one ECDN, multiple content delivery solutions
Bundle the video and software delivery solutions to securely scale the delivery of all your content.
What Is an ECDN
An enterprise content delivery network (ECDN) is software or hardware that optimizes the delivery of bandwidth-intensive content such as video or software. Corporate networks have relatively low bandwidth compared to the number of end-devices connected to that network. When many users attempt to access the same bandwidth-intensive content at once (e.g., All Hands Meetings, Town Halls, CEO addresses, trainings) corporate networks struggle to meet the demand, potentially causing business critical applications to fail, buffering, and network collapse.
ECDNs solve content delivery bottlenecks and save bandwidth by intelligently managing how content is distributed to devices on your network.
ECDN vs. CDN
CDNs are made up of a series of geographically distributed servers designed to deliver content to users more quickly based on their location. ECDNs operate under a similar premise, rapidly delivering content across local networks. So why use an ECDN? For one, CDNs suffer from two primary issues compared to ECDNs.
- Peak Demand - While CDNs can handle multiple requests at once, corporate networks making simultaneous requests cannot. ECDNs intelligently peer or cache this data locally, reducing the number of requests to the CDN and freeing up your network.
- Security - CDNs are typically shared by thousands of companies and users. ECDNs bring content distribution behind the firewall, allowing greater control over security protocols and the flow of content on your network.
Why use an ECDN
The proliferation of video to deliver essential messaging has made ECDNs a necessity for most businesses. Video streams consume a lot of bandwidth – high-quality, interactive streams consume even more. Without an ECDN, repeated high-bandwidth requests can overload your corporate firewall and slow your network. This severely reduces network capacity and hinders scalability, especially over limited bandwidth connections (e.g., WAN and Wi-Fi). In addition, simultaneous video streams can slow your network to the point that it affects critical business applications and the delivery of high-priority information.
Perhaps the most compelling reason to adopt an ECDN is to ensure your employees receive high-quality video without buffering. Video is affected by network latency and packet loss more than other forms of content. This can cause buffering issues, inconsistent viewing experiences, delayed or missed messaging, and lack of confidence in leadership.
An ECDN, like Kollective, can solve these problems. Continue below to learn about the different types of ECDNs and their specific use cases.
Different Types of ECDN's
Kollective’s Browser-Based Peering uses WebRTC technology to scale live video delivery via web browsers. It’s simple to setup, but incredibly powerful. There’s no need to install software, buy hardware, or invest in additional network infrastructure. Customers can be set up in minutes. Other benefits of Browser-Based Peering include:
- Live video and VOD support
- Easy setup
- Real-time event monitoring
- Trial our Browser-Based ECDN Free for 30 days
Kollective’s Agent-Based Peering is deployed to customer endpoints, running in the background to peer previously accessed content across your network. It supports live video streaming but excels at caching video on demand (VOD). Agented Peering also goes beyond video by supporting software and content delivery. The benefits of Agent-Based Peering include:
- Live video and VOD support with persistent caching
- Real-time event monitoring
- Optimized VOD Performance
- Software Delivery
- Legacy Browser Support
Kollective’s EdgeCache provides local caching of live and on-demand video. The EdgeCache pulls content from a CDN and stores it behind the firewall, reducing traffic and bringing video closer to the viewer. EdgeCache is deployed behind the firewall and is a highly secure content delivery method. The benefits of EdgeCache include:
- Backhauling traffic to remote locations
- Backhauling traffic to China (more flexible option to bypass the Great Firewall of China)