on how it will impact the future of the content delivery business. The current HTTP protocol has worked well for a long time and was aligned with the needs of web developers when it was widely adopted around 1997. However, since then, webpages require much more external resources, bigger images, and today’s webpage are significantly different from those in the late 90’s.
Google Cloud has announced a new collaboration with four CDN providers, Level 3, CloudFlare, Fastly and Highwinds in a program they are calling CDN Interconnect. The goal is to allow joint customers of these CDN providers and Google’s Cloud Platform to pay reduced prices for in-region Cloud Platform egress traffic. I’m also hearing that additional CDNs will join the program before too long, giving content owners even more flexibility. For customers using Google Cloud as their origin source, this will lower their delivery costs and should improve delivery performance
Last week I saw two reports published by Wall Street analysts suggesting that Apple’s still non-existent live OTT service will mean a lot of revenue for CDN provider Akamai. Of course neither of the reports gave out any numbers, provided any estimates of revenue or even showed the formula anyone can use to get a rough idea of what the business would be worth. These reports need to stop being so vague and provide real numbers considering it’s easy to estimate the value of the business using very simple math, which I detail below. When it comes to the topic of Apple’s own CDN, I still see quite a few who says that Apple is “reportedly building out its own CDN network”, and they speak about it as if it’s speculation
Data is slowly starting to come in on how ISPs are handling the Windows 10 update and overall, it seems most ISPs are doing well, with a few experiencing some QoS issues. Third-party data shows that the CDNs Microsoft is using for a large percentage of downloads have so far, not experienced any performance problems. Based on numbers I have been given, total traffic amongst all CDNs delivering the update looks to have peaked at around 10Tb/s, with more traffic on Wednesday than Thursday.
I’ve never used the term “break the Internet” because most of the time people say that, they are simply overhyping an event on the web. But with the volume of downloads that Microsoft is expecting for the launch of Windows 10 and the capacity they have already reserved from third-party CDNs to deliver the software, the Internet is in for some real performance problems this week. Based on numbers I am hearing from multiple sources, Microsoft has reserved up to 40TB of capacity from all of the third-party CDNs combined. To put that number in perspective, some of Apple’s recent largest live events on the web have peaked at 8TB. Windows 10 is expected to be five times that and will easily be the largest day/week of traffic ever on the Internet.
Last week Verizon and Level 3 announced they had entered into a long-term interconnection agreement where both companies have agreed to share the cost to add additional capacity between their networks. Unlike Netflix and Cogent who think there should be no cost to them, Level 3 has always agreed that there is a direct cost of adding capacity on each side and that both parties should share in those upgrade costs.
Now that the new Open Internet rules have been passed, Cogent plans to file a complaint with the FCC against Comcast regarding access to their network. I’m also hearing that Comcast won’t be the only ISP that Cogent plans to go after. The complaint can’t be filed until 60 days after the law was passed, so the earliest we could see the complaint is the 26th of this month. I don’t know if the FCC will even make the complaint public, but in typical Cogent fashion, the company wants all of their access to the ISPs to be free, with as much capacity as they want. It’s the same sorry argument Cogent has been using for years and plans to argue about the ISP’s “monopoly” and “control” over the last mile
Burlington, Mass. backed Kwicr, a company funded by Sigma Prime and Venrock with funding of $11.5M, unveiled earlier this week their Mobile Delivery Network. Founded three years ago, the 35-employee firm says it is working with more than 80 mobile apps, including those of some well-known media companies, carriers, development houses and enterprises