Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Verizon's Content Delivery Carries Half Terabyte per Second

Verizon's content delivery service is now carrying up to half a terabyte of data per second over its IP backbone.

The company said much of the increased traffic attracted over the past year has been via its Partner Port Program, which provides faster connections and delivery of content when compared with traditional peering-based delivery systems.

The program, launched just over a year ago and offered in the U.S., is a concentrated effort to draw content onto the Verizon network via direct connections with content owners' servers at content delivery access points located around the country. The direct links allow content owners and aggregators to bypass the traditional "peering" delivery system that involves multiple connections, or "hops," over several networks and causes latency and quality issues for data delivery to end users.

The direct link between content servers and the Verizon global IP network means that Internet content directed to the homes of Verizon's and other ISPs' customers is quickly delivered, improving the performance quality of the delivery network and the customer experience.

"We have active plans to scale this infrastructure with a 100 gigabit Ethernet backbone in the very near future. We also are expanding these capabilities to the Verizon IP networks in Europe and Asia to provide a truly global offering for content delivery via the highly interconnected Verizon global IP network, and expect to make an announcement about an international opportunity soon," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning for Verizon.

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