Cloud-computing optimizer Akamai Technologies and online video platform provider Brightcove have teamed to “bring together two of the most widely used cloud-based platforms for professional online video to create a powerful, end-to-end offer that makes high-quality video publishing and distribution easily available for businesses and organizations of all sizes.”

 
The deal has Brightcove providing the Akamai HD Network as a bundled component of the Brightcove online video platform service.
 
Brightcove offers video content management, encoding, publishing, monetization and analytics solutions, while Akamai’s HD Network provides customers with global reach, adaptive bit-rate streaming, faster start-up times and interactivity for online video assets.
 
“We’ve already seen a tipping point with adoption of high-definition video online, and now we’re seeing similar customer interest in seamless ways for enterprises big and small to use video to attract, engage, and retain online audiences,” said Paul Sagan, Akamai’s president and CEO.
 
Added Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove’s chairman and CEO, “Online video has become as ubiquitous as text on the Web, creating increased demand for high quality video experiences across all screens. Brightcove and Akamai share a strong commitment to online video quality and providing the best user experience possible, and together we expect to set the standard for innovation in the industry and accelerate the adoption of new technologies throughout the world.”
 
Brightcove and Akamai now become part of each other’s partner ecosystem.
 
Akamai said its HD Network enables content owners to increase audience engagement and to expand revenues through higher-quality video playback and interactivity. The network also can deliver live and on-demand content “while leveraging an infrastructure of tens of thousands of HTTP servers deployed globally in ISP servers.”
 

The Brightcove Alliance includes more than 200 global technology and distribution partners that have integrated with the Brightcove online video platform along with solution providers that build customer Web sites and video applications using Brightcove.

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