Google Cloud launches Media CDN that uses YouTube’s network

YouTube

Google Cloud has launched a new multimedia content delivery network (CDN) – aptly named Media CDN – that allows businesses to take advantage of Google’s YouTube network.

According to Sandvine’s ‘The Global Internet Phenomena Report’, video streaming accounted for 53.7% of global bandwidth traffic in the first half of 2021.

The strain this is placing on existing infrastructure is fuelling media and streaming companies’ transitions to public clouds, and...

Lumen doubles Latin American customer base for edge services

Latin America

Edge solutions provider Lumen Technologies doubled the number of Latin American customers that acquired its edge services in 2021.

The continent’s growing interest in Lumen’s services came from industries requiring low latency such as content creation, entertainment, e-commerce, and public cloud providers.

In recent years, Lumen has focused on growing its client base in Latin American countries through a series of investments and acquisitions.

Last year, it...

Limelight acquires Yahoo’s Edgecast and rebrands to Edgio

Limelight

Limelight Networks, a content delivery network (CDN) provider, has agreed to acquire Yahoo’s Edgecast CDN in an all-stock transaction valued at £230 million.

The combined company will rebrand to Edgio to become, in Limelight’s words, a global leader in edge-enabled software solutions.

Yahoo, itself owned by Apollo and Verizon, will receive 72.2 million shares of Limelight stock, own 31.9% of the new company, and appoint three directors to its...

Bloomberg Media tests edge streaming solution with Verizon and AWS

Bloomberg streaming

Bloomberg Media, the business news conglomerate, is using Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength to test the delivery of live 4K content without the need for satellites.

Verizon and Amazon Web Services’ joint solution, which recently expanded to 17 major US cities, is a real-time cloud platform that brings AWS services to the edge of Verizon’s wireless network.

Bloomberg is also working with Zixi, a live video streaming software firm, to minimise latency and simplify...

AWS Local Zones launching across 26 countries in global edge expansion

AWS Local Zones

Following the launch of AWS Local Zones in 16 US cities, Amazon Web Services is expanding its offering to 32 new metropolitan areas in 26 countries around the world.

AWS Local Zones serve as infrastructure that extends compute, storage, and database services to the edge of the cloud near large population and IT centres.

Through Local Zones, customers can deploy applications that require single-digit millisecond latencies closer to end users or on-premises data...

Akamai combines its edge with Linode’s cloud in £664m acquisition

Akamai + Linode

Akamai Technologies, inventor of the content delivery network (CDN) and a security and edge services provider, has acquired cloud hosting company Linode for $900 million (£664m).

The goal behind buying Linode is to “become the world’s most distributed compute platform, from cloud to edge”. Akamai expects its addition will add $100 million (£74m) in revenue to its 2022 fiscal year.

Linode became known in 2003 for hiring out virtual private servers in the days...

Ekinops acquires edge-to-cloud software start-up SixSq

Cliff Edge

Ekinops, a French telecoms solutions provider, has acquired Switzerland-based start-up SixSq.

SixSq offers a complete edge-to-cloud platform and marketplace as a service that turns computers into edge devices with advanced security.

This is achieved through two Sixsq products: the Nuvla.io marketplace, which hosts a range of business applications in container format, and the NuvlaBox software, which converts enterprise routers into smart edge systems.

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Akamai’s edge computing upgrades expand possibilities for developers

A dog sitting with a computer.

Akamai, a content delivery network services provider, has unveiled upgrades to its EdgeWorkers platform in an effort to help companies create and deliver better user experiences at the edge.

The enhancements include more flexibility for EdgeWorkers, making it easier for developers to deploy code at the edge. 

New resource tiers offer developers a choice by packaging CPU and memory, along with commensurate pricing options, to best fit their needs. The two tiers -...

Opinion: Bringing colocation closer to the edge

Seamlessly reliable and responsive applications are now expected by consumers and businesses: from video conferencing and content streaming to gaming and software distribution. Furthermore, ultra-low latency in the sub 10ms range, and so well below the current 50 – 150ms of Content Delivery Networks, is seen as essential in delivering future 5G and IoT enabled technologies and applications: from driverless vehicles to remote surgery and automated factories.  

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Akamai helps developers to build microservices at the edge

Akamai’s latest platform update helps developers to build innovative microservices at the edge.

The company is known for running one of the world’s largest Content Delivery Networks (CDN) but has recognised a shift to a “builder culture” from its customers which has led it to double-down on its edge computing solutions.

While edge computing is gaining traction due to exciting new advancements in areas like AI and the IoT, Akamai has technically been a player for...