Sky Italia speeds content with Akamai and Aspera

Akamai Technologies, a provider of cloud services, has announced that Sky Italia has improved and simplified its workflow with Akamai’s Media Delivery solutions. With the combination of the high-speed file transfer solutions from Aspera, an IBM company, and Akamai’s NetStorage cloud-based storage platform, Sky has realised an increase in file upload speed by up to 650 per cent.

Since their launch in 2012, Sky Go and Sky on Demand have quickly come to be among the most popular video content services in Italy with over three million combined active users. To cope with this demand and an increasing amount of content offered via mobile devices, Sky needed to improve the upload speed of titles onto its storage systems in order to grow the breadth and quality of its content offerings. This required the right partner to help Sky improve their offering without additional infrastructure investments.

“With a 2500-movie library, almost five million subscribers to our satellite channels and more than two million weekly downloads, it is important that we are able to offer new content in the fastest and most effective way without affecting quality,” explained Vincenzo Roggio, Distribution Platform Design & Development Engineer, Sky Italia. “Since we added Akamai’s new Aspera high speed file upload service to our NetStorage platform, we have dramatically increased upload speed, resulting in an optimised content management workflow.”

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