Limelight Networks

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Limelight Networks
TypePublic
Traded asNASDAQLLNW
IndustryContent delivery
Founded2001
HeadquartersTempe, Arizona, USA
Key people

Robert Lento, CEO, President, and Director; Nathan Raciborski, Founder; Pete Perrone, CFO; Joe DePalo, SVP; Kirby Wadsworth, CMO; George Vonderhaar, CSO; Phil Maynard, CLO;

Sajid Malhotra, SVP
ProductsOrchestrate Content Delivery, Orchestrate Performance, Orchestrate Cloud Storage, and Orchestrate Video (Online Video Management Platform)
RevenueIncrease US$ 180.24 Million (2012)[1]
Net incomeDecrease US$ -32.90 Million (2012)[1]
EmployeesApprox 500
Websitewww.limelight.com
 
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Limelight Networks
TypePublic
Traded asNASDAQLLNW
IndustryContent delivery
Founded2001
HeadquartersTempe, Arizona, USA
Key people

Robert Lento, CEO, President, and Director; Nathan Raciborski, Founder; Pete Perrone, CFO; Joe DePalo, SVP; Kirby Wadsworth, CMO; George Vonderhaar, CSO; Phil Maynard, CLO;

Sajid Malhotra, SVP
ProductsOrchestrate Content Delivery, Orchestrate Performance, Orchestrate Cloud Storage, and Orchestrate Video (Online Video Management Platform)
RevenueIncrease US$ 180.24 Million (2012)[1]
Net incomeDecrease US$ -32.90 Million (2012)[1]
EmployeesApprox 500
Websitewww.limelight.com

Limelight Networks is a Content Delivery Network (CDN). The company is based in Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A., with offices in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Paris, Washington DC, Munich, Mumbai, Delhi, Dubai, London, Seoul, Singapore, Lviv,[2] Frankfurt, and Tokyo. The company operates a global fiber-optic network that helps content publishers avoid sending files over the busy public Internet but still deliver them directly to end-users. As of December 2008, the company's network is directly connected to over 900 last-mile providers[3] and has over 11 Terabits per second of egress capacity.[4]

Company history[edit]

Limelight Networks was founded in 2001 in Tempe, Arizona as a provider of content delivery network services. Since then it has launched the Limelight Orchestrate Digital Presence Platform [5] to help customers create relationships with end users through video and content that engages them across any connected device anywhere in the world.

In July 2006, the company closed a $130 million equity financing round led by Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.[6] Limelight Networks later raised $240 million in an initial public offering, during June 2007,selling 16 million shares at $15.[7] In April 2008, company founder Michael Gordon was recognized as a "Streaming Media All-Star" by StreamingMedia Magazine, for his contributions to the industry.[8]

Over the years Limelight has received several other awards for its services including, receiving Frost & Sullivan's prestigious award for Product Line Strategy in 2012.[9] Forrester Research named Limelight a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Online Video Platforms, Q1 2013.[10]

Notable customers[edit]

In April 2002, Limelight Networks announced an expanded relationship with Musicmatch, under which Limelight Networks was the exclusive delivery network for all Musicmatch content, as well as the Musicmatch Jukebox application.[11]

In August 2007, the company announced a technology and services agreement with Microsoft under which Limelight will help improve the performance, scalability, and reliability of Internet delivery of media content and online services, including video, music, games, software, and social media, across Microsoft's global Internet properties.[12] In March 2008, the company was the infrastructure provider for the webcast of Oprah's "A New Earth" classroom series,[13] featuring author Eckhart Tolle. The live event drew over 800,000 users. The server crashed during the event because of an error in the programming code; the crash was widely misreported as a failure of network infrastructure.[14]

In May 2008, NBC announced that the company would be the content delivery network for the 2008 Summer Olympics webcast on NBCOlympics.com.[15] Ultimately, the company delivered "more than 50 million unique visitors, resulting in 1.3 billion page views, 70 million video streams, and 600 million minutes of video watched" for NBCOlympics.com, using Microsoft Silverlight technology.[16][17]

In June 2008, the company was the primary source of content delivery services for the online debut of Disney's Camp Rock. The 24-hour online event saw more than 863,000 total plays for the movie.[18] In January 2009, the company delivered the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama to 2.5 million Internet viewers around the world, resulting in more than 9 million simultaneous multimedia streams overall flowing through the company's network.[19] Later that year, in March, the company was the exclusive mobile content delivery provider for CBS' coverage of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Limelight Networks' technology was used to deliver coverage of the college basketball games to the Apple iPhone.[20]

