Skytide Blog

Skytide is now part of Citrix

December 9th, 2013

Skytide officially became part of Citrix today.

Chris Koopmans, VP & GM of Service Provider Platforms at Citrix, announced the news in his blog post today, excerpted below.

Today, I’m happy to share that Citrix has acquired Skytide, a privately-held company that enables service providers to measure and monitor streaming video as a critical part of their CDN video delivery infrastructure. The holistic understanding Skytide delivers – and the insight that flows from it – is what enables the service providers as well as the businesses in each of these domains to strike the appropriate balance between the cost of delivery, the quality of the experience and the revenue implications for the stakeholders.

The acquisition of Skytide builds on our current service provider business, extending our reach beyond mobile and into the CDN, thereby benefitting communications service providers of all varieties. We’re excited to welcome to our team a talented group of innovators who excel in analytics software design; and who share our commitment to customer excellence and passion for defining the leading edge of video delivery.

We share Chris’s enthusiasm and look forward to the new opportunity as part of Citrix.

Skytide Awarded New Patent for Big Data Analytics

January 15th, 2013

The number 8,346,811 didn’t mean a thing to us here at Skytide until recently, but now it’s sheer mention conjures up a smile.

Today we’re happy to share the news that we’ve been issued United States Patent Number 8,346,811, which covers our method for analyzing and reporting extensible data from multiple sources in multiple formats.

Skytide nominated for Streaming Media award

September 19th, 2012

It’s always nice to receive good news.

Skytide has been nominated for the 2012 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards in the Analytics & Reporting Solution category. We’d certainly appreciate your vote. Cast your ballot here. It only takes a few seconds.


Understanding the CDN Economics of Build vs. Buy

May 7th, 2012’s Dan Rayburn provides some more details here about the “CDN Economics of Build vs. Buy” panel at the upcoming Content Delivery Summit in New York. Skytide’s CEO, Michael O’Donnell will be participating alongside Comcast’s Jacob Rosenberg and Jet-Stream’s Scott Landman.

There will be a lot of interesting terrain to cover including:

  • The value of building a Telco CDN compared to buying from a third party
  • What operator CDNs need to do to compete on analytics and reporting and its importance in network optimization and monetization
  • Operational considerations and challenges of the build vs. buy decision
  • The total cost  of ownership argument and architectural considerations
  • Other factors such as geography and service provider size that can impact the build vs. buy decision


Skytide to Sponsor Content Delivery Summit

April 26th, 2012

After attending the Content Delivery Summit in New York for the past few years, we decided to up the ante and become a Gold Sponsor. It’s a very intimate, focused conference that really hones in on the issues affecting the content delivery ecosystem.

Skytide President & CEO, Michael O’Donnell will participate in a panel discussing the “CDN Economics of Build vs. Buy,” a subject that is particularly relevant given the rise of Telco CDNs (service providers that are increasingly choosing to build their own CDNs rather than purchase CDN service from a third party). The panel will address questions such as:

• What’s the best path, economically, for operators contemplating a CDN strategy?
• Build it, or rent capacity from a growing roster of third-party partner CDNs?
• What are the tradeoffs associated with CDN planning and implementation?

While there are some very compelling reasons for operators to build their own CDN solution, they would be best served to select an out-of-the-box analytics and reporting solution rather than attempt to build one from scratch. View the slideshow below to see why.

Skytide Selected as “Cool Vendor” by Gartner

April 23rd, 2012

It always feels gratifying to be praised, but to be lauded as “cool” may be the highest form of flattery.

So, we’re thrilled to be designated by Gartner, Inc. as a “Cool Vendor in Communication Service Provider Infrastructure.”* Full details here.

In recognizing Skytide, Gartner specifically acknowledged our ability to handle the volume and complexity that adaptive bitrate streaming demands. Adaptive streaming — also called smooth streaming or dynamic streaming — is an increasingly popular technology that enables communications service providers to dynamically change the quality of online video based on available bandwidth. But…. it’s a real beast to measure. View the slideshow below to see why.

*Gartner, Inc., Cool Vendors in Communications Service Provider Infrastructure, 2012, Akshay K. Sharma, Deborah Kish, April 5, 2012.


About the Cool Vendor:

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Skytide Appoints Hamid Bahadori as CTO and Vice President of Engineering

March 20th, 2012

LONDON — (Marketwire) — 03/20/12 — IP&TV World Forum — Skytide, the leader in Online Video Management Analytics and sponsor of the IP&TV World Forum, today announced that it has appointed Dr. Hamid Bahadori as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering. A 24-year veteran of the software industry, Bahadori has held senior management positions at web analytics, business intelligence and performance management providers, designing and managing large-scale product architectures and applications.

Prior to Skytide, Bahadori served as Vice President of Product Development and Hosted Operations for Adaptive Planning, Inc. He has also served as Vice President of Engineering and Hosted Operations at Webtrends, as well as Vice President of Engineering at Coremetrics (acquired by IBM). Other past positions include: Founder & CEO of Kooh10 Technology, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Actuate, Senior Director of Engineering at Oracle and Senior Staff Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“We’re excited to add Hamid to our management team at this pivotal phase of our company’s growth,” said Michael O’Donnell, Skytide’s President & CEO. “His technical leadership and vision will enable Skytide to expand upon the success of our industry-leading CDN analytics solution and to introduce new applications across the broader digital media and big data ecosystems.”

Bahadori received a PhD in Computer Science and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his graduate studies, Bahadori received Bachelor of Science degrees from Purdue University in Computer Engineering and Math.

“I’m delighted to join Skytide,” said Bahadori. “The rise of online video and big data is creating a lot of market disruption and I believe that Skytide’s core technology and domain expertise position it well to capitalize on this disruption.”

About Skytide:

Skytide, the leader in Online Video Management Analytics, provides content delivery providers and digital media companies with the most complete operational view of their streaming video businesses, delivering the information necessary to make better-informed business decisions. Skytide is venture-backed and works with leading digital media and technology companies including: British Telecom, Broadpeak, Cisco, Clear Channel Communications, Ericsson, HP, Juniper Networks, Tata Sky, Telecom Argentina, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Telstra.

Skytide keynotes at CDN Asia 2012 conference

February 8th, 2012

Ask not what the CDN conference can do for you, but what you can do for the CDN conference.

Not only did we participate in the “Monetizing CDN Services” panel at this week’s CDN Asia conference in Hong Kong; when a speaker dropped out from another presentation, Skytide’s Roy Peterkofsky quickly stepped in with an impromptu presentation on the “7 Online Video Trends to Watch in 2012.”  You can read our white paper of the same name here.


Skytide white paper featured among 12 best

December 23rd, 2011

Much love to Slideshare.  They featured Skytide’s 7 Online Video Trends to Watch in 2012 among their 12 best presentations with predictions.