How is the Biggest Video-On-Demand Streaming company running seamlessly?
In 1998, about a year after Netflix’s founding, the company grew by starting in the DVD by mail business. In 2007, Netflix expanded its business with the introduction of streaming media, while retaining the DVD and Blu-ray rental service. The company expanded internationally, with streaming made available to Canada in 2010 and continued growing its streaming service from there; by January 2016, Netflix services operated in over 190 countries. Netflix entered the content-production industry in 2013, debuting its first series, House of Cards. It has greatly expanded the production of both film and television series since then, offering “Netflix Original” content through its online library of films and television. Netflix released an estimated 126 original series or films in 2016, more than any other network or cable channel.
Netflix following an effective model of Cloud Streaming that results in secure and seamless streaming of content to users.
Around the world, people are enjoying nearly a billion hours per month of movies and TV shows from Netflix. They’ve been delivering these petabytes of data exclusively through commercial content delivery networks.
Now, in addition to these general-purpose commercial CDNs, they are enabling ISPs to get Netflix video data from Open Connect, a single-purpose Netflix content delivery network they’ve established. The world’s other major Internet video provider, YouTube, has long had its own content delivery network. Given their size and growth, it now makes economic sense for Netflix to have one as well. They’ll continue to work with their commercial CDN partners for the next few years, but eventually, most of their data will be served by Open Connect.
Like commercial CDNs, Open Connect will provide the Netflix data at no cost to the locations the ISP desires, or ISPs can choose to get the Netflix data at common internet exchanges. About 5% of Netflix data is already being served by Open Connect. Interested ISPs can find full details at openconnect.netflix.com.
As part of Open Connect, they are also sharing their hardware design and the open source software components of the server. These cost-efficient designs are suitable for any high-volume provider of large media files. They welcome commentary and improvements, which will be shared with the community with the goal of a faster, less expensive Internet for all.
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