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Pacnet builds its own CDN with OnApp

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Self-owned and managed CDN reduces operating costs, improves asset utilization, and uses federation flexibility to expand into different markets

London, 29th September 2014 – OnApp has announced the deployment of a major new Content Delivery Network (CDN) platform at Pacnet, a leading provider of integrated technology solutions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Pacnet chose OnApp CDN to create a self-owned and self-managed CDN platform across its own substantial datacenter and subsea infrastructure. Pacnet has extended this via the OnApp Federation, OnApp’s global network of service providers offering CDN through a wholesale service provider-to-service provider marketplace. Using OnApp to create its own CDN enables Pacnet to capitalize on its investment in cross-continent infrastructure, deliver significant improvements in flexibility, and reduce operating costs.

With OnApp CDN, Pacnet has created a network of Points of Presence (PoPs) in its own datacenters, spanning eight countries in the Asia-Pacific region. These are supported by additional Asia-Pacific locations from the OnApp Federation, and 10 high quality managed Federation PoPs in the U.S. and Europe. This network of self-owned and managed CDN locations can also be extended on demand with any of the 200+ locations available on the public OnApp Federation. Pacnet’s retail and reseller CDN lines of business now run on OnApp CDN.

Jon Vestal, VP Product Architecture at Pacnet, said: “Traditionally there have only been two ways for carriers to do CDN: roll your own, or license a third party network. With OnApp we’ve found a third way, where we can deploy PoPs in our own infrastructure and use the OnApp Federation to extend them however we see fit. It’s great working with OnApp – we love the people, the culture and the technology. Together we’ve developed a CDN platform that works for our business, for our partners, and for our customers, who can target their content at very specific geographies. This is really where all carriers need to be headed.”

“Pacnet’s CDN deployment really shows the power of the Federation lies in its diverse commercial application as well as its geographic scale,” said Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp. “OnApp CDN gives you the software tools to deploy your own PoPs, set up zones and pricing and manage your content, as you’d expect, but when you add the Federation you suddenly open up all kinds of new opportunities. We talk more and more to companies looking to move away from legacy, licensed CDN to a more competitive owner/manager model. The OnApp Federation makes that easy: you can make best use of your own investments, and use whatever mix of Federation locations you need to amplify, or add new flavors to, or create new channels within your core infrastructure.”

Pacnet’s CDN takes advantage of new reseller and routing functionality within the OnApp CDN platform. OnApp CDN helps carriers route CDN traffic intelligently, based on definable rules, which supports integration of peering partner infrastructure with their core CDN. OnApp’s new reseller functionality makes it easy for Pacnet to offer reseller-specific access to some or all of their CDN infrastructure – including their own, and federated resources – from within private, custom CDN control panels.

The OnApp Federation also provides a channel for Pacnet to explore business opportunities. By publishing its own locations to the OnApp Federation marketplace other providers can buy capacity from Pacnet, on demand, creating an additional revenue stream for the carrier.

Pacnet’s CDN deployment was completed in less than two months. After an extensive proof of concept Pacnet started migrating customers to its new CDN, and is now live on the OnApp CDN platform.

About Pacnet
Pacnet is Asia-Pacific’s leading provider of managed data connectivity solutions to major telecommunications carriers, large multinational enterprises and government entities.  Ownership of the region’s most extensive high-capacity submarine cable systems with over 46,000 km of fiber and connectivity to interconnected data centers across 14 cities in the Asia-Pacific region gives Pacnet unparalleled reach to major business centers in key markets including China, India, Japan and the United States.

Combined with a comprehensive set of managed network and value-added data center services, its assets and experience in the region help Pacnet service large businesses worldwide including Fortune 500 companies.  Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in the Asia-Pacific region and North America.  For more information, please visit: www.pacnet.com.

About OnApp
OnApp software enables hosts, telcos and other service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products, from bare-bones virtual servers to fully-automated cloud, dedicated servers, CDN, storage and more. The OnApp platform also gives service providers on-demand access to the OnApp Federation, a global network of cloud providers in 170+ locations, across 43 countries, connected to a real-time wholesale marketplace where they can buy and sell compute and CDN capacity. OnApp launched in July 2010. Today more than 3,000 service providers in 87 countries run on OnApp software. OnApp has 140 staff across the EU, U.S. and Asia-Pacific and is headquartered in London, UK. For more information visit https://onapp.com.