2011-03-02 00:00:00 | Streamzilla
StreamZilla tips & tricks blog
StreamZilla is the premium streaming media CDN in Europe. We recently started a separate blog for StreamZilla to publish news, streaming media technological developments and StreamZilla tips and tricks.
StreamZilla offers content owners much more control over their streams than other CDNs can offer. This is because StreamZilla is powered by our VideoExchange CDN technology…
Stream me up, Scotty!
The third part of the campaign is ‘Stream me up, Scotty!’
“The next best thing to beaming is streaming”. This emphasizes the innovation of StreamZilla. Television is old. Streaming is the future. We had fun in writing Stark Trek cultural references into the three text blocks on the campaign page.
CDNs in Europe: trends
It was nice to catch up with all the other people in the industry on Streaming Media Europe, two weeks ago in London. Although many people are competing, the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Which is important!
What worried me about the European streaming industry is the lack of growth and profitability and lack of focus. Yes we had two crisis years. But streaming video should be a booming business!
StreamZilla extends into Africa
Africa is the forgotten continent on the web. Internet usage is very low*. Connectivity to Africa is very limited and very expensive.
There’s hardly any business for traditional global CDNs. No volume! Except for one or two basic web caches, there’s no serious CDN presence in Africa.
Because of this, the Internet in Africa is in a deadlock: traffic is scarce and expensive, so demand stays low. Content services cannot start. Chicken and egg.
But at the same time, Africa’s telecommunications market is among the fastest growing in the world. Landlines are almost impossible, so the growth is in mobile. An increasing number of countries are deploying full mobile coverage, even in rural areas. We don’t expect Africa to fill in the current gap with the Western and Asian internet but mobile web consumption will grow dramatically.
This is actually a very promising situation for a smarter CDN in Africa. Every bit you can get localized and offloaded from global carriers into (mobile) networks is a huge win.
StreamZilla is proud to announce the extension of our award-winning European CDN into Africa.
This is a partnering deal where the involved local parties deploy their own server infrastructure on top of their Internet’s infrastructure and use the Jet-Stream VideoExchange technology to power the CDN. The CDN will be managed by the StreamZilla team in the Netherlands. The services will be offered under the StreamZilla brand name.
Our benefit is that we don’t have to over-invest in a huge infrastructure: the CAPEX of our technologies are extremely low and we can scale the CDN as demand grows. By making this African CDN part of the StreamZilla operation, the OPEX costs are kept very low as well.
Another benefit for the mobile focussed Internet in Africa is that our VideoExchange technology is focussed on all video technologies (video is by far the fastest growing traffic in mobile) and is heavily optimized for mobile content.
And another benefit is that in the future we can deploy edge servers (special form factor or even virtualized) right down into the Node B’s (which is tech talk for mobile radio towers). We do not require specific networking, delivery, load balancing, storage or pop head appliances. A VideoExchange CDN can be deployed on any IP network, on COTS hardware or appliances without any vendor-lock-in, in just a few weeks time.
I personally don’t believe that the extension into Africa will make us a fortune in the short term. But being a first mover does allow us to move into a greenfield territory at relatively low costs, and to break through the chicken and egg problem.
We hope to release more information about the African expansion as soon as we can.
*well maybe not in Nigeria with all their scammers. But we’re not planning in Nigeria.
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Jet-Stream to deploy CDN in MexicoRSS
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Mexico is one of those countries where global CDNs are underpowered and underperforming. Most of these CDNs have no presence and if they do, their footprint is very limited in capacity and features.
In the meantime, demand for professional content services grows. Jet-Stream recently signed up an agreement to deploy a VideoExchange powered CDN in Mexico. The local partners are specialized in digital media services and telecommunications.
This is a licensing deal where the involved local parties deploy their own server infrastructure on top of their Internet’s infrastructure and use the Jet-Stream VideoExchange technology to power the CDN. Because of the ease of use and integrated interfaces, our software can be managed by the local team, which gives them full control over their own infrastructure, bandwidth, traffic patterns, customers and revenue models.
The benefit of our technology is that we do not require specific networking, delivery, load balancing, storage or pop head appliances. It can be deployed on any IP network, on COTS hardware or appliances without any vendor-lock-in, in just a few weeks time.
That’s the main difference between being a specialized independent CDN specialist compared to traditional vendors who have their own agenda (selling vendor-lock-in boxes). Very short time to market, no lock-in, scalability, lowest CAPEX, lowest OPEX.
We hope to release more information about the Mexican CDN as soon as we can.
CDN World Summit
I enjoyed to see how CDN World Summit professionalized in just a year. Last year, with an audience of 75(?) we primarily saw telco R&D guys pitching their academic technologies. And vendors doing commercial pitches. This year, with over 200 people, it was more about strategies and business.