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Financial Business Systems

Case Study

Financial Business Systems turns to Limelight Networks’ Edge Services to Manage Storage and Delivery of Large Real Estate Image Library

FBS is the leading innovator of Multiple Listing Service (MLS) technology and one of the most recognized and respected real estate industry software brands. Fargo, ND-based and 100% employee-owned, FBS is dedicated to providing powerful and innovative products with responsive, personal service.

The industry-leading Flexmls® Platform (mobile + web + IDX) delivers ultimate customization and flexibility to 289,000+ on-the-go real estate brokers and agents. Spark®, the industry’s first standards-driven and most widely used Web API, and the FloPlan® System, easy and affordable floor plans generated by a simple smartphone scan, round out a family of products that put MLSs, brokers, and agents in full control of their data and brand.

FBS Challenge

With virtual house tours in high demand during the Covid-19 pandemic, Financial Business Systems (FBS) needed a better way to store its vast library containing 25 years of images totaling 90 million objects in its Flexmls Platform.
Important goals also included avoiding the cost of storing multiple versions of each image and delivering high-performing online experiences.

"In the last year online house tours took on an important role as in many cases open houses weren’t an option. Storing multiple versions of each image is prohibitively expensive. My team needed a way to instantly resize a firehose of requests and deliver the right image to any connected device. To help us solve this challenge I turned to our team at Limelight. They’re great partners and when we have a challenge to solve such as this one, they always come back with a solution."

Jaison Freed, Vice President of Hosting at FBS

FBS Solutions

FBS turned to Limelight Networks EdgeFunctions platform to host software that instantly resizes images for optimizing virtual viewing of homes on any connected device. With EdgeFunctions serverless computing, FBS is able to tap into Limelight’s global network and deploy and run its own code to resize the images on the fly. In addition, with Limelight Intelligent Ingest FBS has automated the process of migrating content to Limelight Origin Storage so that when content that is not already in cache is requested, it is accessed from legacy origin storage, delivered to the user, and automatically added to Limelight Origin Storage. This combination of Limelight’s serverless edge compute, storage and content delivery services improves workflows, reduces costs and allows FBS to easily scale to meet the needs of its growing business.