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Global Data Link has been offering professional content delivery service since 2001. Our customer base includes Government, Education, Churches, Radio Stations, and Public & Private Corporations.
Global Data Link has partnered with EdgeCast, the world’s most advanced Content Delivery Network (CDN) to enhance our streaming services. This combines EdgeCast’s extensive, ultra-high bandwidth, state-or-the-art global footprint with Global Data Link’s professional experience, knowledge, infrastructure, and customer base. This partnership allows us to distribute very high bandwidth at very low rates. Customers can also utilize EdgeCast’s advanced control center and reporting tools at no additional cost.
Whether you are streaming to a single client a week or 100,000 clients simultaneously, our service will effectively deliver a clean, crisp stream to each user, no matter where they are in the world. This is done by utilizing leading-edge technology that determines the closest data center to each client. Each uploaded stream or file is loaded into the RAM of the servers in each data center where it is available to the clients accessing that data center. By initially loading the file into the RAM in the servers, the stream is distributed 100-200 times faster and more efficiently than other CDN’s that use disk-based storage & streams.
Our Streaming Services include Live Events (Flash & Windows Media), Archived Events (Flash & Windows Media), HTTP Progressive Downloading, Automatic Archival, Music Distribution, & Website Acceleration. We offer the ability to have multiple live streams and archive folders so you can separate your data & streams as you see fit, all using out of the same plan.
If you’ve been looking to cut costs, offer higher-quality/higher-bandwidth streams, reduce stream buffering, or are just getting started with audio or video streaming, Global Data Link’s Streaming Services are for you!
Utilize a world-class competitively priced by leveraging our partnership and buying power
We’ve partnered with EdgeCast, one of the world’s largest CDN’s. EdgeCast hosts a world-class content delivery platform providing end customers the cost benefits and flexibility of controlling their own content delivery network.
EdgeCast facilities leverage bandwidth from the top international IP transit carriers and reach the greatest population of Internet end users in every global market. Services include proprietary global load-balancing technology, connecting each streaming location to your end users around the world.
Our relationship with EdgeCast allows us to offer very high bandwidth at very low costs. Partnering with EdgeCast, we offer you cutting-edge storage and edge caching infrastructure across which your applications and content have guaranteed performance and delivery. And best of all, it gives you instant scalability with no capital costs. You don’t need to make a build-or-buy decision; just choose your starting point and move up or down our service spectrum as your stage of growth requires.
Effectively stream live & archived Flash & Windows Media to any number of clients for a set price
Most CDN’s will request that you notify them in advance if you expect a larger than average traffic hit. Utilizing our CDN, you have access to multiple gigabytes per second 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is plenty of overhead and the network easily sustain large bursts in traffic. Many CDN’s also do not allow live Flash® or price their live streaming higher than their archived content. When you stream through us, you can stream live or archived content at the same price, anytime.
Through EdgeCast, we have access to strategic global locations from which to store and serve our clients' content. EdgeCast maintains content caching points of presence (POPs) in San Jose, Los Angeles, Ashburn VA, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney. All POPs are located in tier one data centers strategically located near primary Internet Exchange Points. This places key servers at the center of global network peering and traffic exchange, and puts your end users just milliseconds away from your content
EdgeDirector Global Load-Balancing Platform
EdgeDirector is a patent-pending routing protocol and global load balancing technology for serving content requests from the location closest to the end user. Traditional content delivery networks use DNS routing methods that require multiple levels of DNS triangulation before the content can be served. EdgeDirector combines the robustness and instant response of one of the fastest DNS infrastructures in the world with proprietary routing protocols to ensure that client content is immediately delivered to the user directly from the POP fastest for them, regardless of the user's global location.
Real-time Reporting and Near Real-time Analytics
Our general analytics are calculated every hour with live reporting every 5 seconds, ensuring our customers have access to timely performance data. Our tools provide complete reporting flexibility, with access to new reports how and when you need them. Reporting and analytics should enable you to lower costs, analyze trends, predict usage patterns, and help you improve the performance of your content delivery. We believe that since it is your content and your bandwidth, you should have every monitoring, tracking and analysis tool possible to monitor the services we provide.
It’s not enough to just provide an excellent content delivery service; we must also be dedicated to developing new technology that improves your bottom line. Another example of our leadership in this regard is our bandwidth throttling technology. In this age of short attention spans, quick site exits, and channel surfing, you don’t want to pay for the full download of a one-hour video if the user only watches the first five seconds. Our technology is able to ensure a quality end user experience while mitigating the cost of abandoned downloads and streams.
Progressive Download: Balancing Quality With Flexibility
Our progressive download technology allows users random access to videos they are downloading (fast forwarding and rewinding throughout the file) before the files are fully downloaded without the licensing costs and technological burden associated with streaming.
Token based authentication makes it simple and seamless to provide a high level of security that is layered on top of your mission-critical content. We provide the necessary security tools to enable you to restrict access to content by any combination of geo-location for country blocking, by URL time to live, and by individual IP address - ideal for country-specific content, prevention of hot-linking to content, or ecommerce download/viewing of content for specific users.
Our storage is located in state-of-the-art POPs on massive storage arrays, with a direct connection to the EdgeCast’s media servers. When a customer or viewer requests a file, the entire file is pulled into the RAM of the edge servers. This enables the file to be streamed 100-200 times more efficiently than from disk-based storage.
Flexible Origin Server Options
The Global Data Link/EdgeCast infrastructure provides clients with the flexibility to physically store content with Global Data Link, or store content locally on their own hardware. If clients choose to store their content with us, they can easily upload their content directly to our storage POPs where the content is available to be picked up and brought directly to the edge by the caching servers upon demand. Optionally, clients can maintain their content on their own origin server, and the EdgeCast caching servers will access that client storage location, cache the content, and serve it directly to end users from the EdgeCast POPs around the globe.
Focus on Digital Media
The EdgeCast CDN specializes in content delivery services for digital media. Many legacy content delivery networks are not designed to support the delivery of extremely large streaming and downloadable media files; rather, they were tailored to support much smaller static files such as images, HTML, and banner ads. While the EdgeCast network excels in handling these smaller files, it has been specifically optimized for streaming Adobe Flash and Windows Media and for large file delivery via progressive download. The network is highly scalable to support massive and unexpected digital media audiences and flash crowds.