Juniper Networks along with Akamai Technologies are demonstrating an Elastic Content Delivery Network (CDN) system. This system is designed to allow network operators to resolve the network scalability challenges driven by the rapid increase in video traffic. The technology will also speed up the process of service creation for service providers utilizing CDNs to launch innovative multiscreen video services that help drive subscriber acquisition and loyalty. This technology will incorporate Akamai’s virtualized Aura Licensed CDN (LCDN) software and Juniper Networks Contrail Controller for software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV).
Speaking about the technology, Jennifer Lin, senior director product management, Juniper Networks, said “Content delivery networks are evolving to meet the needs of increasingly real-time, distributed applications and users. Overlay networks have proven to simplify and automate the delivery of application and user-centric services without the administrative overhead of traditional infrastructure approaches. By combining Akamai’s virtualized caching components with Contrail’s scale-out network service automation, the companies have created a truly elastic CDN solution to meet the emerging needs of telco clouds.”
On the other hand, Anand Parikh, senior director of Business Development, Akamai, said “As a pioneer and innovator in the CDN space, Akamai has always embraced new approaches to content delivery which can help our customers provide a seamless end user experience to their subscribers. By working together with Juniper, and combining our expertise in media delivery with their expertise in NFV and SDN, we’re demonstrating how the concept of an Elastic CDN solution can meet the ever-increasing demands of multiscreen content delivery.”
The demonstration of the new technology will address some limitations of statically provisioned video architectures. These limitations include scalable catching within the operator network, distributed resource pool and automated networking. The Elastic CDN is highly distributed and virtually networked to allow efficient use of resources. Operating in an OpenStack environment, the combined solution is designed to reduce time and cost associated with adding new caching capacity to the network, decreasing both capital and operational expense.