StrikeTracker 3.5 is Out (and Why You Should Care)

By Nathan Huey

One small step for Highwinds. One giant leap for StackPath-kind.

On December 4th, we released StrikeTracker 3.5, a new version of the Highwinds CDN portal and management console.

Although StackPath SecureCDN and MaxCDN customers (which probably includes you since you’re reading this blog) don’t use StrikeTracker, we wanted to share news of the release with our entire community. It's a key milestone in our work to integrate the legacy Highwinds, MaxCDN, and StackPath technologies and services into a single, world-class platform of secure edge services.

As you know, Highwinds joined StackPath earlier last year. We've all seen what usually happens when technology companies merge. The integration gets rushed, perhaps never fully completed, and instead of a sleek, synergized hybrid you end up with a Frankenstein's monster of mismatched and misfit pieces. And then the monster goes on to frighten and maim existing customers.

That seemed like, well, maybe a bad approach. We chose to take a smart and systematic approach instead.

First, we cross-trained our teams so that everyone had firsthand, in-depth understanding of both platforms. Each has unique strengths and equally unique designs. StackPath was built for a large and diverse customer base, self-service customer signup and management, and platform- and product-level security features including WAF and DDoS protection. Highwinds was designed to provide major enterprise and Fortune 100 customers massive scale, advanced features, and exceptionally granular control. We wanted everyone to be well-versed on both architectures, their technologies, and histories.

Only then were we able to intelligently plan out how our technologies would integrate into the ultimate secure edge services platform, and develop a multi-phased, multi-track integration plan.

One of those tracks has focused on designing and deploying a cloud-scale infrastructure edge network that will give our platform the foundation and power to grow, scale, and adapt for everything in our roadmap and things we (and you) haven’t even dreamed up. We’re far along that track and can’t wait to tell you even more.

Another track established a series of key, incremental changes to the existing platforms to make them more modular, move services to the technologies on which they will ultimately need to run, and begin establishing feature parity and standardized user experiences. That way we can minimize disruption for existing customers in the near and far terms.

Which brings us to StrikeTracker 3.5. On its face, it’s not all that different than StrikeTracker 3.4, but it includes a number of under-the-hood changes that far exceed the obvious fit-and-finish improvements. It’s now capable of even higher scale operations and ready to support additional products, simplified product management, and future tools and sales models.

Like I said, you won’t have seen this if you’re a SecureCDN or MaxCDN customer. But Highwinds CDN customers have given great feedback on the release and the direction we’re headed. We invite everyone to read the StrikeTracker 3.5 blog post, check out the overview videos, and let us know what you think.

Well, maybe not me, but tell someone here. : )

And stay tuned. We’ve been busy and look forward to showing you all that we’ve been up to this year.

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