If you're using Adaptive Media Delivery (AMD), you may want to define different behaviors for different use cases within a single Property Manager configuration ("property") to simplify the configuration process, and also get the best performance, by applying best practices for each use case.

The old way vs. the new way: Mixed Mode Configuration

With a traditional AMD property—the "old way"—the various use case-based behaviors for optimization are limited to the Default Rule in the property, which uses a match criteria of "all requests." A Mixed Mode Configuration (MMC)—the "new way"—lets you set up a single property and include these behaviors in multiple rules, and set up different match criteria.

Where once you had to create an individual property to deliver on demand media, and another to deliver live media, you can now create one. You had to create one property to optimize delivery of lower resolution of content, and a second to optimize delivery of higher resolution content. Now you can create a single property to optimize delivery of both, based on specific match criteria. In some cases, you can even combine multiple MMC use cases into a single property.

You'll need additional documentation

This document offers use case examples for MMC with your AMD property, but not full details on property creation. It works in conjunction with the following documents:

  • The Adaptive Media Delivery - Implementation Guide. This offers full details on property creation for AMD. This is openly available on the Learn Akamai site.
  • The Property Manager Help. The Property Manager in Control Center is used to create a property, and various processes discussed here apply to all properties. This requires Akamai Control Center account access.

Links to these documents are included when applicable.