Offering comes as demand for streaming video continues to soar
Limelight Networks is looking to ease the pressure on content network providers to develop efficient delivery, security, and innovation at a time when demand for streaming video – from virtual conferences to live entertainment – continues to grow.
The Lowdown: The company, which offers services around content delivery, video, cloud security, and edge computing, is rolling out Developer Central, a resource center that gives developers a single place to access Limelight’s services.
The Details: Among the features of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company’s new offering:
> OpenAPI Documentation: The resource center delivers consistency and access to endpoint links and syntax examples.
> API Explorer: The interactive tool offers tutorials, sample code, and the ability to try Limelight APIs in a real-time test environment before going into production.
> Software Development Kits: The SDKs deliver prepackaged code to monitor, configure, and manage Limelight services, such as authentication steps, that developers can use in their work.
> Q&A Community Forum: Developers can share ideas and technology with peers and get answers to their questions from experts.
The Impact: The COVID-19 pandemic has sent demand for streaming content soaring, as most employees were sent home to work and people were urged to stay home in compliance with lockdown measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That, in turn, put pressure on content and network providers to ensure that streaming data and video are delivered smoothly.
Background: Limelight, which was founded in 2001, offers a private global network that delivers more than 80 Tb/s egress capacity and 100GbE private fiber backbone connected to more than 1,000 ISP and last-mile networks. The company also has its own software stack to drive performance over any connection type, software services that can be integrated into customer or channel partner workflows, and delivery of sub-second real-time live video streaming.
The Buzz: “Limelight is relentlessly focused on customer delivery toward our strategic areas in 2020, including expanding capacity, expanding on proactive management of the network, placing more control in the hands of our customers, and driving innovation,” said Nigel Burmeister, vice president of product at Limelight. “Limelight Developer Central … addresses the need for rapid prototyping, testing, and deployment in today’s changing business environment. Our customers now have the tools to manage and monitor Limelight services while also improving quality and reducing development time.”
“With the range of new tools and resources in Limelight Developer Central, it’s easier than ever to configure, manage, and monitor your streaming video and other Content Delivery Network workflows,” said Eveline Carr, Limelight’s developer community manager. “Limelight also offers a range of edge compute options, both CDN-integrated and general-purpose, letting you run your own code in locations around the world. It’s all part of our expanded commitment to developer empowerment.”