PeerCDN Acquired by Yahoo!
When we started PeerCDN, our vision was to build a next-generation content delivery network — cheaper, faster, and easier than existing solutions. As PeerCDN grew, we found that many developers were ecstatic about fast response times and reduced bandwidth costs, but even more were excited by the new experiences that order-of-magnitude cheaper bandwidth would enable.
We want to thank all of our awesome beta testers for their feedback, as well as Mozilla for their support through the Ignite Challenge, Lightspeed Ventures for their advice and support through the Summer Program, and StartX for their excellent founder community which was immensely helpful in the early days of the company. And of course, we couldn’t have done this without the incredible support of our friends and family.
We’re so excited about this next step in our journey and we can’t wait to share our progress with you.
Feross, Abi, and John
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Meet PeerCDN, a completely new kind of CDN.
Reduce bandwidth costs by up to 90%.
PeerCDN automatically serves your site's static resources (images and file downloads) over a peer-to-peer network made up of the visitors on your site. By offloading the majority of the hosting burden to site visitors, PeerCDN dramatically reduces bandwidth costs.
Handle sudden traffic bursts with ease.
PeerCDN-enabled sites can handle sudden traffic spikes with ease. Files in high demand will be quickly and cost-effectively delivered by peers, while long tail content can be reliably served from normal web servers or a traditional CDN. More visitors = more peers hosting content.
Broad browser support.
PeerCDN utilizes WebRTC DataChannel to establish peer-to-peer connections between a site's visitors. Chrome and Firefox already support WebRTC, which together account for 58% of global browser usage (according to StatCounter). IE and Safari will likely add support soon. Graceful fallback for unsupported browsers.
Works with traditional CDNs.
PeerCDN works with traditional CDNs. PeerCDN only takes over when it can provide better site performance and/or reduce server bandwidth usage.
PeerCDN uses a centralized resource authentication server to generate SHA1 hashes of a site's resources. Data provided by peers will only be used if it is safe and unmodified. All peer-to-peer communication is encrypted.
If peers are slow or the central PeerCDN server is inaccessible, sites will load normally. PeerCDN handles error conditions by falling back and letting your site work normally.
Easy to install.
We're aiming for copy-and-paste simplicity. Just paste a script tag on a site and that's it! The site will instantly be faster, use less bandwidth, and be more resilient to sudden bursts of traffic. Self-hosted options will also be available to those who want to host their own PeerCDN server.