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Rambla manages its own Content Delivery Network (CDN) which is optimized for the delivery of rich media, as well as other files that require a lightning fast and stable distribution. It allows you to deliver your content to a broad range of devices, like PCs, set-top boxes, game consoles and mobile devices. Media files can be distributed using both (progressive) download and streaming technologies, for a flawless online experience without any skips or stutter.
Our CDN has been up permanently since it was launched in 2005. All CDN servers are located at major European data centers and are connected to Europe's leading internet exchanges. This way, we bring your content close to the user's connection point, assuring fast load times and a reliable connection. The availability of your content at multiple geographic locations takes away the single point of failure and allows us to easily handle large media files and peak traffic conditions. It also provides you with an automated back-up solution for your content.
The performance of our servers and applications is monitored 24/7 by an automated alerting system, which immediately notifies our engineers if an issue occurs. In addition, we rely on external auditing to ensure the permanent availability of our services.
By embracing the latest technologies in cloud computing and server virtualization, we have added an extra layer of scalability to our services. Through launching virtual CDN servers, we can scale beyond the limits of our physical CDN, both performance-wise and geographically - making it possible to extend the capacity of our CDN, or to start up CDN servers in other continents while providing the same user experience.
You decide how your content is being made available. By default, all files under your account are publicly available for (progressive) download and/or streaming. However, you can choose to restrict access, for your whole account or for certain directories. To secure your downloads, it is possible to generate unique, time-based URLs to your content which expire within minutes after the request, protecting your content against unauthorized use. When streaming your content, there are other mechanisms to limit access to the stream.
Upon request, we can further customize your account: install geographical limitations, create additional FTP credentials for a certain directory, generate custom statistics or reports, configure a domain alias, ...
To get your content ready for delivery, you only need to transfer your file(s) to your account on a dedicated CDN 'master' server using HTTP or FTP. After having been uploaded, your content will be instantly available for download or streaming (in case of HTTP upload) or after a synchronization period of circa five minutes (in case of FTP upload).
Each customer has access to the Rambla Control Panel. This is a web-application which allows you to configure your account, browse and manage your files on the CDN, preview your media assets in our Rambla flash player and generate embed codes for them, monitor traffic reports and detailed statistics, transcode your media files to a desired format...
For advanced users, we also offer Rambla Web Services (= RAWS), a set of API's which allow you to seamlessly integrate our services into your website or client application.
Using our services requires no initial setup charge, monthly recurring fee or long-term commitment. In fact, you only pay for the bandwidth volume you use. If your content generates only a modest amount of traffic, this will be reflected in your costs. When your content picks up more traffic, you can benefit from a price reduction by ordering larger credit packs. For huge traffic builders, we can offer special discounts.
Since different customers have different needs, we also offer a choice of payment mechanism. Our pre-paid credit packs allow you to get a price reduction by ordering in bulk. Our post-payment formula allows you to pay on a monthly basis, for traffic generated during the previous month. With this formula, it's also possible to get invoices for a specific campaign or period.