Connecting up Kollective

Kollective, previously known as Kontiki, is a global technology service based in America. They work with some of the most successful companies in the world to run their enterprise video and content delivery. Kollective technology allows global video delivery without the need for any new hardware to be purchased thanks to the Enterprise Content Delivery Network (ECDN), making software defined networking as flexible as possible.

They have a number of other service options including video portals and webcasting platforms, but their central technology is the ECDN, the key software that powers Kollective business and the success of so many companies who engage with video enterprise. This technology provides the ability to minimise bandwidth usage for content delivery within an organisation, primarily for video services, but the technology can be leveraged to deliver other elements as required.

The majority of companies currently rely on large legacy hardware and complex networks which means that making significant network upgrades can be a hugely time consuming process, potentially involving countless years of work. An alternative is using ECDN to make the network more intelligent. It allows real time control over the network for faster and more secure corporate videos.

Kollective deploy a small piece of agent software on all the desktops within a company or branch, which once enabled creates an internal peer-to-peer network, a smart grid, letting you share content with your neighbour rather than having to get it from the source. This smart grid works directly with Kollective’s cloud based controller. This means, for example, that if there were 100 employees using Kollective’s ECDN, they would only need one connection to the internet to watch a video, instead of 100 connections.

Peer-to-peer networks have previously received criticism, due to age old misconceptions originating with the illegal downloading in the noughties. However this not at all the case, nowadays peer-to-peer sharing, particularly with Kollective software, is hugely efficient and secure.

Already looking to the future, Kollective want to share more than just content. With this ability any user could download anything they required; for example the Windows 10 update wouldn’t need to be downloaded individually 100 times for 100 employees, instead just one desktop would download the update and share it directly. This is a whole new level of bandwidth efficiency.
After being deployed, the Software Defined ECDN (SD ECDN) remains flexible; changes can be made to support a specific goal (such as live streaming, video conferencing or video on demand). It also employs three delivery methods: cloud to endpoint, endpoint to endpoint and endpoint to multiple endpoints. Setting a goal enables the system to adapt to intelligently accommodate the requirements to ensure the intentions are accomplished.

Although other similar bandwidth-saving products exist, the Software Defined ECDN is a more versatile product because it allows you to not only share videos, but also to deliver files, minimising dependency on other third party content.

Kollective’s SD ECDN reduces bandwidth requirements considerably, a huge positive for the bill-payer as bandwidth is expensive to the enterprise, particularly if people need to download multiple things at the same time.

What it is important to note is that Kollective’s Enterprise Content Delivery Network is a very easy technology to deploy, the challenge is actually getting the software ratified by the security, the network and IT. What this requires is efficient and informed project management and technology know-how to be able to smoothly navigate the set up and deployment in the quickest time possible. The faster the business can see the benefits of the software the sooner the entire company can enjoy video on mass in great quality.

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