Netflix customers have been streaming billions of hours per month of movies and TV shows every month. These petabytes of data has been streamed exclusively through commercial content delivery networks like Limelight and Akamai. Now Netflix will allow ISPs to get video data from Netflix Open Connect. Netflix’s Open Connect is a single-purpose content delivery network that they have established.
“We?ll continue to work with our commercial CDN partners for the next few years, but eventually most of our data will be served by Open Connect,” said Netflix. “Like commercial CDNs, Open Connect will provide the Netflix data at no cost to the locations the ISP desires, or ISPs can choose to get the Netflix data at common internet exchanges. About 5% of Netflix data is already being served by Open Connect.”
Netflix will be sharing their hardware design and will open source software components of the server.