Limelight Networks expands edge capabilites with launch of EdgeFunctions

Limelight Networks has expanded its edge capabilities by launching EdgeFunctions, a new serverless compute service which allows developers to tap into the company’s global network and give them the flexibility to deploy and run their own code.

EdgeFunctions provides a customisable environment at the network edge for streamlining content workflows, performing time-sensitive decisions, and customising user experiences. Providing this environment at the network edge offers Limelight’s low latency and on-demand scalability to developers globally.

“We are thrilled to partner with Limelight to integrate our NexGuard streaming forensic watermarking technology with EdgeFunctions and safeguard a premium OTT provider’s content from leaks and piracy,” said Jean-Philippe Plantevin, vice president, anti-piracy at NAGRA, a leading provider of content protection and multiscreen TV solutions. “Using EdgeFunctions, we were able to quickly deploy our customised solution into Limelight’s network edge locations and run them on demand, at scale, for both video-on-demand and live over-the-top watermarking workflows.”

EdgeFunctions leverages Limelight’s global network to put flexibility directly into the hands of developers with support for several programming languages including Node.js, Python and Go. Its APIs enable these developers to manage, deploy and run their functions at the network edge and take advantage of Limelight’s direct peering connections with more than 1,000 ISPs and public cloud providers.

Commenting on the launch, Bob Lento, chief executive officer at Limelight said: “We’ve evolved beyond high performing online video delivery with new innovative solutions to enhance online experiences and provide real value to our customers in ways that only we can. Now developers have the power to create and run bandwidth-intensive, latency-sensitive applications throughout our network edge.

Our extensive Edge Compute offering coupled with EdgeFunctions provides one of the most comprehensive content delivery and edge tool sets available today, and we have a robust development pipeline with much more to come. I’m thrilled to provide these services to the world’s leading companies.”

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