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$3 Million in Savings and Improved Performance: A Case Study Featuring StackPath

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Summary

When your business is all about providing cloud services at the edge, optimizing the quality of your network connectivity is paramount to customer success. Learn how StackPath saved $3 million and optimized their network performance by using Kentik.


Introduction

Here at Kentik, we’re all about sharing the real-world success stories of industry leaders using our platform to achieve incredible results. In this post, we’ll dive into our recently published StackPath case study that showcases how they used the Kentik Network Observability Platform to drive annual cost savings of over $3 million and enhance the performance of their cloud computing platform.

Understanding the need for network observability

In today’s digital landscape, businesses heavily rely on their networks to deliver seamless user experiences and ensure optimal performance. For StackPath, their network is the foundation of their service offering. StackPath offers a cloud computing platform at the edge of the internet and value-added services on top of this infrastructure. They serve telecom, internet, cloud services, security, and gaming industries and have been a Kentik customer since 2015.

StackPath has grown through product innovation and acquisitions, including MaxCDN, HighWinds, and Fireblade. However, these acquisitions presented new product and network consolidation challenges, leading StackPath to seek a trusted network observability partner.

For this case study, we spoke with Brad Raymo, vice president of network strategy at StackPath, who drives the company’s network expansion initiatives, manages peering relationships, and the optimization of network spend.

The collaboration

StackPath realized early on that network observability would be crucial in managing network integration and driving network efficiencies. Kentik was selected to gain deep visibility into its network infrastructure. With Kentik’s powerful platform, StackPath embarked on a journey to unlock cost savings and elevate its service delivery to new heights.

StackPath’s partnership with Kentik revolved around a shared vision of harnessing the power of network data to optimize performance and deliver exceptional user experiences. By leveraging Kentik’s advanced network analytics, StackPath gained deeper visibility, proactively identified issues, and made data-driven decisions to enhance its network operations.

The power of Kentik’s network observability solutions

Kentik’s platform provided StackPath with a comprehensive suite of tools and capabilities to monitor, analyze, and optimize its network performance. Here are some key features and benefits StackPath enjoyed through its partnership with Kentik:

  • Real-time visibility: Kentik’s real-time analytics gave StackPath granular visibility into network traffic, performance metrics, and application behavior. This invaluable insight allowed them to quickly identify bottlenecks, anomalies, and potential threats, enabling proactive network management and troubleshooting.

  • Actionable intelligence: Kentik’s intelligent alerts and customizable dashboards enabled StackPath to extract meaningful insights from their network data. By utilizing comprehensive visualizations and tailored reports, StackPath’s teams gained the ability to make data-driven decisions and optimize network resources effectively. This was especially important when faced with the challenge of integrating acquired networks.

  • Scalability and flexibility: Kentik’s cloud-native architecture seamlessly accommodated StackPath’s growing infrastructure and evolving business needs. With the ability to scale effortlessly, StackPath used Kentik’s platform to analyze massive volumes of network data and gain real-time insights across their entire network footprint.

  • Proactive performance optimization: StackPath identified performance bottlenecks and optimized its network infrastructure for enhanced delivery of content and services. By proactively addressing issues, StackPath significantly improved the user experience, reduced latency, and increased customer satisfaction.

Results worth celebrating

The collaboration between StackPath and Kentik delivered exceptional outcomes that surpassed expectations. StackPath achieved significant improvements in network observability, performance optimization, and user experience. Importantly, through peering and interconnection optimizations, StackPath found approximately $3 million in annualized savings with the help of the Kentik Network Observability Platform.

“When I joined the company, I did a full deep dive into how the traffic was flowing and where I could find cost and performance improvements. In my first months, I was able to find approximately $3 million in annual savings in just traffic engineering changes. This would not have been possible without the analysis and insights provided by the Kentik platform.” said Brad Raymo.

Along with these savings, StackPath has gained:

  • Enhanced network visibility allowing them to identify and address potential issues proactively
  • Faster issue resolution and reduced MTTR, with Kentik’s intelligent alerts and customizable dashboards, that allow the detection and resolution of network issues before they impact end-users
  • Improved user experience by optimizing network performance, reducing latency, and enhancing overall satisfaction
  • Efficient resource utilization by optimizing their network infrastructure, peering, and interconnection, ensuring efficient utilization of resources and cost savings.

Conclusion

The partnership between StackPath and Kentik exemplifies the transformative power of network observability. Kentik’s advanced analytics and real-time insights empowered StackPath to optimize its network infrastructure, elevate service delivery, and drive cost efficiencies. You can read or download the StackPath case study here.

To learn more about how Kentik can help your organization with unrivaled network observability, contact us now to set up a personalized demo.

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