Internap’s CDN performance, reliability and advanced tools deliver online courses with optimal video quality
ATLANTA, June 23, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), today announced that Carleton University, a 24,000-student research and teaching institution in Ottawa, Canada, has selected Internap’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) to deliver online video courses to students worldwide. The Internap CDN provides high-performance, reliable online video and global reach to ensure an optimal online educational experience.
Carleton University is a pioneer in multimedia-based education, having launched Carleton University Television (CUTV) in 1978, the university’s initiative to provide alternative and flexible access to credit courses. Over the last 30 years, Carleton has expanded its distance learning course offerings and increased the number of ways in which students can take courses. In 2006, it was recognized as the first university to offer a university course as a video podcast. Today, Carleton courses are available on a local cable television channel, DVDs, and most importantly Internet video-on-demand and streaming media. More than 80,000 students have taken classes using CUTV.
As Carleton expanded its CUTV offering, providing an optimal video experience with no degradation issues became a top priority. Additionally, the university anticipated a significant increase in video traffic as it moved to an Adobe® Flash® V-based video system. With these considerations in mind, Carleton evaluated CDN vendors to increase the capacity and performance of its CUTV video network. The university selected Internap based on its proven network reliability, global reach and advanced tools for authentication and metrics.
“Internap’s CDN has the scale to handle our peak times effectively – which is critical to students – and its reliability has significantly reduced the time that we spend on troubleshooting and support,” said Jeff Cohen, manager of CUTV technical operations at Carleton University. “The advanced analytics give us the tools we need to provide our professors with key metrics for our online courses, such as the amount of time spent viewing each course and the most viewed sections of a video, which is important to help us design and plan future courses.”
Network quality is a key requirement for organizations when selecting a CDN provider. Internap helps organizations solve this challenge with the industry’s only performance-optimized CDN, based on its patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO) technology. MIRO continuously analyzes network performance characteristics – such as available bandwidth, delays and packet loss – to ensure that video traffic is delivered over the best Internet path 100 percent of the time. Internap’s Media Console® provides comprehensive CDN reporting and analytics, including detailed statistics on audience viewing habits across a wide range of criteria.
“For distance learning to work effectively, the online course needs to be seamlessly delivered without jitter or delay – anything less will disrupt the learning process,” said Peter Evans, senior vice president of marketing at Internap. “Carleton University is a true leader in video-based and distance learning, and Internap’s CDN allows Carleton to focus on expanding its innovative online programs with a reliable, high-performance system.”
About Carleton University
Located in Ottawa, Canada, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide more than 24,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study, including public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology, and international studies. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts. As an innovative institution Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.
Internap is a leading Internet products and services company that provides The Ultimate Online Experience® by managing, delivering and distributing applications and content with a 100% uptime reliability service level agreement. With a worldwide platform of data centers, managed Internet services and CDN, Internap frees its customers to innovate, improve service levels and lower the cost of IT operations. Thousands of companies across the globe trust Internap to help them achieve their Internet business goals. For more information, visit internap.josh.ux.voxel.net.
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