Massive Video Streaming Deployment by Cloudflare in Edge Data Centers Across North America and Europe

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Internet performance and security company Cloudflare has planned a massive Edge deployment that will roll out in 18 Edge Data Centers (EDCs) across North America and Europe, enabling Cloudflare to bring video streaming data “within a few milliseconds” of local market end-users and providing “fast and effective” delivery of bandwidth-intensive content.

On September 27, 2017, exactly seven years after the company’s launch, Cloudflare expanded its offerings with Cloudflare Stream – a new service that combines encoding and global delivery to form a solution for the technical and business issues associated with video streaming. By deploying Stream at all of Cloudflare’s edge nodes, Cloudflare is providing customers the ability to integrate streaming video into their applications.

cloudflare cdnIn order to effectively deploy its services, including the newly launched Stream solution, Cloudflare is allowing customers to run basic software at global facilities located at the Edge of the network. To achieve this, Cloudflare has selected EdgeConneX to provide fast and reliable content delivery to end-users. When deploying Stream and other services in EDCs across North America and Europe, Cloudflare will utilize this massive Edge deployment to further enhance its service offerings.

“We think video streaming will be a ubiquitous component within all websites and apps in the future, and it’s our immediate goal to expand the number of companies that are streaming video from 1,000 to 100,000,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “Combined with EdgeConneX’s portfolio of Edge Data Centers, our technology enables a global solution across all 118 of our points of presence, for the fastest and most secure delivery of video and Internet content.”

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In addition to the launch of Stream, Cloudflare is rolling out four additional new services: Unmetered Mitigation, which would eliminate surge pricing for DDoS mitigation; Geo Key Manager, which would provide customers with granular control over where they place their private keys; Cloudflare Warp, which would eliminate the effort required to fully mask and protect an application; and Cloudflare Workers, which writes and deploys JavaScript code at the edge.

Cloudflare’s performance gains from EdgeConneX EDCs have been verified by Cedexis, a provider of latency-based load balancing for content and cloud providers. Their panel of Real User Measurement data showed significant response time improvements immediately following the EdgeConneX EDC deployments – “33 percent in the Minneapolis metro area and 20 percent in the Portland metro area.”

“When it comes to demonstrating the effectiveness of storing data at an EdgeConneX EDC, the numbers speak for themselves,” said Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer (CCO), EdgeConneX. “We look forward to continuing our work with Cloudflare to help them deliver a wide range of cutting-edge services to their customer base, including Cloudflare Stream.”