Velocity Web Operations and Performance Day 1

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I’ve just finished up a highly enjoyable first day here at the Velocity Conference in New York. Day 1 consisted of a full day of tutorials before the main conference tracks kick off on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It was a great opportunity to touch base with many of our peers and partners such as Cedexis, Dyn, EdgeCast, MaxCDN and Fastly. Being a web performance focused company, my eyes were firmly on the Performance Track. Here is what I saw:

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New Feature – Live Stream Server-side Archiving

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Server-side archiving has been one of the most requested live streaming features here at MetaCDN. It provides the ability for customers to record their live streaming events to  cloud storage to either download or serve through our on demand video player. Today, we are happy to announce the availability of this feature to all our existing and new PRO plan users.

To see our full support document on how to set up live stream server-side archiving, visit our support article here.

Introducing Our New $20/month Basic Plan!

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MetaCDN is pleased to announce the introduction of a new lower tier ‘Basic’ CDN plan.

The $20/month ‘Basic’ plan is perfect for users with a single website who don’t need the added extras of our higher tier plans. 

You can find more detailed information on the plan here. If you’re interested in the new plan we recommend you start start the 14 day free trial, and give our CDN a whirl!

If you have any queries about the new plan tweet us at @metacdn or send us an email.

New Feature – Monthly Rollover for Unused Credit

unused-credit-header-small-metacdn We’re pleased to announce that MetaCDN are now offering monthly rollover for unused credits for all Content Delivery and Live Streaming plans. Credits left over from the previous month’s allocation are now being rolled over into the next month. This is free of charge, and is now in effect for all new and existing accounts.

A few things to note:

  • If your account is closed then reopened you will lose all of the built up credits and will have to start from scratch.
  • Credits are now effectively valid for 2 months.

If you have any questions about this new feature feel free to contact us!

How to Live Stream on Linux

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This post will take you through the process of how to live stream on Linux, by creating a simple live stream player page in a Linux environment.  This example uses a web server, a MetaCDN account and some open source goodies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 x Linux machine (My development box, running Ubuntu 12.04).
  • 1 x Photo of a TV.
  • 1 x Accessible web server ( in our case, running apache – http://httpd.apache.org).
  • 1 x MetaCDN live streaming account (www.metacdn.com).
  • 1 x Text Editor Of Your Choice (vim).
  • 1 x GIMP.  No, not a person with a physical impairment – we’re talking about the GNU Image Manipulation Program. (http://www.gimp.org).
  • 1 x FFMPEG (https://www.ffmpeg.org).

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