Verizon turbo-boosts CDNs, over-the-top video
The company’s Partner Port Program, launched a year ago, is delivering half a terabyte of data traffic per second over Verizon's network.
Verizon executives are touting progress in and updates to a year-old effort that allows “content aggregators” such as content delivery networks and other large Internet players to more directly access its global network – resulting in more than a half a terabyte of data hitting its network per second.
Announcing that onslaught of data across the Verizon network was Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning for Verizon, who noted that the addition of more partners to the program and the introduction of ever-greater amounts of video content is driving the traffic growth. “We’re seeing changes in traffic patterns and volume, mainly in the form of more rich content than ever before. A huge component of that is video,” including over-the-top video, Tarazi said.
Originally launched more than a year ago, Verizon’s Partner Port offers lower pricing for CDN and large content providers to gain direct access to Verizon’s network. The program lets those providers bypass traditional backbone peering processes to more directly reach Verizon customers or customers around the world via the Verizon global IP backbone. Under the program, CDNs and other content aggregators can deposit their content at regional “hotels” on the network.
Verizon touted the progress of that effort, including plans to add 100 Gb/s Ethernet-based on-ramps to the network as well as plans to grow connection points internationally, including in Europe and Asia.
Today, the Partner Port program offers 10 Gb/s access, optimized for Ethernet delivery, “a much more optimal approach for [the] large data centers and server farms,” that make up the content aggregators in the Partner Port program, Tarazi said. In addition to that direct Ethernet access, the program is increasingly supporting IPv6-based connections, another growing requirement for large-scale content and video providers, he said.
Verizon has also started to take advantage of those direct network connections itself, leveraging them as a key component, for instance, of its HBO Go service, which lets Verizon FiOS customers with an HBO subscription gain access to a special Web site with more than 600 hours of HBO programming. “We’re accelerating that content over the top using our own network, not another CDN,” Tarizi said
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