Monday, June 4, 2012

Announcing the Netflix Open Connect Network


Around the world, people are enjoying nearly a billion hours per month of movies and TV shows from Netflix.  We’ve been delivering these petabytes of data exclusively through commercial content delivery networks.  

Now, in addition to these general-purpose commercial CDNs, we are enabling ISPs to get Netflix video data from Open Connect, a single-purpose Netflix content delivery network we’ve established.  The world’s other major Internet video provider, YouTube, has long had its own content delivery network. Given our size and growth, it now makes economic sense for Netflix to have one as well.  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.

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. Interested ISPs can find full details at: openconnect.netflix.com.  

As part of Open Connect, we are also sharing our hardware design and the open source software components of the server.  These cost-efficient designs are suitable for any high-volume provider of large media files.  We welcome commentary and improvements, which will be shared with the community with the goal of a faster, less expensive Internet for all.

Ken Florance

Ken Florance is Vice President of Content Delivery at Netflix