The edge is the new cloud. Analysts project that more and more computing will move to the network edge to reduce latency, bandwidth costs and centralized server load. For the gaming industry, this can meaningfully improve user experiences and open the door to enable exciting new real time interactive applications.
Gamers have high expectations for performance and rich cutting-edge experiences. At the same time you need to monetize, manage and monitor that growing complexity. Meeting these goals has many challenges:
Online gaming is compute-intensive and highly demanding in terms of network bandwidth, performance and scale. Depending on the game, a great experience can require real time 3D scene rendering, large file downloads, on-the-fly video format conversion, large-scale player and data management and more. The combination of heavy compute requirements, distributed player base and strict synchronization have outpaced the capabilities of centralized cloud compute. With centralized cloud compute your game can fail at the worst possible time, as risks like degraded performance, sluggish play or crashes get worse as usage peaks.
In gaming, milliseconds matter. The interactive, action-oriented nature of gaming has very low tolerance for latency. Each player’s experience must be computed individually and delivered instantly — wherever they’re located. That means proximity to computing resources can have a huge effect on game play. With centralized cloud compute, game experience varies wildly depending on distance from the player to the datacenter.
Centralized public cloud services can add cost as well as latency, and fees associated with network transit and egress can add cost burdens on top of technical issues. More and more businesses are finding on-premise data centers too expensive in both capex and required resources to maintain and deploy.
Limelight’s high-performance edge compute services and content delivery can help address both the current and future challenges faced by the gaming industry.
Now you can accelerate virtually every aspect of online gaming for a global audience. Limelight’s edge compute is both highly distributed and highly connected, with compute resources located in points-of-presence around the world and direct peering to over 1,000 ISP’s and last-mile networks. You can select compute locations around the world for regional access and scale. A range of edge compute options make it possible to streamline components in your service architecture that are adding delay, cost and inefficiency.
In addition, Limelight’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) services work seamlessly with edge compute to support your full game experience. Leveraging locally cached content, ingesting into multiple edge PoPs and processing locally is much more efficient than using a centralized location. You can also simplify procurement, workflow and operations by using a single provider.
Limelight edge compute can help you deliver fast, highly responsive game play with lower average latency than centralized compute. Latency-reducing examples include ping reducers to speed massive multiplayer games, coordinating multiple compute locations to optimize connections, and edge compute as a virtual game origin.
Edge compute implementations can reduce costs associated with centralized cloud services, storage and network transport in addition to improving latency and scale. In CDN use cases, Limelight zero-rates traffic from edge compute servers to our CDN, and additional cost optimization can be achieved by using a single provider.
Limelight’s comprehensive family of edge compute solutions lets you choose the best option for your unique environment.
Limelight Bare Metal as a Service (BMaaS) gives you compute power where you need it without having to share resources. Bare metal is ideal when full control of compute resources and maximum performance are required.
Limelight Virtual Machine (VM) as a Service offers easy-to-deploy global virtualized compute capacity that makes it easy to scale and grow as your computing needs change.
Tightly integrated with the CDN, Limelight EdgeFunctions automatically makes your code available to many edge locations around the world, executes at the network edge close to your users to ensure the lowest latency, and scales to meet demand.
All of Limelight’s edge compute services leverage direct peering access to cloud providers and more than 1,000 ISPs, eliminating much of the latency and uncertainty of relying on traditional routing across the public Internet. Plus, you’ll get the benefits of nearly two decades of experience building out and operating one of the world’s largest global distributed networks, including network operations, monitoring and 24/7/365 live global support.
Edge Compute Reduces Latency in a Gaming Workflow
Limelight Networks’ edge compute services let you spend your time, effort, and money scaling your business instead of scaling the underlying infrastructure. Leverage our experience in delivering latency-sensitive digital media to edge compute applications that demand the highest performance, regardless of location or device type.