Sunday, September 7, 2008

Tata Comm. Launches Global CDN Powered By BitGravity

Tata Communications announced the worldwide launch of a content delivery network (CDN) service powered by BitGravity. Tata Communications, which has more than 300 points of presence worldwide, is now offering the CDN service over its global IP network throughout Europe, Asia, North America and India. Tata Communications' next-generation CDN service aims to provide immediate access to content, including High-Definition Video, without delay or jitter, and the highest levels of throughput for end users. Its feature list includes fast forwarding, cache clearing, resolution switching and rate throttling from within a Flash player.

BitGravity, a start-up based in Burlingame, California, has developed a new generation of content delivery technology that aims to eliminate routing and processing overhead -- an improvement that it claims can lead to 4-20X improvements in application responsiveness. Its network is based on 10 Gbps, which allows it to increase packet sizes and data per stream and removes throughput bottlenecks. the company combines open protocols with its own proprietary protocols.

Tata Communications, which announced a strategic partnership with BitGravity in March, 2008, has also invested $11.5 million in convertible debt in BitGravity, validating the company's content delivery platform as a key benefit in Tata Communications' value-added services offering. In turn, BitGravity has named Tata Communications' Chief Technology Officer, John Hayduk to its Board of Directors. Tata Communications' financial backing of BitGravity confirms Tata Communications' commitment to develop and offer innovative technology solutions to its global customers.

"The launch of Tata Communications' CDN service is a major milestone in our strategic roadmap to offer unparalleled managed services globally. We chose to work with BitGravity because it has the best architecture and technology to deliver high quality content and video," said Vinod Kumar, Chief Operating Officer, Tata Communications. "Together, Tata Communications and BitGravity's capabilities are a formidable force to deliver high quality content and video."

"Global reach will be table stakes for content delivery and we are excited to receive funding and support from a strong strategic investor like Tata Communications that will enable us to effectively integrate our CDN architecture with their worldwide backbone and provide an unmatched user experience. Tata Communications' extensive relationships within and outside of the communications industry will accelerate the deployment and penetration of our innovative platform," said Perry Wu, CEO and co-founder of BitGravity.http://www.bitgravity.com