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Re: Content Delivery Networks, Amazon S3, etc.

 On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 02:09:04PM -0400, Eugene Gorelik wrote: 
> I am helping a startup company to build and maintain their IT infrastructure. 
> The core business of this company is to provide customers with 
> opportunity to build online multimedia albums with lots of photo and 
> videos. 

Do they derive money from the content that they ship, or is it 

If they make money from content, then they need to figure 
out a model that makes delivery costs a reasonable percentage of 
the income derived from the same delivery. 

If they make content from something else, then they need to find 
a model that minimizes the cost of delivery, period. 

> 1. Build 2 additional hosting locations: one in West coast and one in 
> London and serve content based on customer's geolocation 

Doable, especially if all your customers are in the US and 
Western Europe. 

> 2. Use Content delivery network, like Akamai 
> 3. Use outsourced storage ( Amazon S3 ) for pictures, videos and other 
> large files. Amazon S3 also distributing content across multiple 
> datacenters providing 
>      decent response time from any geolocation 

These two are essentially the same option, just from two 
different services. If you have simple computational needs, you 
can add Akamai Edge-side includes, or whatever they call it this 
year. If you have complex computational needs, you can add 
Amazon ECC machines. 

> I really like the idea of using Amazon S3, but this service is not 
> really cost effective if you have a lot of traffic  (>10 TB/month) 
> Akamai CDN is not cheap either. 

Neither is intended to be cheap; they are intended to be 
cost-effective if you are already in the situation where you are 
considering managing multiple large content farms in global 

-dsr- (used to work for AKAM) 

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