Limelight adds new serverless computing capabilities to Edge platform

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Limelight Networks (Nasdaq: LLNW) has announced that its edge platform EdgeFunctions is in field trials with several customers with planned general availability in Q2 2020.

The company said that the EdgeFunctions platform allows developers to run their code in Limelight edge locations.

The platform is available globally and runs in the same locations as Limelight’s Content Delivery Network (CDN), closest to where content requests are received, for low latency in regards to code execution.

An API-first approach to serverless computing with support for Node.js, Python and Go frees developers to focus on innovation and integration with their content workflows, according to the company.

“Limelight’s pivot to supporting the edge cloud with solutions such as EdgeFunctions will help differentiate the company’s offerings and drive further growth,” said Ghassan Abdo, IDC Research Vice President, WW Telecom, Virtualization, Cloud and CDN.

“At IDC, we believe that Limelight’s private CDN network coupled with the move toward stronger edge presence will help the company capitalize on increasing demand for live and on-demand video, key drivers of future CDN traffic growth.”


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The company added that its edge platform targets the requirements of Limelight’s content delivery customers.

It’s suited to streaming video and content delivery use cases such as personalised streaming, access control, dynamic ad insertion, content protection, A/B testing, and image manipulation. EdgeFunctions is integrated with Limelight’s edge services platform.

“EdgeFunctions enables our customers to deploy their own application functions into our network edge locations and run them on-demand,” said Nigel Burmeister, Global Marketing and Product Vice President at Limelight.

“Developers can concentrate on delivering innovation and business outcomes without worrying about the underlying infrastructure.

“EdgeFunctions eliminates costly delays in latency-sensitive video and CDN workflows and dynamically allocates resources to scale as demand changes.”

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