Internap Rebuilds Patented Routing Software, Launches Enhanced CDN Solution

Internap, a provider of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting solutions, has rebuilt its patented, intelligent routing software, Managed Internet Route Optimizer (MIRO), which optimizes network traffic for applications and content running on its cloud, hosting and colocation services. Additionally, new HTTP caching and web acceleration capabilities in Internap’s CDN would enable faster and more reliable delivery of dynamic site content.

With the “Internet of things” quickly gaining momentum, the number of connected devices is growing exponentially. The next generation of Internap’s MIRO – which intelligently analyzes performance characteristics across Internet backbones and delivers traffic over the fastest path – is specifically designed to address this Internet evolution, according to Internap.

cdn-internapInternap’s network engineering development team leveraged the company’s almost 20 years of experience with route optimization and performance networking in the complete rebuild of the MIRO engine to support these new Internet requirements. Next-gen MIRO would succeed by continually probing all available network paths and making an average of 250,000 hourly routing adjustments in each of Internap’s 87 global network points of presence (POPs). The end-result for customers, and their applications, would be that MIRO delivers client traffic much faster.

Internap claims that in real-world tests of production traffic, next-gen MIRO delivered the following network benefits:

  • Average latency – Next-gen MIRO reduced traffic latency by 44% and 64%, as compared to the best and worst-performing carriers, respectively.
  • Successfully identified the best path – Next-gen MIRO identified and routed traffic over the best-performing network path more than 99% of the time.
  • Performance consistency – Next-gen MIRO delivered traffic with nearly four times less variability than other carriers, leveling out traffic spikes for consistent, fast performance.
  • Optimizations per hour – Next-gen MIRO identified the best Internet route more rapidly, making an average of 1,300 traffic optimizations per customer per hour.
  • Network engineering resources saved – Each customer would need more than 300 qualified network engineers to achieve the same level of dynamic route optimization delivered by next-gen MIRO.

Internap is currently deploying its next-gen MIRO technology across its 87 POPs worldwide and expects to complete this deployment by the end of the second quarter.

Application acceleration

Internap has also enhanced its global CDN to provide improved performance, scalability, ease of use and a rich feature set for infrastructure customers. Key benefits to Internap’s CDN customers would include:

  • Increased performance – New HTTP caching engine and 100% SSD-based caching server infrastructure deliver higher scalability with a 3X increase in HTTP throughput resulting in faster, more consistent performance even under high traffic loads.
  • Better price/performance for cloud hosting customers – Transparent “universal transfer pricing” would effectively balance bandwidth price and performance for Internap’s public virtual and bare-metal cloud hosting customers through one bucket of usage for both IP and CDN traffic. Customers receive a fixed amount of universal transfer at no charge when they purchase a monthly commit for cloud hosting services.
  • Improved flexibility – Provides more than 30 new configurable features, including advanced content security and an improved portal with more flexible configuration and enhanced reseller functions, along with a platform to rapidly develop new ones and respond to customer requirements.

The enhanced CDN solution is available immediately across Internap’s global footprint.