In 2012, the Limelight helped deliver sporting events like the Wimbledon, the Indian Cricket League, the European Championship and the RBS Six Nations’ rugby championships and helped several broadcasters deliver the 2012 Summer Games.[21][22]

Acquisitions[edit]

Patent lawsuits[edit]

In June 2006, Limelight Networks was sued by Akamai Technologies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology over alleged patent infringement.[28][29][30] In April 2009, the District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled that Limelight Networks did not infringe,[31] overturning the February 2008 finding of a Boston jury.[32] Similarly, in December 2007, Limelight Networks was sued by Level 3 Communications over alleged intellectual property and patent infringement.[33] In January 2009, a jury ruled that Limelight Networks did not infringe.[34][35] Akamai Technologies appealed part of the decision. On April 20, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted the petition by Akamai Technologies for rehearing en banc its appeal in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. The order vacated the earlier opinion of December 20, 2010. The order includes a request to file new briefs addressing this question: If separate entities each perform separate steps of a method claim, under what circumstances would that claim be directly infringed and to what extent would each of the parties be liable? [36] On August 31, 2012, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its opinion in the case. The Court of Appeals stated that the trial court determined that Limelight did not directly infringe on Akamai's patent. A slim majority in this three-way divided opinion also announced a revised legal theory of induced infringement, remanded the case to the trial court giving Akamai an opportunity for a new trial to attempt to prove induced infringement. On December 28, 2012, Limelight filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to review the decision of the Federal Circuit regarding the standard for induced infringement in cases where multiple parties may perform various steps of a patented claim. Akamai filed a cross petition asking the Court to also review the standard for direct infringement in those cases. On June 24, 2013, the Supreme Court asked the Solicitor General to weigh in on the petition for certiorari.[37] In June, 2014, the Supreme Court reached a unanimous decision rejecting Akamai's claim of "induced infringement"[38]

Major customers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Specific citations:

