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Oct 8, 2013

Georgia Tech uses CDN to reach global student base

Ansley Kilgore

Georgia Tech uses CDNFor universities with a large international student base, the ability to distribute timely class content is critical. As one of the nation’s top research universities, Georgia Tech ensures that students around the world receive the same top-quality education as those on campus. A Content Delivery Network (CDN) provides a seamless content distribution process without placing additional burden on the University’s finances or infrastructure.

The Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) unit meets the demand for timely, high quality content with Internap’s CDN. The technology has delivered results across multiple areas, including decreased cost, streamlined processes and increased scalability.

The CDN solution
CDNs are purpose-built to distribute content, and offer multiple ways to create a high-quality online user experience through media distribution, large file download and website caching. Internap’s CDN includes multiple Points of Presence (POPs) across the globe, which means content can be cached in edge POPs that are located in closer proximity to the end users. This provides a high-quality, low-latency online experience for students regardless of their location, because they are accessing the content from a nearby edge POP. The global reach of Internap’s CDN allows students to participate in broadcasts via live streaming or download large files on demand.

Thanks to Internap’s CDN, students are able to quickly and reliably access live and on-demand content. Even with increasingly high demand for online learning, the CDN provides high performance, smooth streaming and an overall high quality experience for users.

Decreased cost – Prior to using a CDN, Georgia Tech was shipping CDs and DVDs of class content to students around the globe, costing approximately $250,000 per year. Additional expenses included reproduction of CDs and DVDs, along with the cost of blank media, packaging and labels. Without the need to ship course content to students, Georgia Tech is able to cut costs significantly.

Streamlined processes – Managing and distributing content in a timely manner becomes more difficult as the number of remote students increases. The ability to store media files on the CDN significantly reduces the administrative processes required to create, package and send CDs and DVDs to locations around the world.

Reduced infrastructure burden – The capacity of Georgia Tech’s campus-based servers quickly filled up with the large amount of content, creating a need for scalable storage options that are not dependent upon the limitations of University resources. The CDN provides scalable storage capacity that takes the burden off the University’s physical servers and infrastructure.

Using a CDN, Georgia Tech Professional Education has successfully reduced the cost of delivering content to students, decreased the administrative burden on internal processes and removed the load and bandwidth concerns from its own architecture. Most importantly, students around the world have timely access to course content and can tune-in live or download past broadcasts via the Internet, regardless of their geographic location.

For more information on how CDN can benefit your organization, download the CDN Buyer’s Guide.

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Sep 4, 2013

Customer Spotlight: Realview TV launches StudentBridge using CDN

Ansley Kilgore

Realview TV launches StudentBridge using CDNRealview TV specializes in creating and delivering custom online video experiences to help their clients strategically connect with target audiences. Jonathan Clues, CEO, has believed for a long time that video is poised to take over the Internet and now sees the tides changing in the near future as demand increases for more interactive, video-based web experiences. Static websites as we know them will become a thing of the past.

In support of this strategy, Realview TV recently launched StudentBridge, which connects prospective college students with educational institutions. With today’s students visiting on average 30 college websites while researching their choices, access to compelling information regarding the campus and its culture is essential for differentiation. Through branded online video experiences such as virtual campus tours, StudentBridge helps traditional universities strategically promote themselves, while also helping prospective students research and make better decisions about their ideal school.

With more than 1 million videos viewed per month, StudentBridge requires a reliable Content Delivery Network (CDN) to distribute such large amounts of online content. As an Internap customer since 2006, Realview TV uses the CDN to store and deliver rich media files across multiple devices.

The content cloud
According to Clues, the future vision for StudentBridge is to establish multiple distribution outlets and become the content cloud for their clients. This would allow universities to store content on the StudentBridge CDN and seamlessly deliver it to users via different platforms, including social media outlets, websites and mobile devices.

While many universities and businesses are using YouTube to host their online videos, StudentBridge’s content cloud approach offers a more targeted way to drive results. Even though YouTube is an effective way to do research online, it also serves as a search engine that provides information on similar companies and services. This means consumers that are actively looking at video content about your organization on YouTube are also seeing information about your competition. With a CDN, businesses can drive users to their own environment and have a higher degree of control over the content (tweet this). This type of strategy will allow StudentBridge clients to achieve better results through more targeted messaging.

StudentBridge is headquartered in the USA with a satellite office in London. With the global capabilities of Internap’s CDN, they are well-prepared to expand into international markets. CDNs are purpose-built for distributing rich media to origin points in geographically dispersed locations, allowing StudentBridge to provide quality online video to students around the world.

