Wowza Releases Report on Livestreaming UX

Last week, Wowza released the 2017 report “Create the Streaming Media Experience Users Want.” The report analyzes the livestreaming UX (user experience) for five markets–gaming, news, radio, sports, and user-generated content (UGC)–by looking at the first time to first frame (TTFF) and end-to-end latency (E2E) for market leaders in each segment. These factors, along with factors like resolution, audio clarity, and stability, had the highest impact on livestreaming UX and were most likely to contribute to user abandonment.

Netflix Building Content Delivery Network Data Science and Algorithm Team

Earlier this year, Netflix hit a milestone of 100 million users worldwide–a massive user base that now consumes 125 million hours of streaming content per day from their own CDN. Delivering content at this scale presents a significant challenge, one that is aided by Netflix’s rapidly growing data science and algorithm team. By leveraging big data on various metrics, such as subscriber churn and popular files in various regions, Netflix is able to maintain QoE and plan for future changes to their membership numbers, catalog, and consumer devices.

Quantum Internet and Quantum Communications: One Step Closer

Last month, a team of physicists led by Pan Jianwei from the University of Science and Technology in China took a major step toward the development of a quantum internet. Using Micius, the world’s first quantum communications satellite, the team was able to generate a pair of entangled photons and distribute them from space to ground stations 1200 km apart.

CloudFlare Introduces CloudFlare Apps Platform

Today, Cloudflare announced Cloudflare Apps, an open platform that showcases apps for distribution to the over six million websites on Cloudflare’s network. Using the Cloudflare Apps platform, website owners can browse, preview and install apps instantly and without the need for any technical expertise.

Interview with Stewart McGrath, CEO of section.io

Modern web applications and content delivery requirements have changed considerably since content delivery networks first emerged. Agile development practices, DevOps, edge compute and new security requirements are all driving more sophisticated use cases for CDN, including multi-CDN and DIY CDN approaches.

Aryaka Networks Launches SmartACCESS Remote Access Solution

Today, Aryaka announced the availability of SmartACCESS, a clientless SD-WAN solution for remote access with a built-in dynamic CDN. Aryaka’s first-to-market, software-defined solution provides up to 3x faster application performance for mobile users, targeting enterprise companies that struggle to provide secure and reliable connectivity to their remote workforce.

Zenedge Announces API Security Suite

Last week, cybersecurity company Zenedge announced the release of Zenedge API Security, an API protection solution with full application layer protection. We had the opportunity to talk with Aftab Afzal, head of Zenedge’s EMEA Sales about their API security suite and how it stacks up against competing solutions.

PacketZoom Nearly Doubles the Speed of Photofy App

Recently, the mobile last mile acceleration company PacketZoom worked with Photofy, a content creation and photo editing app, to improve its speed and limit session interruptions. During A/B testing, Photofy rescued 63% of transfer disconnects and yielded speeds that were between 1.46 and 1.76 times faster.

Cloudflare Prepares for IPO

Looking ahead to the initial public offering planned for mid-2018, CloudFlare has hired their first CFO, Thomas Seifert, the former CFO of network security company Symantec. Seifert will oversee key parts of the preparations for CloudFlare’s IPO as well as the company’s global finance department, reporting to co-founder and CEO Matthew Prince.

Open Source Data Pipeline – Luigi vs Azkaban vs Oozie vs Airflow

As companies grow, their workflows become more complex, comprising of many processes with intricate dependencies that require increased monitoring, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Without a clear sense of data lineage, accountability issues can arise and operational metadata can be lost. This is where directed acyclic graphs (DAGs), data pipelines, and workflow managers come into play.

CloudFlare Introduces Argo Virtual Backbone

Cloudflare is attempting to take on the problem of routing optimization with the rollout of Argo, a virtual backbone for the Internet that leverages the information gathered from its global PoPs to dramatically improve performance. With Argo’s released in mid-May, Cloudflare announced its beta users experienced a 35% average reduction in latency, a 27% drop in connection errors, and a 60% decrease in cache misses, in addition to improved reliability and lower bandwidth bills.  

Interview with Chetan Ahuja, CTO and Founder of Packetzoom

As part of our ongoing interview series with leaders in the tech industry, we’ve previously interviewed PacketZoom’s CEO Shlomi Gian about his move to the mobile app acceleration company from his previous work at Akamai. This week, we had the opportunity to interview PacketZoom’s founder, Chetan Ahuja, about his background working in network optimization and mobile performance at the start of the smartphone revolution and how it led to the development of his own mobile performance company–as well as his thoughts on the future of online networks. A big thanks to Chetan for his insight.

Akamai Introduces liveOrigin

Akamai announced this week that new capabilities will be added to its linear video streaming delivery system, Media Services Live, designed to bridge the gap between broadcast television and 24×7 livestreaming. The new purpose-built capabilities, collectively referred to as liveOrigin, will offer broadcast-quality ingestion, decrease latency, and create redundancies to ensure always-on availability for OTT providers.