  1. ^ a b "Limelight Networks, Inc. (LLNW) Company Financials". NASDAQ. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Lviv: The European cultural capital you've never heard of". CNN. July 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  3. ^ See http://www.limelightnetworks.com/network-delivery/ "connections to over 900 networks around the world."
  4. ^ http://blog.limelight.com/2014/06/behind-the-curtain-delivering-the-2014-world-cup/
  5. ^ Orchestrate
  6. ^ Casacchia, Chris (July 26, 2006). "Limelight Networks scores $130M equity deal". 
  7. ^ See http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/06/10/limelight-return-of-the-first-day-ipo-pop/
  8. ^ Schumacher, Eric. "The 2008 Streaming Media All-Stars". Streamingmedia.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  9. ^ Frost & Sullivan Lauds Limelight for its Expansive Product Innovation and Capability, Beyond the Scope of a Traditional Online Video Platform
  10. ^ Forrester Wave Report: Q1 2013
  11. ^ "Limelight Networks Expands Its Content Delivery Network Relationship with Musicmatch" (Press release). April 24, 2002. 
  12. ^ http://www.limelightnetworks.com/2007/08/limelight-networks-teams-with-microsoft-to-deliver-next-generation-network/[dead link]
  13. ^ "A New Earth: Are You Ready to be Awakened?". Oprah.com. 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  14. ^ "Shelly Palmer: Oprah's Webcast: State-of-the-Art, But Not What You Think". HuffingtonPost.com. 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  15. ^ Donohue, Steve. "NBC Banks on New Technology for Olympics". Contentinople. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  16. ^ Katz, Leslie (2009-01-17). "Microsoft's Silverlight: Yes, we can". CNET News. cnet.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  17. ^ Fried, Ina (2008-07-31). "What it takes to bring the Olympics to the PC". International.com.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  18. ^ "The Walt Disney Internet Group - Press Release". disney.go.com. 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  19. ^ Rayburn, Dan (2009-01-27). "Limelight To Akamai: "My Network Is Bigger Than Your Network", The Debate Begins". StreamingMediaBlog.com. streamingmedia.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  20. ^ Frommer, Dan (2009-03-20). "Limelight Picking Up Steam In Mobile Video". BusinessInsider.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  21. ^ http://www.cdn-advisor.com/limelight-networks-helps-stream-various-global-sports-events/
  22. ^ LLNW Press Release: Limelight Brings Live Action of World's Largest Sporting Events to Global Fans, July 26, 2012.
  23. ^ http://www.limelightnetworks.com/2009/05/limelight-networks-acquires-mobility-and-monetization-innovator-kiptronic-inc/[dead link]
  24. ^ "Limelight Networks Closes on EyeWonder Acquisition". llnw.com. 2010-05-03. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  25. ^ http://www.limelightnetworks.com/2010/08/limelight-networks-acquires-online-video-publishing-innovator-delve-networks/[dead link]
  26. ^ Johnston, Mike (May 3, 2011). "Clickability acquired by Limelight Networks". cmscritic.com. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  27. ^ "Upland Software Acquires Clickability Web Content Management Business". uplandsoftware.com. 2013-12-23. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  28. ^ "Boston Globe, July 15, 2006 - Akamai, MIT hit Limelight with patent suit - Companies are rivals in Net content delivery". Boston.com. 2006-07-15. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  29. ^ "GigaOM, July 11, 2006 - Akamai Sues Limelight Networks". Gigaom.com. 2006-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  30. ^ UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS. "AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC., et al. v. LIMELIGHT NETWORKS, INC. ORDER REGARDING CLAIM CONSTRUCTION" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  31. ^ http://www.limelightnetworks.com/2009/04/court-rules-limelight-networks™-does-not-infringe-akamai-patent/
  32. ^ "Updated: Akamai Prevails In Court Over Limelight; $45 Million Award; Limelight Shares Crushed — Tech News and Analysis". Paidcontent.org. 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  33. ^ "Level 3 Communications, LLC v. Limelight Networks, Inc. - 2:2007cv00589 - Justia Federal District Court Filings and Dockets". Dockets.justia.com. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  34. ^ http://www.limelightnetworks.com/2009/01/limelight-networks-found-not-to-infringe-on-level-3-patents/[dead link]
  35. ^ Ando, Ritsuko (January 23, 2009). "Jury says Limelight did not infringe Level 3 patents". Reuters. 
  36. ^ Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. (April 25, 2011). "Petition Granted for Rehearing en banc of Akamai Technologies v. Limelight Networks". The National Law Review. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  37. ^ LLNW Form 10-Q for the period ending June 30, 2013.
  38. ^ http://patentlyo.com/patent/2014/06/8151.html
  39. ^ "Limelight Networks Delivers Amazon Unbox". Press Release. Limelight Networks. 
  40. ^ "Limelight to Provide CDN and Digital Presence for Capcom". CDN-Advisor.com. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  41. ^ "DirecTV and Limelight Networks: Reaching More Viewers with HTTP Dynamic Streaming". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  42. ^ See last paragraph of this press release: http://corporate.disney.go.com/wdig/news_release/2008/2008_06_26_camprock.html
  43. ^ "In the Limelight » Blog Archive » Welcome to In The Limelight". Blog.llnw.com. 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  44. ^ Limelight Networks Announces Extended Relationship With Facebook from redorbit.com[dead link]
  45. ^ See first paragraph of http://www.limelightnetworks.com/2008/03/limelight-networks-introduces-live-event-services/
  46. ^ Miller, Rich (January 16, 2007). "Netflix to Offer Streaming Movies". DataCenterKnowledge.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  47. ^ http://www.limelightnetworks.com/2008/05/limelight-networks-selected-by-nissan-motors-to-deliver-japanese-web-site/[dead link]
  48. ^ "Press Release - Limelight Networks Content Delivery Technology Adopted for Playstation 3 And PSP System Software Updates". Gameinfowire.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  49. ^ "We are the Pornhub team. Ask Us Anything.". Reddit.com. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  50. ^ "Cloud Computing, Managed Hosting, Dedicated Server Hosting by Rackspace". Rackspace.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  51. ^ "In the Limelight » Blog Archive » Providing Content Delivery Services for TOYOTA Motor Corporation". Blog.llnw.com. 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  52. ^ "XO Communications Launches CDN Services Using Limelight’s Managed CDN Platform". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  53. ^ "AS22822 LLNW-AS Limelight Networks, INC. proxy A". Retrieved 2014-09-15. 

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