Happy Multicast Monday! If you’ve been following my blogging journey, you know I’ve been taking a deep dive into AltitudeCDN™ Multicast+, but there’s more to the Ramp story. I recently introduced you to AltitudeCDN™ Altimeter, our web-based management system, and today, I thought I’d introduce you to Multicast+’s sibling.
In addition to offering a next-generation multicast solution, we also have an intelligent caching solution called AltitudeCDN™ OmniCache™. To put it simply, OmniCache brings your video closer to viewers to save bandwidth, reduce network congestion and improve viewer experience.
How does it work?
Whether you realize it or not, caching has been around for some time. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons you don’t get frustrated when visiting your favorite website. Caches are used to store data—like images and multimedia—so future requests for that data can be served faster and with minimal delay.
We’ve taken that same concept and enhanced it for video distribution behind the firewall. OmniCache is purpose-built to store large media in a way that minimizes latency—because let’s face it, latency is the enemy of a great video experience. Our software is installed on servers in strategic locations around your network, close to concentrations of viewers. When the first viewer requests the video, the cache retrieves it from your video source, whether it’s Microsoft, Brightcove or another platform, and stores a local copy at the cache. When another viewer in the same location requests the video, they receive it from the local cache—not the source origin.
Now fewer video streams are travelling across the corporate internet connection and WAN links, reserving precious bandwidth for mission-critical applications. With less distance to travel, employees also enjoy a high-quality, glitch-free experience with faster start times (making your CEO and your employees happy!).
Is OmniCache right for you?
Now that you understand the OmniCache basics, you might be wondering if it will help you up your business video game. As you start looking at eCDNs, consider the following benefits of OmniCache:
- Single solution for live and video on demand (VOD)
- No client software or plugin required
- Supports any device, including mobile devices
- Supports any video source and any player technology (a.k.a. vendor neutral)
- Deploys 100% behind the firewall
- End-to-end video encryption
- Self-discoverable and self-healing for exceptional resiliency
- Video pre-positioning to further optimize network performance
- Robust analytics
- Easy to manage and scale
But choosing the right enterprise content delivery network (eCDN) for your organization can feel overwhelming at first. Every approach is different, and every eCDN has pros and cons. For a quick overview, check out our eCDN comparison guide.
In the end, what eCDN you choose has to do with your network, how you’re using video as well as your organization’s unique needs—and we can help you explore your options. Contact us to learn more or request a demo.
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