jomCDN now supports Akamai as New CDN for Rackspace Cloud Files

Today we received some exciting news for Rackspace Cloud. Below we have pasted the email to share what the future of jomCDN will be once the transition is complete. jomCDN will automatically support Akamai the worlds largest CDN provider.


Today we are announcing our new relationship with Akamai Technologies, Inc. as our Content Distribution Network (CDN) provider. If you are currently using Cloud Files CDN, you will be able to take advantage of this new relationship in the coming months without any change or work required from you!

We want to make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible while we transition to Akamai. Below are some common questions we'd like you to be familiar with.


How will I be affected?
Once we have made the change to Akamai, your CDN content will be served over Akamai's expanded global network. Your current CDN URLs will be supported by Akamai, which means there will be no need for you to change the way you are serving your CDN content today. We expect the transition to be be seamless for you.

Will there be any changes in pricing?
NO, Rackspace Cloud Files will be honoring its new reduced bandwidth pricing for CDN!

What is happening with Limelight?
The first major outcome from this new relationship will be the implementation of the Akamai’s CDN for our Cloud Files customers. We expect no customer impact during this transition from Limelight to Akamai. Once we flip the switch to have content served by Akamai, Akamai will begin supporting both new URLs and all existing Limelight URLs.

This means that customers who currently have Limelight URLs coded into their websites will continue to serve content using those URLs, but they will be distributed over the Akamai network. At this time, we do not have any plans to discontinue the Limelight URLs.

Once the transition is complete, if a customer requests their URL (either in the Control Panel or via API) for an object, they will be presented with a new Akamai URL. This does not mean that their old URLs are invalid. However, as we release new features like CNAME and SSL, customers will need to reference their new Akamai URL instead of their legacy URL.

When will we begin implementing Akamai?
Rackspace will be migrating customers in the first half of 2011. Rackspace will notify you once all of our customers have been migrated.

What new features can we expect and when?
Our current projected product roadmap is as follows:

1Q 2011
  • SSL – SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) will allow customers to deliver content more securely, all the way from the edge to the origin servers.
  • Edge Purge – This feature will allow customers to immediately remove their content from the network. Without this feature, removing content can take upwards of 3 days to process.
2Q 2011
  • CNAMES – CNAMEs will allow customers to turn complex CDN urls that are often long into shorter, branded urls for their public content. We are targeting to have this feature completed in 2Q 2011.
Who is Akamai? Akamai Technologies, Inc. is publicly traded (NASDAQ: AKAM) company founded in 1998. Akamai has a pervasive, highly-distributed cloud optimization platform with over 73,000 servers in 70 counties within nearly 1,000 networks. For up to date Akamai facts and figures, click here. For more information on this partnership, read our blog. We are excited to be working with the industry's leading CDN provider, and we are happy to answer any questions you have about this transition. You can contact us via any of the methods listed on our Contact Us page.

We hope you are as excited as we are with the future of jomCDN and the power and speed you can bring to your site.

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