Amsterdam, The Netherlands – (The Hosting News) – June 16, 2008 – International business hosting services firm, LeaseWeb, has been selected by new multilingual Internet platform for live broadcasting, zaplive.tv, for LeaseWeb’s international hosting network.
Because of the size of the Dutch hosting provider LeaseWeb, the zaplive.tv went live in April 2008. Everyone can easily make his own programme or even his own web-tv via the portal, all for free.
Companies, institutions and private persons can stream concerts, parties, reports on hobbies or sport events, even press conferences, only using a webcam or camera and a computer with Internet connection. zaplive.tv not only is live but also interactive. Users can communicate via live chat and rate single broadcasts as well as commenting on them.
As an Internet start-up, zaplive.tv hopes to generate enough Internet traffic to attract advertisers within a year. Christian Steiger, Technical Director and Co-Founder of zaplive.tv explained, ”Our earning model depends on the Internet traffic we generate. And it started off well. We had a lot of interest from viewers in the first weeks. One point surely was our programme including performances of top ten bands. We had the finals of German premier league basketball and real Hollywood stars on the red carpet. And one user was streaming live from one of the biggest electronic parties in Germany with DJ-Sets from some of the world’s best DJs.”
The size of the hosting provider and the quality of its network are important success factors for zaplive. Mr. Steiger continued, ”The network uptime is extremely important for live streaming. We have chosen LeaseWeb because they are a very large hosting company having a lot of available bandwidth. At the moment, LeaseWeb’s hosting capacity even exceeds 200 Gigabits per second. That’s a lot. LeaseWeb enables us to grow fast because they always maintain adequate over-capacity also.”
zaplive definitely needs bandwidth because streaming is extremely bandwidth-intensive. Mr. Steiger added, ”You consume a lot more hosting bandwidth with streaming than if you only offer video-on-demand. And we use flash streaming, which means that we need even more hosting bandwidth on a relative scale. I expect that we will be consuming 2 Gigabits per second of bandwidth within a year, so we need significant hosting capacity from LeaseWeb.”
LeaseWeb offers zaplive.tv a Dell-based server infrastructure that is located at EvoSwitch, a CO2-neutral data centre based in the region of Amsterdam (www.evoswitch.com). The associated network infrastructure is fully Cisco based. LeaseWeb engineers handle the implementation and management of the hosting solution.
Mr. Steiger offered, ”Because we are based in Germany, a very practical aspect is that we can put our trust in the knowledge of their engineers. They helped us set up our streaming service. Fortunately, we do not have to travel to the Netherlands for the implementation and management.”
In the future, zaplive expects to be able to deploy the portal’s streaming design broader for companies that want to broadcast live images on their own website.
Mr. Steiger concluded, ”Naturally we first need to turn the existing portal to success, then we expect to be able to serve companies outside the portal as well. Companies that want to use zaplive’s streaming hosting design for their business, but wish to give their Internet broadcasts their own look and feel.”
zaplive is a multilingual portal for live streaming, based in Germany. Companies, institutions and private persons can use the streaming platform for a live and global broadcast of their events, such as concerts, parties, hobby reports, sport reports or press conferences. Users only need a camcorder or webcam and computer with Internet connection. The streaming technology, on which the platform is based, ensures that the live images can be displayed via the Internet. zaplive started in April 2008 after four months of hard work to take the platform into production.
LeaseWeb is an international supplier of hosting products and services that specializes in both Microsoft and Linux, and focuses primarily on the professional market. The company is among the top 20 hosting providers in the world and provides services such as web hosting, dedicated hosting, colocated hosting, VPS and streaming, as well as technical support. LeaseWeb owns a first-class Cisco-powered network offering a bandwidth of over 210 Gbps, which extends across five data centers in the Amsterdam region via the major telecom carriers. LeaseWeb is also present on Internet exchanges in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Frankfurt, New York, Vienna , Stockholm, Warsaw, Zurich, Prague and Madrid. Founded in 1997, hosting provider LeaseWeb now manages 11,000 servers. Its customers include Starbucks, Hyves, Telegraaf Media Groep, Koninklijke Joh. Ensched, PricewaterhouseCoopers, AVRO, Direct Wonen, and University.
For more information about zaplive, please visit: www.zaplive.tv.
To learn more, please visit: www.leaseweb.com.