CDN provider technologies must constantly evolve and improve if CDN providers, such as CDNetworks and Fastly, are to keep ahead of the game and encourage new customers to accelerate data with their services. This includes the development of now points of presence (PoPs), caching technologies and data compression standard.
In a bid to improve content delivery network performance, Highwinds has become the latest CDN provider to seeks to optimize it’s network and technologies. They have chosen to utilise CenturyLink, a data centre hosting company, to help optimise the Highwinds global content delivery platform by taking advantage of their widespread data centre capacity.
CDN Provider and data centre benefits
The CDN provider will use this new data centre capacity to help the Highwinds CDN stream video, distribute games, serve advertising assets and deliver software, apps and website around the globe. Furthermore, it will help the CDN provider reduce costs – since expanding into two CenturyLink data centres nine months ago, Highwinds has reduced some of their hosting costs by almost 50%.
"In media, entertainment, gaming and beyond, Highwinds enables users to access content immediately, whether it's a mobile app, online game or rich media," said Jason Griner, vice president of carrier relations, Highwinds. "We take this commitment seriously, and CenturyLink helps us continue to keep all our customer promises."
"In today's digital world, businesses and consumers alike have drastically increased needs for reliable, secure connectivity," said David Meredith, senior vice president, global data centers, CenturyLink. "In order to meet these demands, organizations must be able to address fast-changing customer requirements. Highwinds is not only doing this; it's also taking an innovative approach to stay ahead of the curve."
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