As the leaders in communications infrastructure, we are developing a content distribution network for content specific to the Italian market, and to the needs of the users and content providers within it.
A neutral carrier with the greatest number of PoP in the country – compared to global CDNs who also operate in Italy – our CDN network will guarantee proximity to end-users and improved performance.
One main data centre will house the HW/SW systems for content reception activities (ingestion), integration with third-party systems (encryption platforms, web portals for content publication, origin servers, apps for end devices) and for the real-time configuration and monitoring of CDNs and live services/VoD streaming (management systems).
On the outskirts of these networks, our peripheral sites (Edge Data Centre) are connected to our main Data Centre through an owned IP and fibre optic network. These will host cache servers for the regional distribution of content to end-users.
This interconnection with ISP (Internet Service Provider) networks through peering or internet transit connections will allow content to be delivered to the end-users present within the networks of operators. With the application of Firewall/Security Gateway, AAA, Log/Siem and SOC (Security Operations Centre) monitoring systems, we guarantee the security of the CDN in terms of IT threats.
Quality of experience
Through the interconnection of Rai Way’s CDN with ISP networks and the widespread distribution of caches in Rai Way’s peripheral sites, we guarantee a heightened Quality of Experience (QoE) to users, independent from the ISP network they’re connected to (neutral carrier).
A ‘Global’ CDN
The proximity of our CDN cache servers to end-users, and the adoption of increasingly innovative streaming technology, will allow us to reduce latency and more efficiently support video services with an elevated bit rate (e.g., HD, 4K) when compared to the “Global CDN” present in many countries. These networks boast a large number of total servers, but with fewer large-scale PoP across Italy.
Internet Traffic Optimisation
The widespread nature of our CDN will contribute to the decongestion of the backbone ISP networks, whilst controlling and optimising traffic entering into the networks of operators. Content Providers will also benefit from this, who usually, at peak traffic times – which are recorded during the evening hours or during live, high-interest events – see the quality of their video streaming begin to diminish (freezing, rebuffering, pixelation, etc.)
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