- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Middleware & Microservices
- Sensors - GPS
- Logistics & Transportation
- Last Mile Delivery
- Search & Rescue
- System Integration
OpenStreetMap (OSM), an open-source global map built by 6.4 million volunteers, faced significant challenges with their content delivery. Their data, used worldwide for various applications, is updated frequently, sometimes every minute, and a new complete export of their data is published weekly. However, their initial solution of building their own content delivery network (CDN) with donated resources was fraught with difficulties. They struggled to obtain servers in certain regions, and map editors often complained about slow loading times. Their ability to detect and correct server issues was minimal. In 2019, a traffic spike caused by the London Marathon's new app led to the meltdown of OSM's custom-built CDN, forcing them to reroute traffic and seek a different solution.
About The Customer
OpenStreetMap (OSM) is an open-source global map built by 6.4 million volunteers who survey towns and countrysides around the world. They built the software that powers the project, from the interface to the underlying data access API, and they use a wiki-style collaborative editing tool and GPS units to update the data. The map images and the underlying data are released under an open-content license, free to use and openly accessible. OSM data is used all over the world for various applications, including routers, couriers, disaster response, and maps. Tens of thousands of websites use OSM’s data.
OSM turned to a modern CDN to address their challenges. Modern CDNs allow for the delivery of truly dynamic content that changes with every request from the edge instead of the origin. They offer the ability to instantly and selectively purge content, making it possible to cache a lot of content that would otherwise be uncacheable with traditional CDNs. Additionally, they provide real-time visibility into stats and logs to monitor API performance. OSM chose Fastly for their CDN needs due to the high level of control it could provide. They were able to write custom logic to limit invalid requests and reduce the load on their servers. They also improved their observability capabilities, enabling them to move from a defensive to a proactive posture. Fastly's CDN also improved the user experience, with users noting a massive improvement in performance.
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