Flash AlertIn the wake of the recent breach of computer security company Hacking Team, several exploitable bugs (known as zero-days due to their previously undisclosed nature) were brought to light around the Adobe Flash platform.

As a response to this worrying turn of events some of the largest browser companies have taken the prudent and customer-centric approach of completely disabling the Flash platform altogether (See: Google and Mozilla Pull the Plug on Adobe Flash and Mozilla Blocks Flash as Facebook Security Chief Calls for its Death) and calls have gone out for the remainder of the top five browser companies to follow suit.

Transitioning From Flash When Using CDN

At Highwinds we’ve seen this impending liability, along with many other shortcomings of Flash dependency, due for a reckoning for quite some time now. That foresight was behind our decision to drop Flash specific delivery protocols like RTMP.

If Flash disappears overnight it will certainly catch some tech companies off guard but support for the technology has clearly been waning for quite some time now. We’ve long vocalized our preference for the adoption of open standards such as HTML5 and HLS video, and have focused our efforts on supporting those technologies with our CDN delivery and our new EveryStream media tool chain.

While some media companies were quick to leave RTMP, others opted for a longer transition period. Over time, many of those content providers have moved most or all of their traffic to new delivery formats. For those who have waited too long, there is a sudden and very real need to put a solution in place quickly. CDNs can help.

In addition to being completely set up to deliver content via ubiquitous HTTP and HTTPS protocols, they can also assist in the transcoding of content to these formats. Whether a website offering includes a handful of frequently viewed videos, or thousands of hours of rarely requested longtail video, the CDN can help implement a workflow to quickly transcode the files.

Once transcoded, the CDN pulls the new files from the customer origin, replicates the files across the global network of strategically located nodes, and then delivers the proper rendition upon each end-user request.

If you need assistance transitioning away from Flash to continue to provide accessible content to your users contact Highwinds and let them know you’re experiencing a “Flash Fire”.

Bradley Andrews

By Bradley Andrews, Product Director