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Fastly API Management Boosts Gannett | USA TODAY Network's Global Response Times and Scalability

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Technology Category
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - API Integration & Management
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Application Development Platforms
Applicable Industries
  • Cement
  • Construction & Infrastructure
Applicable Functions
  • Logistics & Transportation
Use Cases
  • Construction Management
  • Infrastructure Inspection
Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
Gannett | USA TODAY Network, the largest local-to-national digital media organization in the U.S., faced the challenge of delivering news quickly and smoothly across the globe. The company required a network that could handle high traffic levels, especially during breaking news, without disruptions for end users. They also needed to be able to scale globally, integrate next-gen innovations effortlessly, and support a developer-first mindset. The company's business happens worldwide, necessitating a network that can deliver as efficiently in Europe or Asia as it does in the U.S. Furthermore, they needed to take advantage of cutting-edge technology and support developers in getting new products and enhancements into production safely and swiftly.
About The Customer
Gannett | USA TODAY Network is the country's largest local-to-national digital media organization. It includes its flagship brand, Gannett | USA TODAY Network, and more than 200 local news outlets in 43 states. The company's business happens across the globe, requiring a network that can deliver news just as quickly and smoothly in Europe or Asia as it does in the U.S. The company approached Fastly due to its reputation as a developer-first organization, and it has built a multi-tenant platform supporting more than 15 teams.
The Solution
Fastly API Management was chosen as the solution to Gannett | USA TODAY Network's challenges. Fastly's platform and people were able to support the company's growth and success in three primary ways: the capacity to scale globally, effortless integration of next-gen innovations, and a developer-first mindset. Fastly's infrastructure allowed Gannett | USA TODAY Network to expand and scale out, serving traffic reliably wherever they do business. Fastly also helped the company move fast to take advantage of cutting-edge technology, including the Fastly Edge Rate Limiting web interface and the Fastly Next-Gen WAF to enhance and fine-tune security for its origin servers. Fastly's developer-first organization supported developers in getting new products and enhancements into production safely and swiftly.
Operational Impact
  • Fastly's solution has enabled Gannett | USA TODAY Network to deliver more news faster without costing more. The company has been able to handle all requests at the CDN layer, taking a load off its own infrastructure. By leveraging Fastly's strategic POP distribution, the SRE team can route traffic optimally to multiple locations. The company has also been able to respond to large traffic spikes more effectively since switching to Fastly for API management. Developers can work on a product, and the SRE team can quickly take that product to the live production environment and end users. The team has SEO-based optimizations that use URL redirects and rewrites on Fastly, as well as caching and other configurations that optimize the front end.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Improved worldwide response times by 25-30%
  • Seamlessly supported news-driven traffic spikes
  • Reduced costs by leveraging Fastly's infrastructure instead of building out its own services

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