Amazon's Cloud Opens to Streaming Media
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Amazon keeps upping the ante for its cloud services, now adding streaming Flash-based media to its bevy of content-delivery network offerings. Datamation takes a look.
Amazon Web Services on Wednesday said it is now offering audio and video streaming media support from its CloudFront content delivery network, giving companies a fast and cheap way to share their multimedia content.
The addition of the streaming media support adds more functionality and appeal to AWS's portfolio as it continues to challenge established content delivery networks (CDNs) such as Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM), LimeLight (NASDAQ: LLNW) and CDNetworks.
Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) officials said multiple levels of redundancy have been built into CloudFront to ensure customers' streams are served reliably, quickly and that end users view the content in real-time as the bytes are delivered.
To stream content with CloudFront, users store the original copy of their media in the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and then enable those files for distribution in Amazon CloudFront with a simple command using the AWS Management Console or the Amazon CloudFront API.