Who is Distribution Cloud?
There are other Akamai resellers out there, but Distribution Cloud posts its prices publicly, starting at 50 GB for $150 per month ($3/GB), and going up to 1 TB for $2,200/month ($2.20/GB), with storage at $15/GB. That’s 10x the cost of Limelight with a Rackspace Cloud Files origin ($0.22/GB, no commit) — definitely not a commodity price, so it’s really the low commit that makes this interesting.
But the blog post got me wondering: Who is Distribution Cloud, anyway? Their website lists a phone number and the fact they’re in Cambridge, MA, but no address or anything else that indicates who the company is. A search on the phone number turns up that it’s registered to a David Reisfeld at 94 Rice St, phone service courtesy of Level 3. LinkedIn and Naymz have listings for a person who seems to match: a senior director, product management, CDN streaming services, at Level 3 — formerly a senior product manager at Akamai.
But that only deepens the mystery. Did Reisfeld run a reseller (since 2002, the site claims) while employed at Akamai, with the blessing of his employer? Is he fronting for a buddy? Is he still doing it while employed at a competitor, or is the name for the phone listing not current? If it’s not his company, whose is it?