Monday, April 25, 2016

How to Compete with Teridion

So you want to beat Teridion to the software defined networking space?  Are you interested in building a solution to improve performance on content, like file uploads, that a traditional Content Delivery Network (CDN) cannot address? Too late. Teridion launched late last year.  However, if you are interested in understanding the main concepts of Teridion, this article should help.
As I have heard my team state multiple times, the solution is elegantly simple.  Teridion is comprised of three components.  They are the Teridion Measurement Agents (TMA), Teridion Management System (TMS), and Teridion Cloud Routers (TCR).  Trademarked names aside, the platform can be referred to as the data collection, data analytics and virtual backbone network.

The Internet Heat Map

Agent technology has been around longer than the internet.  Teridion Measurement Agents are specifically designed to gather latency, bandwidth, congestion, and other network health indicators.  These agents live and die in cloud data centers where Teridion can currently create VBNs.  As opposed to other agents technology like Thousand Eyes or Gomez, TA's are only looking at network statistics and not application centric metrics.  This is because Teridion is a layer 3 technology and only cares about route optimization and not application acceleration in the general sense.

The Brains of the Operation

Like all properly designed systems, Teridion Measurement Agents send data to the Teridion Management System for analysis.  This TMS leverages elasticsearch to make as-quick-as-possible determinations on where the optimum path is for a virtual backbone network.  The algorithm used by the system is proprietary.  I could say it is too secret to share, but honestly I have not asked what the formula is.  Once an optimum path is discovered, the TMS will either spin up a new TCR or update current TCRs routing tables accordingly.

The (Virtual) Backbone of the Solution

If you think of the other two components as setting the table, the Teridion Cloud Routers are the main course.  These are Linux VMs turned routers that create HOV lanes of communication for a majority of the packets life on the internet.  Simply put, a TCR is the on and off ramp locations to the virtual backbone network (VBN).  The VBN is set up very similarly to a highway.  An optimum highway would have an on ramp close to all drivers and an off ramp close to the destination.

Does it Work?

Yes. 'Nuff said? Well for those of you who need "proof" give message at and get a trial started.  For those of you looking for current data points on real life customers gains, here is a nice chart:
For those of you joining in from a mobile device or just cannot read the axis, the chart is depicting times to download a 5MB file using the public internet and using the Teridion network.  Teridion makes the internet ~20x faster and content delivery is much less susceptible to degradation in performance.  When congestion happens on the internet, Teridion pivots to a new routing path.

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