As online content continues to become more video-centric, having a strategic plan that governs how your organization is perceived by users is essential. Consumers will keep consulting the Internet as a first step in many buying decisions, and businesses of all types, including universities, need to deliver the right content to the right audience in order to stay competitive.

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Apr 5, 2013

Solve enterprise video delivery challenges with CDNs

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video delivery challenges with CDNsContent Delivery Networks (CDNs) are essential for enterprises that need to meet the demands of next-generation multi-device video delivery. Some challenges include:

Mobile – Even for enterprises with a successful track record of live streaming, the demand for mobile media delivery presents a new set of challenges. The BYOD (bring your own device) phenomenon has forced many IT organizations to address this.

New devices – The ability to adapt content for different devices is an essential part of enterprise video delivery. New devices require different ways to deliver content to users, and adaptive bitrate (ABR) technology can adjust the stream as needed to allow users with different bitrates to view the same content.

Competing standards – Even though http streaming is becoming the de facto standard, CDN solution providers still need to provide transcoding solutions that convert videos into multiple formats to reach a broader audience.

As an Internap customer for more than a decade, Jolokia provides hosting, streaming and IT services using a private cloud infrastructure, with worldwide content distribution and dynamic application acceleration technologies. Jolokia has a broad client base of SaaS application providers and clients that require support for delivery of live and on-demand rich media.

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Dec 11, 2012

The right IT foundation for successful SaaS

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Jolokia NetworksThe right IT Infrastructure can make or break your business. This is especially true for companies that provide IT services, hosting and streaming for SaaS clients. Without the right foundation in place, it limits your ability to offer agile, cost-effective solutions that will grow and scale along with the needs of your clients. Let’s take a look at a real-world example of how one company successfully provides its SaaS clients with innovative, cutting-edge performance solutions.

As an Internap partner for more than a decade, Jolokia provides hosting, streaming and IT services using a private cloud infrastructure, with worldwide content distribution and dynamic application acceleration technologies. With a broad client base of SaaS application providers and clients that require support for delivery of live and on-demand rich media, Jolokia must provide top-notch solutions.

In order for their clients to be successful, a few critical pieces must be in place:

High availability – Access to a high availability network is clearly at the top of Jolokia’s list. With the majority of its customers being SaaS providers, it is crucial for their revenue-generating services to be supported by a network infrastructure with best-in-class levels of availability.

Low latency – Excellent latency performance is essential. Many SaaS applications depend on minimal delay within the connecting network to ensure the necessary performance for end-user expectations. A two-second delay in website performance results in a 3.75% reduction in clicks. This delay also results in more than a 4% loss in satisfaction and, most importantly, a 4.3% loss in revenue per visitor.

Content Delivery Network (CDN) – Jolokia constantly streams transmuxed VOD, and thanks to Internap’s VOD and Live Streaming CDN service, they are able to process very large transmuxed events on the system successfully.

Internap has helped Jolokia meet its goals by providing a performance infrastructure that few companies can match. According to Mark Pace, CTO of Jolokia, “We have done hundreds of small events with a few hundred people to events with over a hundred thousand. We stream transmuxed VOD all day, every day. No small beans there with the size of events and the demands of our customers; between the platform and the excellent service I cannot recommend anyone more.”

Providing flexible alternatives to their customers is a hallmark of the Jolokia model. With demanding customers seeking to make their SaaS services more efficient, more scalable and more cost effective, Jolokia needs a partner it can count on.

Download “A Content Delivery Network Buyer’s Guide” to help you determine if CDN services are right for your business.

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Jan 27, 2011

Serving up Streaming Video with Sundance for the Sixth Consecutive Year

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The Sundance Film Festival kicked off this week in Park City, Utah and the buzz is palpable. Long considered a critical launch pad for independent filmmakers, the Festival has gained massive mainstream exposure in recent years thanks to a host of new promotional vehicles at filmmakers’ disposal—from the growing popularity of television’s Sundance Channel to the ability to view Sundance-related content on the web, and, of course, the indescribable influence of social media.

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Nov 23, 2010

Political Speeches Move from the Stump to the Server

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With Google reporting recently that 35 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, it’s clear that online video is impacting everything from entertainment and education to customer service and a number of other areas of daily life.

And after the U.S. elections on November 2nd, it’s clear you can add politics to that list.
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