Content delivery network: RSAWEB’s AfriCDN, giving it a go

I’ve been looking around for a content delivery network that has a point I presence (POP) in South Africa for quite a while now without much success.

What is a content delivery network or CDN?

A CDN is basically a network of servers that delivers media and static content to users as close to their geographical location as possible. A real world example of this would be buying a pizza: naturally it would be quicker and easier to buy it from the pizza place down the road than the one on a different continent; this is the same principle of a content delivery network in delivering your content to your visitors.

I have looked at a few solutions from international companies that have huge accounts and thus have brilliant systems in place. Some of these companies are Limelight, Akamai and CDNetworks; all of whom have a POP in South Africa. The issue with them is that they have a minimum data traffic of 1TB per month with pricing starting at $800 per month. That’s fine for a start up with big backing and big companies like Facebook etc. but I don’t know of too many websites outside the top 1000 in SA that have that much traffic every month.

There is also someone like Amazon who charge ridiculously low rates unfortunately don’t have a POP in South Africa.

In walks AfriCDN, a locally bred content delivery network

So this is where RSAWEB comes into the picture. They’re a local South African company with a great reputation and have launched a product called AfriCDN (a content delivery network). AfriCDN has two POPs in South Africa and then two in Europe and then one in the US.

AfriCDN Nodes (RSAWEB content delivery network)

AfriCDN Nodes (RSAWEB content delivery network)

However, what’s really great is that they offer a great entry level deal that allows new start ups and smaller websites to reach their international audience in an enhanced way. The base package/tier is R499 p/m for 100GB of data transfer.

I can’t say much about how well their product works as I’m in the process of organising a trial from them. I’ll give you feedback as soon as I know and have tested it but I do expect something really good from them.

Know any other local content delivery network solutions other than AfriCDN? Let me know in the comments below.

Ford ST Experience – Win a Trip to Europe and More

Ford Focus ST Exprience

So a friend of mine, Dale (@idale on Twitter), sent me an email about a little campaign he set up for the launch of the new Ford Focus ST. To cut a very long story short you just need to do the following:

  1. You go to stexperience.co.za
  2. Read about the great prizes like getting driven around a race track by a pro driver or winning a trip to Germany (Ford factory tour) and getting driven around another race track that exists somewhere in Belgium (Ford secret testing location).
  3. You click enter and give them your details (ID numbers are required so that they’re prepared for when you win the cool prizes).
  4. You then wait for the experience of your life.

Yes it’s pretty much that easy and doesn’t really have any hidden catches (you can even OPT-IN to getting marketing info from Ford South Africa – most people make you opt-out first :P).

Here’s the full press release for your information:

The ST Experience is giving over 200 people the opportunity to encounter the All-New Focus ST before anyone else, at their local track, with pro racing drivers. Each winner will also receive an ST cap, keyring and full blown online race video featuring themselves.

One lucky person will also win an exclusive international behind-the-scenes tour of the Ford Focus Factory in Germany and secret testing ground in Belgium, to experience how the Focus ST is designed, manufactured and tested.

This isn’t a competition with a million entries and one prize. There are 200 CHANCES to experience the All-New Focus ST.

People can enter at: www.STexperience.co.za

Give it a go, what can you lose?

 

PS. Shout out to the guys back at Digital Leap for doing the dev work on this. The integrations are clean.

Mandela Day – Simple Acts of Kindness

I’m really looking forward to Mandela Day this year. I’m hoping that millions of people get involved and literally change this nation.

Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did for more than 67 years. Start by devoting 67 minutes to community service on Mandela Day, on July 18 each year.

If you do not know what you’re going to to be doing yet have a look at the Rivers Foundation who are partaking in many project in different areas. They will then also be sharing all the footage received from everyone and create some media to show the impact everyone made. We really do want to change the world this Mandela Day.

This month, as the Rivers Foundation celebrates Mandela Day, we encourage YOU to join us and find ways to put a smile on as many faces in our community as possible. Any small act of kindness can make a difference in someone’s world like sharing a sandwich with a person on the street corner.

Take your phone/camera along so when the smile appears you’re ready to catch it. Then visit facebook.com/RiversFoundation and share the memory.

Here’s also an inspiration video made by Duncan Steenkamp, it’s pretty wonderful seeing what people have done and are still going to do.

Test your typing skill with 10FastFingers

10fastfingers

I was looking around for websites built with the Twitter Bootstrap framework and came up with a gem. Not really for its design (which isn’t to0 bad) but mostly for its coolness factor.

Pretty much, 10FastFingers is a website where you can test your typing speed and compete with other people all around the world. I just liked the idea of seeing how fast I could type and training 10 fingers to type a whole lot faster.

Try it out and let me know what scores you get in the comments below or hit me up on twitter (@seagyn).