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Midsize cloud Joyent has partnered with network appliance vendor Riverbed to create a "Content Delivery Cloud" to give developers on a budget a way to push data closer to users and reduce load times.

The Riverbed Stingray & Joyent Content Delivery Cloud service was announced by Joyent on Monday, and it lets the company's four data centers become locations for Stingray content-delivery points.

By doing this, Joyent hopes to tempt companies who are Riverbed customers with significant on-premises IT assets into trying out its cloud. Customers can use a Joyent dashboard to select whether to extend their Stingray network into Joyent bit barns of their choosing.

"We have one customer that saved 80 percent off of their Akamai bill," Joyent chief executive Henry Wasik, told El Reg. "The way it looks to them is they have a private CDN network."

Pricing for the service starts at $2,000 per month for a Stingray point in the Joyent cloud, and can go up according to traffic, delivery origins, and targets.

"For a larger organization, this is significantly more cost-effective than a third-party service," a Joyent spokesman told El Reg.

For a company that is known more for building new products, such as the Manta object store, and relying on advanced technologies, like the ZFS filesystem, the partnership is somewhat confusing. It comes just a week after Joyent's technology visionary Jason Hoffman announced his departure from the company.

Joyent's data centers are located in Amsterdam, Virginia, Las Vegas, and California. "It definitely favors US-centric businesses right now until Joyent has more data centers," Wasik said. ®

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