Archive for June, 2012

Nobody likes to wait for panoramic images to load. At 360Cities, we strive to ensure that the awesome panoramic images of our unique community load as quickly as possible. One of the ways to obtain higher transfer speeds and reduce latency is by implementing a Content Delivery Network. A Content Delivery Network (CDN) means a distributed architecture of servers around the world from which the panoramic images are hosted and served.

So we’re pleased to announce the launch of CDN service for all of our panoramic images across 360Cities.

As a result of our CDN implementation, you can now view all panoramic images with lower latency and higher transfer speeds than ever before…wherever your location.

After rigorous testing, we chose Amazon Cloud Front as our CDN provider. One of the deciding factors is that Amazon serves our panoramic images from over 25 locations around the world. Since implementation, our panoramas are now loading in approximately 1/4 of the time as compared to pre-CDN implementation. In Europe and the Continental US, the speed improvement is even higher, with panoramic images loading in 1/7 the time it used to take!

Happy viewing!
360° panorama by Rick Drew.
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It's been used in many movies, including Transformers 3 and the most recent Nightmare on Elm Street. This Gothic church has been abandoned and slowly decaying since 1973. It's a favorite location for photographers, indie movie crews and more.
360° panorama by kiyoharu takamura.
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360° panorama by Krzysztof Zagajewski.
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360° panorama by panoristik.de.
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360° panorama by Willy Kaemena.
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Puerto Rico Day in 5th Avenue 2012
360° panorama by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com.
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At the end of a grey day the clouds opened and the golden light of the sun illuminated the Cappadocian tuff rocks.
360° panorama by Pierpaolo Fioravanti.
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360° panorama by Pierpaolo Fioravanti.
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360° panorama by Pierpaolo Fioravanti.
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