By Jim Greene
CDN Mesh Delivery can be used for both live streaming and video-on-demand. All you need are viewers who are watching the same content at the same time, so it is particularly effective for large sporting events, series premieres, popular movies, and other streams with large numbers of simultaneous viewers.
This VOD platform [figure 1] delivers popular series and catch-up TV in several countries in Europe. Delivery to average audiences of more than 500,000 viewers and evening spikes of more than 1 million are common, and peer-to-peer technology helps scale infrastructure to growing audiences and improve distribution architecture by decentralizing data exchanges and allowing viewers to obtain content quickly from multiple sources.
Reliability is increased by reducing a platform’s dependence on traditional CDN architecture. If a server or CDN fails, users can continue to stream content supplied by other viewers. It also helps platforms scale. Where server infrastructures are weighed down by traffic peaks, a peer-to-peer system becomes more efficient. The more peers there are to share content, the more they can share among themselves. Platforms can use traffic spikes to their advantage, saving money and offering a better quality of service for end users.
CDN Mesh Delivery effectively shields viewers from the effects...