While most major web sites use Content Delivery Networks such as Akamai, Limelight, CacheFly, or MirrorImage to delivery their experience, there is quite a bit of mystery, confusion, and misinformation about how they work, how they differ, and why they’re so key to performance. This discussion brings together a panel of several experts in the technology, both vendors and major users, to address some of the misconceptions.
Jacob Rosenberg is the Chief Architect for AOL’s Systems Operations organization, which is responsible for operating AOL’s products and services including the AOL Service, AIM, AOL Mail, the AOL.com Portal and other web properties. Previously, he has been involved with the operational design of products such as AOL.com, Netscape.com, AOL Search, Mapquest, and AOL Video. His primary areas of interest are massively scaled web technology and open Internet services, and the underlying operational infrastructure which enables global application delivery. Before AOL, Jacob worked for start-up companies in the Web and Telecommunications markets. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University in New York.
Mike Gordon is chief strategy officer for Limelight Networks, Inc. In this role he ensures that the company supports the emerging digital media strategies and business models of today’s media companies.
Keith Oslakovic is Senior Director of Service Performance at Akamai. His team is responsible for the end-to-end performance and availability of Akamai’s full suite of products. During Keith’s 9 years at Akamai, he’s led performance engineering initiatives on many different types of online content including, dynamic business-to-business portals, online retail sites, and next generation social networks. Keith holds Engineering degrees from Caltech and Northwestern University.
Laird is the co-chair of the P4P Working Group. As the Director of Digital Technology for Warner Music Group he was responsible for P2P and wireless technology, and as CTO of 3Path, Laird helped establish one of the first digital document delivery services online. Previously, Laird was the CTO at Sotheby’s Holdings, and the Internet division of News Corporation, which launched and operated hundreds of web sites including TVGuide.com, FOXNews.com, MLB.com. Before that, Laird was the Multimedia Specialist for Thinking Machines, where he had a teraflop before most of his friends.
Patrick Harr joins Nirvanix from Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, where he served as entrepreneur-in-residence focusing on content, storage, and media services investments. His prior leadership roles include president and CEO of Preventsys Inc., a security risk and compliance management firm that was acquired by McAfee in 2006, and Vice President of the $300M Enterprise Products Group at McDATA Corp., an enterprise storage networking solutions company. Harr joined McDATA through the acquisition of Sanera Systems, a storage networking startup, where he ran marketing, business development and sales. Prior to Sanera, Harr ran worldwide marketing at CacheFlow and was the GM of Novell’s Internet and Security Services Group. Mr. Harr received a Masters in Business Administration degree in marketing and entrepreneurial studies from the University of Maryland and his B.A. from Tulane in political economy and Russian.
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