Internet and cultural preservation with Fastly and BevArt

    I'm Chris Chinchilla. Welcome to my podcast, an enthusiastic ramble through whatever has taken my interest the past week or so. Expect technology, games, history, travel, geekery, as always, much, much more. Welcome Chinchilla Squeaks with Chris Chinchilla. As always, it if it wasn't wouldn't it? subjects this week are Simon Wistow of Fastly and Christian Nielsen of BevArt. Now, here's my subtle link. Fastly, you possibly have heard of them. You've definitely experienced their work.

    They preserve the connectivity and, and relative speed of the internet. They keep it going. BevArt, they do the same for cultural heritage in museums. There we go. I told you it was a very subtle connection. Simon's interview was recorded at Web Summit and Christian's at Slush. So still two interviews from last year, slowly getting towards the end of that pile.

    There's been a lot and coming up soon is KubeCon in Paris in just over a month. So just as I'm emptying the, the, the hopper, I'll be adding a lot more into it. So there we go. And then I'll be back after those two interviews with a few small updates from me. So enjoy those and before I get stuck into them, here's a few words from sponsors.

    Now I'm joined by Simon Wistow of Fastly. Fastly is a name that probably lots of tech podcasts hear, but I thought I would actually speak to someone from them as opposed to just an advert. For someone who hasn't heard of Fastly or Isn't quite sure what it is. What, what is Fastly as a product and a service?


    So we are an edge cloud platform, which sounds like a lot of buzzwords, but basically we are a globally distributed network that does CDN, security, real time content delivery, analytics, all those kind of things all integrated into one platform which is spread all over the world. And in


    some respects, you say those are the kind of edge buzzword, but I think you've probably been doing that since before raking out a buzzword in some respects.

    So what is the history


    of the company? So we founded about 12 years ago. And it was back in 2010 2011 is when we kind of had the idea and then started building it. And it was kind of originally The original Genesis, the idea was, me and my co founders were complaining about the state of CDNs Like, the dominant player was, is still Akamai.

    Akamai is very much rooted in its 1998, like, origin roots around how the web was built then. Not, couldn't do, couldn't cache dynamic content. Like, deploys of new configs took hours, updating config took an hour, you got your logs FTP'd to you once every 24 hours, you did your config via XML, but then you had to have your, you know, you had to have your account rep, like, go and look over and make sure it was okay.

    It was Basically a nightmare, like, and this was not the way that we built websites, and our co founder was CTO of Wikia, which is sort of now fandom, the sort of commercial offshoot of Wikipedia. So they have people like WowWiki, which is the World of Warcraft wiki, and Muppetpedia, and Wikipedia, which is the Star Wars wiki.

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