SoftLayer and Verizon Digital Media Services: Just One Checkbox and the World is Yours

Partnering with Softlayer to Configure Cloud Storage and CDNs

by Francis Potter, Director of Product for Portals and APIs, EdgeCast Networks

Ever since Amazon launched its S3 service in 2006, companies around the world have flocked to cloud storage solutions for their high availability, simplicity, and flexibility. Sometimes, storage of files and objects, accessed through an API, fits into a plan for an application or system. But other times, a company might want to share its stored content globally. If the audiences are big or performance is important, then distribution through a CDN becomes critical.

Seamless integration using Verizon Digital Media Services’ RESTful APIs

It might sound complicated to configure a CDN to interface with a cloud storage solution. But EdgeCast’s partner SoftLayer has solved the problem with our easy-to-use RESTful APIs.

SoftLayer’s object storage product hits its 2nd birthday next month. Marc Jones, SoftLayer Vice President of Product Innovation, says that CDN integration was a requirement from the very beginning. “We already had a relationship with EdgeCast and liked everything about the core CDN platform. We also needed automation around account creation and management, and EdgeCast already had that as well. We wanted integration with object storage to be as seamless as possible — without customers having to learn the ins and outs of both.”

One checkbox. That’s all it takes.

The SoftLayer team started with the popular OpenStack Swift platform, and augmented its API to make the CDN integration feel natural to the end user. “Everything in OpenStack is based in Python,” says Marc. “We wrote our own middleware that handled the CDN interactions, and made it possible for customers to CDN-enable any container in their storage with just one checkbox in our UI.”


Just one click away: CDN self-enablement in SoftLayer’s UI

Moving content closer to the end user

And the service is popular. “Based on what we’ve seen, a significant number of cloud storage users are using the CDN,” Marc states. “It’s many types of objects — a lot of images, but also video, documents, and Javascript and CSS for web sites.” The CDN ensures high performance delivery of every type of file, and moves the content close to end users around the world.

Marc says the Verizon API was easy to work with. “There weren’t many challenges,” he concludes. “The CDN integration was relatively straightforward.”

At Verizon, we put a lot of effort into making sure our APIs are fully featured, well documented, and highly performant. It’s always encouraging to hear about our Customers and Partners leveraging the APIs in creative and successful ways.

If you’re interested in connecting global delivery of content from cloud storage, contact SoftLayer about their solution.

To learn more about Verizon’s APIs, or about other ways that our CDN can interoperate with cloud storage, schedule a demo with one of our experts.

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