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Slate Magazine, a digital media pioneer, faced significant challenges with their legacy Content Delivery Network (CDN). The CDN lacked the agility to purge content and complete updates at the speed required by the rapidly evolving digital media landscape. The process of waiting for a change to go live could take as much as 15 minutes, which was highly inefficient in the fast-paced digital media industry. Additionally, the legacy CDN charged on a per-service basis and required XML for updates, adding to the workload of Slate's already busy team of developers. These challenges prompted Slate to seek a more efficient and agile solution.
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Slate Magazine is a digital media pioneer that established its podcast network in 2005. By 2021, the network's website averaged 30 million unique viewers per month. Slate's podcast membership platform, Supporting Cast, backs not only Slate’s network but also those of NPR, Wondery, and other top podcasts and audiobook publishers. Supporting Cast is a platform that allows podcasters and their networks to offer exclusive episodes and audiobooks. It provides an individual RSS feed for each user, with each episode's URL being unique to a specific subscriber.
Slate Magazine switched to Fastly's edge cloud network, which significantly reduced their update time from 15 minutes to less than 5 seconds. This switch also eliminated the extra cost associated with spinning up a new domain, enabling developers to start testing new features and services without waiting for expense approval. In 2019, Slate launched Supporting Cast, a podcasting membership platform that uses Fastly's surrogate key purge to provide individual RSS feeds for each user and control access to content. Fastly's surrogate key purging can be applied to single mp3s, entire episodes, series, or users, allowing for granular control over content access. Fastly's compatibility with a CI/CD production environment also enabled Slate developers to deploy configurations immediately.
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