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SoftLayer launches content delivery network

Softlayer, a web hosting and datacenter services provider, today announced the expansion of its portfolio of on-demand data center services by launching CDNLayer, a content delivery network.

The company explains that CDNLayer optimises the delivery of web content so that it arrives to end-users with increased speed and reliability. CDNLayer uses a network of multiple, geographically diverse server nodes running advanced software that organizes, stores, and streams online content.

Rather than serving content directly from the host server to the end-user, CDNLayer moves content from the host server to a node that is geographically closer to the end-user. This minimises the distance the data has to travel, avoiding network traffic jams, and decreasing latency. CDNLayer includes tools for improved management, helping with content monetization, it adds.

"CDNLayer is one more way we provide enterprise-class services to customers of any size," said Nathan Day, Chief Technology Officer at SoftLayer.

"Consumer demand for online video and media-rich websites is exploding. Companies and individuals in every industry, from entertainment and gaming to social networking and e-commerce, will benefit from using CDNLayer to optimize their content management and delivery."

"The Internet originally was not designed to deliver content that requires large transfer rates, leading to poor performance, interruptions, and failed downloads," said Nathan Day, Chief Technology Officer at SoftLayer.

"CDNLayer changes that. Content is delivered faster and more reliably, creating an improved user experience—leading end-users to spend more time on a site and use its services."

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