By Mike Flatin, Cofounder and SVP Operations
On September 30th DLVR marked its first full year of DLVR Action™ commercial service availability for HLS Video-on-Demand, consistently delivering 99.998% service availability. We achieved this high level of service through the unique approach to how we architected our video delivery optimization infrastructure, including:
- 100% availability of our geographically distributed, highly atomic, and highly redundant server and network infrastructure platform
- An infrastructure management layer that selects servers and network paths on a stream-by-stream basis, based on real-time stream performance measurements, instead of using legacy tools such as DNS-based server selection and BGP routing for path selection
- An application software layer designed to handle both the expected and the unexpected, engineered for high performance, deployed continuously, and optimized for video availability
CDNs still do the heavy lifting of video stream delivery, but as video streaming hits mainstream adoption delivery optimization services like DLVR play a critical role in each video request. Over the course of our first year of production services, we optimized the delivery of 4.3 billion individual video streams to users throughout the Americas and Europe. That’s 4.3 billion times that a user pushed “play,” DLVR was called into action, measuring and analyzing each of the 4.3 billion streams to detect, predict, and mitigate video streaming catastrophes, large and small.
We achieved many other milestones in 2017:
- Production support for HLS Live streaming, for Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and for MP4 progressive downloads
- Initial availability of support for MPEG-DASH, both video-on-demand and live streaming
- Production support for third-party, server-side ad insertion
- Launched our partnership with Piksel, one of the world’s premier online video platforms, to offer DLVR as part of their portfolio of video streaming services
Q4 will be a dynamic quarter as we onboard a record number of new customers as well as line up our product roadmap for 2018. If you’re a major video publisher we’d like to hear from you to provide input into our product and service planning so we can work together to create the best video experiences for viewers all around the world.