A P2P CDN, contrary to a regular CDN does not use traditional servers and datacentres to distribute content. They instead leverage users on their platform for the distribution of content. P2P CDNs use WebRTC to connect the users without the need for a plugin to be installed on the user’s device. This makes things easier to use, to manage for the P2P CDNs, and ensures the most number of peers are connected at any given time.
The stock price of Centurylink dropped by more than 12.5% following the announcement while Level 3 stock went up more than 4%. The deal is expected to close by the 3rd querter of 2017.
Warpcache has introduced an origin shield for their multi-cdn solution. This feature, called Warpshield, protects origins against cache stampedes and reduces cost.
Amazon Cloudfront has introduced HTTP/2 in order to improve the performance of content delivery to clients that support the protocol.
The new protocol will be enabled for all newly set up properties. For existing properties HTTP/2 can be enabled in the propery configuration (distribution configuration in Cloudfront terms).
Limelight has expanded its offering with a cloud security suite. The goal of the suite is to detect and stop application attacks in real time, protecting websites and web applications from common threats and specialized attacks. The suite will be integrated in the current CDN offering of Limelight.
Incapsula is the only Web Application Firewall (WAF) provider placed in the Leader quandrant in Gartner’s most recent Magic Quandrant for WAF providers. Not only are they the only one in that quadrant this year, they have been for the past 2 years as well.
Incapsula has partnered with ChinaCache ( comparison of both CDNs ) in an effort to improve delivery of assets into mainland China while maintaining the benefits of the security suite Incapsula offers. They achieve this by daisy-chaining the CDNs where Incapsula acts as the origin for the properies on ChinaCache and results in a 10X performance increase for some customers.
Akamai and Limelight have signed a license deal worth $54 million. The license deal comes after the most recent judgement in a decade old lawsuit, which even has its own Wikipedia page where Limelight was forced to pay $51 million in damages. This agreement is meant as a replacement for the damages awarded in the lawsuit will be paid for in 12 installments over 3 years. This deal, coupled with some other measures, means Limelight is now confident about its future: “This agreement, coupled with the series of financial and operational improvements, further enhances our confidence in Limelight’s value creation opportunity.” says Limelight CEO Robert Lento.
Google has acquired Anvato, an Over-The-Top (OTT) video company that allows you stream, edit and distribute videos. Anvato will be running on the Google Cloud infrastructure and will be integrated into the Google Cloud product proposition.
MaxCDN has introduced multiple levels of GZIP compression. This feature is particularly useful for users of download managers and those who use a multi-CDN setup and need to keep the file size of their assets consistent.
Highwinds has unveiled their Full Site Acceleration product. The main feature of the product is the ability to accelerate non-cacheable content.
Limelight is the lastest CDN provider to join the Google Interconnect program; a program that allows direct peering between Google and their partners, often CDN providers. Amongst others, Akamai and Highwinds are already participating in the program.