Answers.com Accelerates Performance of Their Leading Online Q&A Site With Cotendo CDN Suite
Cotendo's CDN Suite Chosen for Its Unmatched Ability to Deliver the Optimal Combination of Superior Performance, Reliability, and Real-Time Content Update Capabilities
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/23/10 -- Cotendo, a CDN and Site Acceleration Services Provider, today announced that Answers Corporation (NASDAQ: ANSW), the world's leading online Q&A provider, has selected Cotendo's CDN and Site Acceleration Services suite to manage the global distribution of content generated by Answers.com. The Cotendo CDN will serve all of the data files and images accessible on the site.
According to Dan Marriott, Director of Production Operations at Answers.com, Cotendo was chosen after a thorough evaluation of CDN vendors for its ability to consistently deliver superior performance and reliability. "Our site is among the world's most visited -- comScore recently ranked Answers.com in the top 25 U.S. websites by a count of monthly unique visitors -- and our end users expect unfailingly prompt answers to their queries," Marriott said. "We must achieve 24x7 uptime to protect our reputation among users and to merit our revenues from advertisers. Cotendo is the best CDN provider that enables us to do that at an affordable cost."
"We are enormously proud to be selected as the preferred CDN provider to Answers.com," said Ronni Zehavi, Cotendo's CEO. "This is a very prestigious customer win, and one that affirms our standing as a leading technology CDN and Site Acceleration Services provider. We engineered our technology platform from the ground up to meet the rigorous requirements of heavily trafficked sites like Answers.com which represent a popular segment of the Web as go-to providers of information."
Answers.com's Marriott noted that Cotendo's architectural approach was a key factor in the decision to implement its CDN. "Cotendo has gone to great lengths to optimize their servers, to engineer their software to produce maximum performance and best-cache-hit ratios," he said. "The result: they can do more with less and still deliver superior performance."
Especially important for Answers.com is Cotendo's real-time site updating capability. Any changes on the master CDN server are reflected within seconds at all CDN locations worldwide. "It's critical for us to push new code and new files to all of the CDN servers in such a way that we don't impact users' experiences," Marriott said. "To that end, Cotendo provides a 'content flushing' operation that works extremely quickly so there's no mismatch. All of the same information propagates across the network in real time, so that all locations have the same updates instantly, without the delays that occur on other CDNs."
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