|By Marketwired .||
|August 23, 2010 12:01 AM EDT||
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/23/10 -- Cotendo, a CDN and Site Acceleration Services Provider, today announced that Answers Corporation (NASDAQ: ANSW), the world's leading online Q&A provider, has selected Cotendo's CDN and Site Acceleration Services suite to manage the global distribution of content generated by Answers.com. The Cotendo CDN will serve all of the data files and images accessible on the site.
According to Dan Marriott, Director of Production Operations at Answers.com, Cotendo was chosen after a thorough evaluation of CDN vendors for its ability to consistently deliver superior performance and reliability. "Our site is among the world's most visited -- comScore recently ranked Answers.com in the top 25 U.S. websites by a count of monthly unique visitors -- and our end users expect unfailingly prompt answers to their queries," Marriott said. "We must achieve 24x7 uptime to protect our reputation among users and to merit our revenues from advertisers. Cotendo is the best CDN provider that enables us to do that at an affordable cost."
"We are enormously proud to be selected as the preferred CDN provider to Answers.com," said Ronni Zehavi, Cotendo's CEO. "This is a very prestigious customer win, and one that affirms our standing as a leading technology CDN and Site Acceleration Services provider. We engineered our technology platform from the ground up to meet the rigorous requirements of heavily trafficked sites like Answers.com which represent a popular segment of the Web as go-to providers of information."
Answers.com's Marriott noted that Cotendo's architectural approach was a key factor in the decision to implement its CDN. "Cotendo has gone to great lengths to optimize their servers, to engineer their software to produce maximum performance and best-cache-hit ratios," he said. "The result: they can do more with less and still deliver superior performance."
Especially important for Answers.com is Cotendo's real-time site updating capability. Any changes on the master CDN server are reflected within seconds at all CDN locations worldwide. "It's critical for us to push new code and new files to all of the CDN servers in such a way that we don't impact users' experiences," Marriott said. "To that end, Cotendo provides a 'content flushing' operation that works extremely quickly so there's no mismatch. All of the same information propagates across the network in real time, so that all locations have the same updates instantly, without the delays that occur on other CDNs."
Cotendo is a CDN and site acceleration services provider and an innovator of software-focused site acceleration technologies. Cotendo's full suite of site acceleration services is addressing an important unmet need that Internet content and web application providers have for application-level flexibility and sophisticated management of performance and cost. Cotendo is led by experts in intelligent content management and content delivery networks. Founded in 2008, Cotendo is funded by Sequoia Capital, Benchmark Capital and Tenaya Capital. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with R&D based in Israel. For more information about Cotendo and its CDN and Site Acceleration Services Suite, visit www.cotendo.com.
About Answers Corporation
Answers Corporation (NASDAQ: ANSW) owns and operates Answers.com, the leading Q&A site, which includes WikiAnswers and ReferenceAnswers. The site supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Tagalog (Filipino). WikiAnswers is a community-generated social knowledge Q&A platform, leveraging wiki-based technologies. Through the contributions of its large and growing community, answers are improved and updated over time. The award-winning ReferenceAnswers includes content on millions of topics from over 250 licensed dictionaries and encyclopedias from leading publishers, including Houghton Mifflin, Barron's and Encyclopedia Britannica.