3Crowd Unveils CrowdCache CDN Application
3Crowd Technologies, the technology company defining the future of content delivery, today unveiled CrowdCache, an intelligent content delivery application that gives organizations greater control over how they deliver online content.
San Mateo, CA(10 May 2011)
3Crowd Technologies, the technology company defining the future of content delivery, today unveiled CrowdCache, an intelligent content delivery application that gives organizations greater control over how they deliver online content. CrowdCache will alter the legacy economics of content delivery networking by transferring bandwidth access to the content owner and away from a small cadre of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs).
Unlike traditional CDNs and other cloud-based services, CrowdCache is an elastic caching system that functions on top of virtually any type of hardware and operating system and is piloted through a simple web interface and API.
“For the past year we have been working aggressively to develop CrowdCache because we believe this technology will start a much needed disruption in an aging content delivery and streaming industry,” said Barrett Lyon, CEO and co-founder, 3Crowd Technologies. “Our goal has always been to democratize content by modernizing its delivery. With the introduction of CrowdCache, we are a step closer to realizing a content economy where bandwidth is less restrictive, more scalable, and delivered more affordably. Networks that never cached and delivered content before will be unlocked.”
The CrowdCache application removes the engineering complexity and operational overhead created by content delivery networks and allows users to quickly build and run an infrastructure to their exact specifications and needs. Built on the founding principles of utility computing, CrowdCache allows users to scale the delivery infrastructure, as necessary, without the steep learning curve of running a large scale, complex infrastructure.
“Content is a prevalent, if not central component of many of our customers’ offerings,” said Gerard Hiner of Webair, a leader in managed hosting solutions that offers a variety of Web hosting services including Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers and CDN services. “CrowdCache is giving Webair and our customers significantly greater control over this content and essentially allowing us to provide our customers with more elastic content delivery services.”
CrowdCache is controlled and operated by CrowdDirector, the management console that also acts as a globally distributed content load balancer for all 3Crowd products. CrowdDirector combines high performance analytics and best-in-class traffic control options to power an unlimited number of CrowdCache applications in one control plane.
The 3Crowd System – CrowdCache and CrowdDirector – comes in two varieties: “Carrier” and “Content.” The carrier option is designed to enable a carrier to provide a full-powered CDN offering to their customers. The content option is designed to allow content creators to control their own caching network. Regardless of the variety, some current uses for the CrowdCache application include:
· Enhancing a current Content Deliver Network with additional delivery capacity
· Leveraging expandable cloud resources to better respond to traffic and audience surges
· Ensuring extra-resilience to an existing content serving platform at a moderate cost
· Building an individual corporate Content Delivery Network
· Building a personal Content Delivery Network
“When we were designing CrowdCache, we discarded any pre-conceived notions and legacy principles about CDNs and the technology ascribed to these networks,” continued Lyon. “We realized that by combining caching technology and cloud services we could harness computing power and control in a distributed management interface and put real tools in people’s pockets to make content delivery simple and efficient.”
About 3Crowd Technologies
3Crowd Technologies is a San Mateo, CA-based software services company developing the future of content delivery. The company’s products and services are changing the economics of content delivery by giving greater control over how content is shared and internal IT assets optimized. Today, 3Crowd’s services include CrowdCache and CrowdDirector. Both are easily deployed and configurable and provide a cost model for maximum efficiency. 3Crowd’s investors include Storm Ventures, Canaan Partners, and angel investors, Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson, founders of DIGG and Revision3.