Will Teridion Revolutionize the CDN Model


In 2013, a startup named Teridion began operations in stealth mode with $5 million in VC funding and the vague goal of making the Internet “lightning fast.” In September 2015, they garnered an additional $15 million in VC funding and eventually emerged from stealth mode with a plan to improve any Internet connection anywhere anytime without any hardware or software.

Teridion manages the cloud as an abstract layer and API that drastically simplifies the process of routing data. This layer is called the Global Cloud Network and works off x86 servers within the cloud. Their devices work at the IP level and use the Teridion Management System (TMS) instead of using  BGP routing protocol on their devices, as BGP can be problematic in both its lack of end to end network visibility and its “routing prioritization based on commercial relationships between ISPs and on economic considerations.”

The TMS spans multiple cloud providers to determine the best possible route for traffic. Some have called Teridion’s strategy “reverse load balancing.” Teridion routes in real-time and with real-time network-wide traffic visibility. While most routing occurs one step at a time, Teridion’s API has a network-wide view that works to accurately determine the quickest overall route and is constantly analyzing the path throughout the journey in case another, quicker route becomes available.

Service Overview

  • Teridion Measurement Agents (TMAs) that run on virtual machines within cloud operators, and are used to determine latency across an operator’s backbone or to other cloud operators
  • Teridion Cloud Virtual Routers (TCRs), like virtual routers, which create overlay paths across the Internet based on throughput, latency or geography, to optimize a given customer’s dynamic content
  • Teridion Management System (TMS) which is similar to a control plane and gathers data from TMAs to paint a live view of Internet performance and maintains APIs to cloud operators to create or destroy TCRs on-demand and based on customer requirements

Teridion does not utilize caching to speed up delivery,  its solution  works for all IP applications and its optimization is bi-directional. Teridion is an especially excellent solution for websites that require dynamic content and for users that require large uploads and downloads.

Teridion is also fully transparent end to end with its DNS integration. Because Teridion is based completely in the cloud, it can be launched in about three minutes. Teridion boasts no jitter and minimal latency in its network as well as 20 times overall faster Internet. Teridion is also highly predictable and uses SSL encryption.

Teridion is SDN-like in both its separation of the networking planes as well as its ability to integrate with any cloud service provider and support of any type of protocol. It also operates with an SaaS that has support available when needed and a pay-as-you-go model. Teridion has already launched its solutions in more than 15 companies including Egnyte and Lexifone.

Teridion’s Global Cloud Networks includes AWS, Google Cloud Platform and AliCloud. All of Teridion’s customers are bandwidth-intensive services, as these are the types of companies that stand to gain the most out of their network solution, though every end-user and customer can appreciate a speedier network connection.

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