Content material supply networks (CDN) have modified. They was once platforms for effectively delivering static recordsdata — and little else. Today, nonetheless, just about each CDN service is including edge compute companies, safety instruments and extra on high of their core supply networks. In consequence, it’s develop into tougher for customers to change between CDNs and select the quickest or most cost-efficient possibility for the areas they serve.

IO River, which is launching out of stealth and asserting a $5.4 million seed funding spherical led by S Capital, is constructing a layer on high of CDNs to simplify switching between them with out being restricted to the bottom widespread denominator options.

Perhaps it’s no shock that IO River was launched by two trade veterans. Co-founders Edward Tsinovoi (CEO) and Michael Hakimi (CTO) labored collectively for over a decade, together with at Akamai’s Tel Aviv workplace, earlier than founding IO River in late 2022 and collaborating within the Intel Ignite accelerator program.

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“In the present day, many on-line service firms are locked right into a single edge or CDN vendor,” Tsinovoi mentioned. “This dependency has a major influence on their resiliency, efficiency and price effectivity. High enterprise firms don’t actually wish to depend on a single edge vendor. Some have already made the transition to a multi-CDN, multi-edge platforms structure — however the adoption and upkeep of structure, with a number of edge distributors, is difficult and costly. Our purpose at IO River is to make this possible for everybody.”

IO River provides the core companies one would anticipate from a multi-CDN platform: splitting visitors between suppliers to optimize for uptime, efficiency and price, and a unified administration console. All of that is comparatively simple and for the fundamental performance all CDNs have in widespread (assume redirecting URLs, for instance), IO River can faucet into their native APIs.

Working utility and compute companies on the edge is the place it will get difficult. CDN companies aren’t precisely meant to work collectively, in spite of everything, so there may be not a variety of widespread floor. What IO River does is present its personal utility companies like an internet utility firewall, fee limiting and origin load balancing. What’s possibly most necessary, although, is that it additionally provides a unified edge computing platform that permits customers to run the identical code on all these totally different platforms with out modifications.

To get began, customers can import their current CDN supplier’s settings after which add new suppliers on the fly. As a result of IO River continuously displays the varied networks’ efficiency, it additionally gives a deep set of analytics, which in flip permits customers to see which community they need to use in a given location — or arrange computerized guidelines for switching between networks when points come up.

The service’s enterprise platform at present helps Akamai, CacheFly, Cloudflare, CloudFront, Edgio, EdgeNext, CDNetworks, Fastly and Gcore. There’s additionally a free model, which is proscribed to 1 billion hits per thirty days and doesn’t assist superior options like world fee limiting, unified origin load balancing and IO River’s unified edge computing service.

“Web-based firms reside and die by their content material supply,” mentioned Haim Sadger, co-founding associate of S Capital. “They begin dropping gross sales if their websites are down for only a few minutes or if their content material is gradual and unreliable. However equally, with elevated monetary pressures, knowledge prices are a large proportion of firms’ outgoings. The classical method of utilizing a CDN doesn’t clear up all these issues. IO River is providing a contemporary resolution that meets the wants of the market, and we’re excited to put money into Edward and Michael’s deep experience and understanding of the right way to ship web content material to the world.”