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OnApp announces the next phase in the growth of the OnApp Federation, by opening it up for any company to create CDN services on top of its global network of clouds

London, UK: OnApp has announced that it will make its federated CDN open to companies everywhere, by releasing 'instant CDN' software that allows anyone to launch a complete global CDN service in a matter of days.

 

The software is an open source version of the tools used to build CDN.net. It includes a ready-to-run customer portal, configuration and reporting tools and billing functionality. This gives service providers an instant storefront for CDN services, and instant access to OnApp's cloud federation.

The software will be available as part of a new OnApp CDN package which will be offered for a simple monthly fee tied to usage, with no lock-in to a long-term contract and no minimum bandwidth commitments. It will also be available to existing OnApp CDN customers. With the combination of OnApp's cloud federation, a ready-to-run CDN storefront and attractive commercial terms, all companies will have the building blocks to launch their own global CDN services, with minimal investment.

"This is huge news for anyone reselling legacy CDNs from vendors like Akamai, Level 3 and Limelight," said Stuart Simms, Managing Director of OnApp Federation. "The OnApp federation is a diverse community of service providers, and now there's an easy way to tap into that rich resource, and create unique CDN services based on whatever attributes are important to you and your customers - location, speed, quality and more. You can build CDNs across a handful of locations, or across the world; offer more attractive pricing for end users; and still get more margin than you would from legacy vendors, who have to recoup the cost of the entire network."

Until now, OnApp's federation of clouds has only been available to companies running the OnApp Cloud platform. Today's announcement marks the next phase in the growth of the OnApp federation, by opening up it up for any company to sell services on top of this cloud federation.

This has already created a new kind of Virtual Service Provider - like CDN.net - that can use the federation to launch new services, with global reach, without investing in their own network. The new open source 'instant CDN' package paves the way for other federated cloud services from OnApp, including federated compute and storage. OnApp will announce the first of these later in 2013.

"Opening up the federation is the next phase in its growth," said Stuart Simms. "It's great news for our customers, because it'll drive more traffic for the companies supplying the federation. It's great news for other service providers, who can take advantage of our CDN service alongside their existing services. We'll see other companies using the network too - technology companies who have struggled with the capital expense of building their own network, who can now focus on innovation. We've created a launch pad and channel for business applications, games, social media apps, app stores and all kinds of innovative new services that need global performance and reach, out of the box."

OnApp's open source CDN software will be included in a new CDN Provider package, which enables companies to build CDN services without having an OnApp Cloud installation. Pricing and further details will be announced shortly. It will also be freely available to existing OnApp Cloud and OnApp CDN customers, giving them the option to use the new front end for their CDN service, instead of building their own - accelerating time-to-market and time-to-revenue, and further reducing their costs and improving margins.

OnApp has deployed more than 2,000 clouds in 68 countries, for almost 600 service providers, the company announced this week.