Opinion

Why Netflix video quality has fluctuated this year

Netflix’s agreement with Comcast contributed to recent performance increases, but Comcast isn’t necessarily responsible for the degradation.

06/18/14

Comcast data usage meter accuracy measurement results

NetForecast just completed a report on the accuracy of Comcast’s Internet data usage meter.

06/04/14

Opinion

Application Performance = Response Time

From a user’s perspective, application performance is response time. So you need to find out what your users' performance expectations are and identify a response time threshold that satisfies most of them—then you need to measure...

01/06/14

Opinion

SaaS Performance Bar Rising

For mission-critical SaaS applications to displace their locally accessed cousins, SaaS end-user response times must rival those of the on-premises incumbents. Achieving this goal is challenging, and requires continuous end-user...

07/29/13

Opinion

Who needs a CDN?

Any enterprise with a web audience in multiple locations can benefit from using a CDN, but if your users are likely to download lots of stuff from your website, play media files, and/or watch or listen to live broadcasts, you are...

02/25/13

Opinion

Should wireless carriers use home Internet connections for backhaul?

In a thought-provoking article on GigaOM, Prakash Sangam of Qualcomm writes that cellular network capacity could be boosted up to a thousand times if households deploy "small cells" (i.e., femtocell technology) to shunt cellular...

11/05/12

Opinion

Should wireless carriers use home Internet connections for backhaul?

In a thought-provoking article on GigaOM, Prakash Sangam of Qualcomm writes that cellular network capacity could be boosted up to a thousand times if households deploy "small cells" (i.e., femtocell technology) to shunt cellular...

11/05/12

Opinion

Should wireless carriers use home Internet connections for backhaul?

In a thought-provoking article on GigaOM, Prakash Sangam of Qualcomm writes that cellular network capacity could be boosted up to a thousand times if households deploy "small cells" (i.e., femtocell technology) to shunt cellular...

11/05/12

Opinion

Cloud Federation: It's Happening

Although far from a fait accompli, cloud federation is in the works. Like ants in the Internet ant hill, cloud providers are beginning to join forces to improve their individual prospects for long-term growth and sustainability.Three

06/13/12

Opinion

WAN Virtualization as a Managed Service Is an Emerging Trend

At Interop our interest was piqued by a new managed service from Hughes Network Systems that we see as a harbinger of services to come. Using home-grown software installed in a DSL modem, Hughes bonds (i.e. inverse multiplexes) up to

05/15/12

Opinion

RIPE Atlas Project Maps the Internet

RIPE NCC (Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Center) in the Netherlands is in the early stages of rolling out a distributed Internet measurement system called Atlas. The system collects data that it incorporates into a master...

04/24/12

Opinion

New Cloud Federation Business Model for CDN Services

We may be witnessing the ants in the Internet ant hill starting to pull together to compete against Goliaths like Akamai and even Amazon Web Services. After a decade of status quo in the CDN space, we're seeing an innovative new...

04/04/12

Opinion

WAN Optimization as a Service Goes Mainstream

With Akamai's uncharacteristic collaboration with Riverbed to embed Steelhead WAN optimization software into its CDN overlay network, the tide has officially turned--WAN optimization as a service is going main stream. It is...

03/27/12

Opinion

How Much Traffic Does Streaming Video Streaming Generate?

Do you know how much traffic the act of streaming video to a user's device generates? Chances are you don't, and you don't particularly care. But you should, because lively video surfing by lots of users can affect your work and home

03/19/12

Opinion

Apps Eat More Bandwidth than Browsers

As iPads, iPhones, Nooks, Kindles, and other mobile devices multiply like rabbits and join the established population of desktop and laptop computers, the nature of traffic to and from all device types is changing. The key reason for

01/23/12

Opinion

Prepare Ye the Way of the Intercloud

The term Intercloud describes the future interconnectedness--or federation--of clouds, similar to the network of networks that is today's Internet. Like the electrical grid, in which a utility is shared based on supply and demand,...

01/09/12

Opinion

Energy Star Equivalent Needed for Application Bandwidth Consumption

The FCC (or someone) should implement an Energy Star equivalent for bandwidth consumption by Internet applications such as Google and Facebook to educate consumers about demand placed on their broadband connections by the...

12/05/11

Opinion

Do Broadband Consumers Get the Bandwidth They Pay For?

NetForecast examined the FCC's Internet connection performance data to determine if consumers are receiving the bandwidth they pay for. We found that the higher the bandwidth purchased, the better the chance that the bandwidth...

11/28/11

Opinion

Laws of Internet Resource Supply and Demand

Like most systems, the Internet is subject to the laws of resource supply and demand. Demand for Internet resources that affect speed is most heavily influenced and driven by the way websites are designed and operated. The primary...

11/21/11

Opinion

No Matter What the FCC Says, Bandwidth Is Not Speed

In its recently published Measuring Broadband America report, the FCC erroneously uses the terms 'bandwidth' and 'speed' interchangeably. The FCC should know better. ISPs claim to deliver high speeds if you buy their higher bandwidth

11/16/11

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