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Level3 Media Portal Overview

Category: CDN &nbsp

The Level 3 CDN Media Portal is the access point for managing the caching, streaming and storage tools for your content. Through this portal, you can view reports about your data and check how your content is played, among many other things.

Getting Started:

Log in to the Media Portal – the security method uses only your registered email address.

Use this format:

http://mediaportal.level3.com

username: your email address
password: your current Level 3 Media Portal password

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Site Admin

  • Role management
  • Access groups
  • API keys

Role Management

Confirm the permissions in a role created by Level 3 or create a new “Custom” role and assign permissions to it.

 

 

 

 

Access Groups

Check the contents of existing groups, create new child groups, assign services and then users to the groups. If users are not in the system, you can invite them while editing the access group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

API Keys

The Media Portal API provides the ability to request data directly about the CDN services for use in customer’s own processing. This option provides a key used in building authorization for the API requests.

The API provides access to three broad areas:

  • Historical reports
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Self-service ordering and provisioning.

 

 

 

 

 

 




Reports

  •  CDN Usage Reports

The Usage Reports Dashboard provides an overview of a month’s traffic for each service within the selected access group.

Opening the report: To open this report, select this menu option: Reports->CDN Usage Reports

The Usage Reports now include all services on a single navigational interface. To display a report, you select the access group first, then the service. At the left side of the Usage Reports screen, select the access group you would like to view, then select the product (Caching, Streaming or Storage) and a date range, and then click Go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also view a table of totals for the specified date range for the access group and all the properties within the group:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select any row in the table to see a time series chart below. Report type tabs at the bottom of the screen provide additional data views for the product.




Service Management

  • Content Invalidation

The term ‘Invalidation’ refers to the on-demand content expiration system for caching or streaming resources that is provided by CDN network.

An invalidation request specifies the information for resources that should be refreshed across the network. It is the combination of:

♦ Caching: Property and Path
♦ Streaming: Streaming ID and Path

In this feature, you can:

♦ Submit URLs or Streaming assets for invalidation
♦ Browse previously-submitted invalidation
♦ Query the database and check on the status of invalidation

Submitting invalidation requests:

In general, invalidate resources by following these steps:

♦ Select the Service Management, then choose Content Invalidation menu option.

♦ In the Access Group list on the left side, select the group associated with the resources to be invalidated.

♦ Click the New Request link.

♦ Select the Invalidation Type to be used for the request:

 Normal. Issues a GIMS (GET with an If-Modified-Since: header) request the next time the resource is requested (assuming that the resource being invalidated has a Last-Modified: header).

 Force. Makes an unconditional revalidation on the next request, which causes the resource to be reloaded.

♦ Check the Ignore Case box to match URLs in the invalidation request against resources in cache without regard to letter case.

♦ Check the Notify when complete box to request that an email be sent to your address when this invalidation is completed.

Note: An email alert is also sent if an invalidation is not complete within 12 hours.In the Property drop-down list, select the property that contains the resources to be invalidated.

You can preclude most of a long list by typing part of the property name.

Both Caching properties and Streaming IDs can be listed in the Property drop-down list if they exist in the access group. Select either.

 In the Path: field, type the path to the resource on the origin server relative to the web root. A path can be specified as either a complete path (in an abspath style), or it can use one or more wildcard specifications.

♦ Click the Submit button.

 

 

 

 

 

A confirmation screen displays listing all of the resources and paths to be invalidated.

If the list is correct, click OK.

A success message displays with the invalidation ID, signalling the start of the invalidation process.

Click OK to accept the success message.

 




Tools

  • Caching Real Time Monitoring
  • Streaming Real Time Monitoring

 

Caching Real Time Monitoring

The Media Portal displays a selection of data measures reported in near real time from the edge caching nodes. Snapshots of the data are gathered every five minutes and displayed as part of the totals in a regions table, time series chart and map.

The display is updated every 20 seconds, if new data is available. Data begins to be displayed after the access group is selected and continues to be collected as long as the chart or map is open. The real time data is not stored.

Use the Show Threshold option to display significant changes. When one of the data values increases or decreases more than the Threshold percentage, the value is displayed in another color. For example, an increase over 10% is displayed in green and a decrease over 10% is displayed in red.

Streaming Real Time Monitoring

The Media Portal displays real-time reporting from the edge streaming nodes. Snapshots of the data are gathered every 15 to 30 seconds and displayed as part of the totals in the Stream table and the time series displayed in the chart.

The real time data is not stored but you can email or save the contents of the table or chart after the data has been collected.

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