There's tons of news today from the content distribution networks (CDNs). Here's a roundup and some links:
- Move Networks has raised $46 million in a Series C round of funding, with investors including Benchmark Capital, Cisco, Comcast Interactive Media, Televisa and previous investors Steamboat Ventures and Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Move has now raised $67.9 million, according to Dan Rayburn, who says a figure of $91 million cited by TechCrunch.
- CDNetworks announced that its Advanced Data Center solutions will now be available in the US and Europe as well as the Asia, its original market focus. CDNetworks ADS provides a suite of services ranging from data center space to a fully-outsourced managed data center. "CDNetworks has eight years of experience in providing Advanced Data Center solutions in Asia and has leveraged this know-how to provide a full range of solutions in the US and Europe," said Simon Lee, CEO of CDNetworks US. "We add to the benefits we provide as a CDN with in-region infrastructure, including local service and support, without the high cost of deploying private data centers." The company has U.S. nodes in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, San Jose and Seattle.
- BitGravity launched BG Secure, a suite of products to help Internet media companies protect copyrighted content from piracy. BitGravity's new tools are designed to defeat ripper technologies either tap into the stream and simply divert it or pull content from the cache. BG Secure includes StreamGuard, which prevents flash-based streams from being saved and retrieved from a user's hard drive, and CacheControl, which eliminates content on the client and prevents easy copying of files stored in cache. The suite leverages BitGravity's patent-pending Dynamic Security Protocol (DSP), which randomizes the downloading content into "puzzle pieces" that are not re-assembled until they reach the media player.
- Akamai (AKAM) is denying published reports that its web acceleration outage "was down for a significant amount of time in Q1." The company told the Business of Video that web app network was not down at any time in the first quarter. Eric Savitz at Tech Trader Daily cited comments by a Jeffries & Co. analyst that Akamai's system, had experienced downtime.
- Limelight Networks (LLNW) announced the immediate availability of Adobe Flash Media Server 3, and rolled out a new premium version of its customer-facing portal, LimelightEXCHANGE (formerly named Limelight User Exchange or "LUX"). The new LimelightEXCHANGE Premium will offer customers enhanced analytical tools through a streamlined user interface. Limelight also introduced a new web site, branding and logo. The announcements were timed to the start of the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas.