Media Shield 

Significantly reduce your origin traffic

Fastly’s Media Shield optimizes multi-CDN deployments while reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of video streaming.

Media Shield

Media Shield for Live

Configure one or more CDNs to use Media Shield as their origin, then configure Media Shield as the single point to your infrastructure.

Continue using your existing CDNs as you normally would, while taking advantage of Fastly platform features like origin shielding and request collapsing across your multi-CDN deployment. This significantly reduces your origin traffic, lowers egress cost and boosts performance.

Media Shield for VOD

Fastly’s Media Shield for VOD, combined with Nearline Cache, streamlines existing multi-CDN deployments while helping to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your streaming services.


Fastly Nearline Cache offers longer-term storage in cache without egress charges near the origin shield node. When coupled together, Media Shield plus Nearline Cache build on our existing origin shielding and request collapsing functionality to extend these concepts to multi-CDN deployments outside of the Fastly network.

Benefits

Quality of Experience

  • Decreases origin bandwidth and infrastructure requirements without negatively affecting QoE

  • Eliminates disruptions due to spikes in volume to the origin server

Cost reduction

  • De-duplicates requests for the same content for a window of time, reducing overall bandwidth and request volume

  • Requires fewer origin servers to handle the same volume of traffic

Better control and performance

  • Improves both performance and availability by acting as a single origin for multiple CDNs

  • Centralizes management by enabling routing through the component content delivery network 

  • Reserve Fastly traffic capacity in preparation for high utilization events with capacity reservations

(Re)gain visibility

  • Gathers consistent information about upstream requests from multiple content 

  • Delivers real-time logs allowing content owners to respond to network problems quickly

Add Nearline Cache for further cost savings*

  • Stores content closer to the viewer for extended periods of time, and allows you to control what content is placed in Nearline Cache and to define retention period

  • Reduces egress costs for requests that would normally require a trip back to origin 

  • Protects against origin outages with an extra layer of redundancy so your end users can continue to enjoy desired content even if the origin fails

*Nearline Cache is available for Video on Demand use cases only

Key Features

Request collapsing
Capacity reservations
Origin shielding
Caching
Instant purge
Soft purge
Static, dynamic and video content delivery
"When we have to have different code in our applications to play video from different CDNs, that creates complexity. Media Shield removes complexity with our CDNs. Simpler applications means they are more reliable, which means happier customers and more engagement. That translates into more ad dollars and subscribers."
John Cool
Vice President, Digital Media

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Media Shield for Live

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Media Shield for VOD + Nearline Cache

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