LeaseWeb Enters European CDN Ecosystem

Watch out Amazon, here comes LeaseWeb with a vengeance. LeaseWeb, based in Amsterdam is the latest cloud compute service provider to enter the CDN industry. They started off in 1997 as a hosting company, then evolved into a public/private cloud service provider over the years. In early 2013, they built a CDN from the ground up, as opposed to reselling Akamai. Their CDN is based on the feature rich Nginx software platform, giving them the ability to add dozen of features over time. LeaseWeb has tens of thousands of customers globally using its cloud services. Julien Lehmann, recently joined LeaseWeb as CDN Product Manager, having previously worked for Telefonica and Digital Island. Julien was instrumental in launching the European sales division for Digital Island over a decade ago.

LeaseWeb is what I classify as a Cloud Compute CDN, along with Amazon, Microsoft and Internap. That means their primary business is cloud computing, and CDN is strategic add-on service that they aim to grow extensively over the next few years. The one major advantage that LeaseWeb has over the pure-play CDN, a large established customer base in which they can sell CDN services to. LeaseWeb has been aggressive in selling CDN services just like Amazon. From June 2013 to October 2013, they grew their CDN traffic from 18Gbps/mo to 150Gbps/mo. Do they pose an emerging threat to Cloudfront, Internap and Microsoft? They do at least in Europe. As a new start-up in the European CDN Ecosystem, we’ll be tracking their progress.

 LeaseWeb Background
  • Started: 1997
  • Based: Amsterdam
  • Number of Employees: 300+
  • Number of Dedicated Servers (Cloud): 60,000+
  • Product Offering: Hosting, Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Security and CDN
  • CDN POPs: Amsterdam, Frankfurt, San Francisco, Singapore and Washington DC, and growing
  • Caching Platform: Nginx
  • CDN Features: Small file & large file delivery, video streaming, SSL, Token Auth, DDoS Protection (L3/4), 100% SSD Powered, Instant Purge, Origin Protection, Geo-blocking, RESTful API, & growing