Internap prepares their network for the future of content delivery
By Stephen Brown | | 0
The way we are using the internet is changing at breakneck speed, with an ever increasing amount of data being delivered to a diverse range of locations around the world every year. As such, content delivery network providers need to keep up with developments if they are to ensure that their networks stay relevant in such a competitive industry. As such, Internap, a leading CDN provider and website accelerator, has announced a complete reworking of their network to help it meet the challenges of tomorrow’s technology.
Internap’s web acceleration technology is known as MIRO, or Managed Internet Route Optimizer. Since its inception, it has excelled at providing high speed network optimisations for content running on their cloud, hosting and colocation services to some of the largest brands in the world. Now, Internap has committed itself to providing a next-gen MIRO that will give their customers even better flexibility and speed.
The desire to take advantage of the so-called ‘internet of things’ lies at the heart of Internap’s recent developments. The internet of things is the name given to the rise of internet connected devices, from traditional tech such as mobile phones and PCs to modern TVs and appliances such as thermostats and ovens. This allows devices to communicate and operate ‘smartly’.
The rise of the internet of things is contributing to even greater pressures on global network bandwidths, and so Internap’s new generation of MIRO will work intelligently to support these new internet requirements by constantly monitoring all available network paths and making an average of 250,000 hourly routing adjustments across their 87 global points of presence (PoPs) to ensure optimal use of network bandwidth. Internap believe that this will result in internet speeds of up to 2 or 3 times faster than other providers.
In addition to this, the next-gen MIRO will reduce traffic latency by around 50% compared to their competitors whilst also reducing variability in network speeds, ensuring consistent performance. And with an average of 1,300 traffic optimisations being made per customer per hour, a lot if being done behind the scenes to ensure the best possible performance.
As well as the changes to MIRO, Internap is also making improvements to the CDN, creating 100% solid state drive (SSD) caching servers to reduce seek times, improve scalability and increase HTTP throughput by 300%.