Akamai Technologies, a provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications, today announced that Sky Italia has selected Akamai’s Aura Managed Content Delivery Network (MCDN) solution for its online content including live and on-demand video. With the Aura MCDN, which provides Sky with dedicated CDN capabilities that are maintained by Akamai, Sky can flexibly scale to support its capacity needs of 100’s Gbps and beyond. The new content delivery architecture has allowed Sky to also improve download speed by 25 per cent and reduce bandwidth cost by 10 per cent.
With the biggest OTT video audience in Italy, Sky Go (2.35 million users) and Sky on Demand (1.4million) are included with Sky’s subscription services. Because of the growing importance of its online channel, Sky adopted an architecture based on multiple CDNs to obtain maximum control over its delivery capabilities at all times, even during high on-line traffic peaks, such as major sports events.
“To feed demand and address the reality of rapidly growing online traffic, media companies are finding that a CDN solution is no longer an option but a requirement to remain competitive,” said Doug Tilford, senior vice president & general manager, EMEA, Akamai. “Thanks to Aura Managed CDN, Sky Italia is now able to deploy a highly scalable, turnkey media CDN that leverages the same CDN techniques used by Akamai, but on servers that are dedicated to Sky Italia’s services.”