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2020 Press Releases

October 26, 2020

Varnish Software Integrates with Intel and VMware to Bring New Virtual CDN Solution

Varnish Software has partnered with Intel and VMWare to integrate its technology into a new virtualised content delivery network (vCDN) solution, VMWare Telco Cloud. The new, scalable and Capex friendly solution is a vCDN optimised for live media streaming and gaming, and offers more than 190Gbps network capacity on edge nodes.

The joint solution is aimed at telecoms service providers who want to build their own CDNs. This new approach has several advantages over traditional CDNs because they own the networks over which content like streaming video traffic is transmitted.

With exponential growth in content consumption, CDN providers are increasingly being challenged to deliver more content in higher resolution and with a better user experience, while also reducing their costs. Instead of building capacity for peak demand, a more cost-effective, agile approach is to use cloud-native and virtualisation technologies to optimise infrastructure and assign resources as needed.

The vCDN leverages the benefits of Varnish’s Edge Cloud solution, with Varnish edge caching nodes offering high throughput as well as TLS termination at high speeds. Varnish also enables storage of 100TB+ at the edge, meaning huge content libraries can be located much closer to users. VMware vSphere and NSX and 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, the solution is proven to deliver ~200 Gbps video content with high quality of experience from a single server in a virtualised environment with the combination of Varnish Edge Cloud.

Lars Larsson, CEO, Varnish Software said: “This jointly engineered solution delivers a scalable CDN with higher performance, superior quality, lower costs, and more importantly the agility and manageability required to grow and operate in a fast-paced competitive market. Operators need to continue meeting the high expectations of consumers as content services become an even larger and more important revenue stream for them. In order to do that they need to rethink their network architectures, moving storage and caching to the outermost edge of the network.

“Varnish’s expertise in this area and industry-leading high performance digital content distribution technology is integral to solving this challenge, and so we’re delighted to partner with Intel and VMware to help more customers future proof their networks,” Larsson added.

Combining Intel, Varnish and VMware technology allows service providers to:

  • Decouple software from hardware to enable service agility and economies of scale.

  • Optimise hardware utilisation by sharing hardware across different functions and scaling with demand.

  • Manage costs by decreasing OPEX with virtualised infrastructure and decreasing CAPEX on hardware that sits idle.

  • Scale elastically to handle dynamic, high volume demand.

  • Optimise for high throughput, low latency, smooth media delivery.