- Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Application Development Platforms
- Sensors - Level Sensors
- National Security & Defense
- Logistics & Transportation
- Traffic Monitoring
- Transportation Simulation
- System Integration
- Testing & Certification
Gannett, the largest news publisher in the U.S., faced a significant challenge in maintaining its competitive edge in the fast-paced world of digital news publishing. The company's previous content delivery solution relied on a time-to-live-based method for purging content, which resulted in a delay of 45 to 90 seconds before a piece of content could go live. This delay was a significant disadvantage in an industry where being the first to publish a story can significantly impact future traffic to a site. Additionally, Gannett's previous solution did not provide the granular control and visibility needed to handle large traffic spikes effectively. The company also faced challenges in deploying configuration changes, which required a minimum of 60 minutes and often involved going through their previous provider. This process was inefficient and limited the ability of Gannett's developers to make changes quickly and independently.
About The Customer
Gannett is the largest news publisher in the U.S., with nearly 300 local news brands and a national publication, USA Today. The company reaches more than 150 million users with its Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences, and benefits. Gannett prides itself on building an exceptional user experience and is committed to being the first to publish breaking news stories. The company is also dedicated to innovation and is always looking for ways to improve its sites and apps. Gannett was an early adopter of Fastly's edge cloud platform and has used it to build significant efficiencies into its pipeline and secure the end-to-end user experience.
Gannett addressed these challenges by switching to Fastly's edge cloud platform. This platform enabled Gannett to push content live in an average of 150 milliseconds, significantly improving its ability to be the first to publish breaking news stories. Fastly's Instant Purge functionality was a key component of this improvement. Gannett also built a custom load-balancing solution using Fastly's edge dictionaries, VCL snippets, and backend health checks, which provided the granular control and visibility needed to handle large traffic spikes effectively. Fastly's platform also enabled Gannett's developers to deploy configuration changes in less than five seconds, a 98.86% improvement over the previous platform. This change empowered Gannett's developers to manage their own configurations and streamline workflows. Additionally, Gannett used Fastly's Image Optimization product to store a single asset at the edge and deliver it to multiple publications in any defined crop, resulting in cost savings and faster user experiences.
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