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Limelight Origin Storage Services


Limelight Origin Storage Services is the intelligent solution for driving great user experience through content delivery networks (CDNs). Simplify your workflow with ingest automation, high availability, global scale, multi-CDN support, and excellent value. And keep your audience engaged with fast, reliable delivery of video-on-demand, file distribution, web acceleration, gaming, or e-commerce content.

Challenges Managing Origin Storage For Content Delivery

Your content is the foundation of your digital presence. However, managing a large amount of content can be a challenge. You need an efficient workflow to add new content, ensure access in multiple regions, secure and protect your content, and control cost. And most importantly, you need to deliver great customer experience every time, for every piece of content, to every user location. Content delivery networks ensure fast delivery, but when a piece of content isn’t cached it must be retrieved from origin storage. Traditional onsite or cloud storage often suffers unacceptably slow response, creating a poor user experience that can increase churn. Organizations are looking for easier and faster ways to upload and manage their content, and to ensure availability and flawless delivery at high volume and scale.

How Limelight Origin Storage Services Solve the Challenges

Limelight Origin Storage Services address those challenges in a variety of ways. First, the virtually unlimited, distributed capacity ensures that organizations have the space to store their growing supply of digital content regardless of the type of file. Second, the integration and collocation with the Orchestrate Platform ensures that content is retrieved quickly from origin storage— significantly faster than ordinary cloud storage. Third, the distributed nature puts content much closer to the user and provides protection from spikes in demand, no matter where or when they occur. Fourth, our Origin Storage Services support multiple ingest methods including Aspera for ultra-fast uploading of content. Finally, a robust API library provides powerful and flexible capabilities for moving, uploading, and handling content, letting you integrate object storage directly into your workflow.

Business Benefits

Improve Content Response Time and Availability

Engage your users with fast response and sustained quality every time, for every piece of content, for every user location.

Automate Your Workflow

Save time and resources with tools that automatically replicate and place content close to your users.

Secure Your Content

Protect against downtime, loss of data, harm to your brand and other consequences of cyber-attacks.


Automatic Replication

Save time and resources, and locate your content close to your audience. Simply choose replication policies to automate and streamline the management and replication of your key content.

Intelligent Ingest

Now it’s easier than ever to accelerate all your content. Automatically upload into Origin Storage Services based on either user demand or a manifest. See separate datasheet for more information.

Flexible Upload

In addition to Intelligent Ingest, you can upload content from locations worldwide using a web-based GUI, Limelight’s API which supports multi-part uploads, Aspera, and legacy protocols including FTP, SCP, SFTP, RSYNC, and FTP-SSL.

High-Speed Retrieval

Deliver any asset lightning-fast. Limelight’s high-performance storage is collocated and tightly integrated within the Orchestrate Platform. Content is automatically accessed from the fastest site.


Use Limelight’s Web-based GUI, or our REST-based API which supports JSON-RPC 1.0 and JSON-RPC 2.0.

  • Authentication—Log in and log out.
  • Upload—Entire file or multi-part upload.
  • Object and Hierarchy Management—Create a directory, delete a file, delete an object or directory, rename a file or directory, move files from one directory to another.
  • Object Listing—Geographic locations, file statistics, mtime information.
  • Publication—Set when a file becomes available e.g. during upload, after last byte is written, or upon policy replication.

Unlimited Object and Library Sizes

Object-based architecture supports virtually unlimited object sizes and total capacity for maximum flexibility.

CDN Integration and Multi-CDN Support

Fully integrated with the Orchestrate Platform for efficiency and performance across Limelight’s and others’ Content Delivery Networks.

Scalability and Flexibility

Scale on-demand as needs change, choose different replication policies for different libraries.

Security and Protection

Storing your content within the Orchestrate Platform protects against the new breed of distributed cyber-threats. The globally distributed infrastructure is able to absorb attacks across its large defense surface. Additional Cloud Security Services are also available.

Origin Storage Services in Action!

When a large online retailer was looking to scale its website and improve responsiveness, it turned to the next step in performance optimization— Limelight Origin Storage Services. These services ensured that thousands of media content files were stored closest to the retailer’s customer base. The result? Content requests that were cache misses began behaving like cache hits, and the website‘s performance was further optimized during the heaviest holiday period of the year.

About the Orchestrate Platform

Limelight Orchestrate is a cloud-based suite of software built on top of a world-class content delivery network (CDN) that enables you to deliver any kind of digital content—websites, video, file downloads, games—to anywhere, on any supported device.