Friday, June 27, 2008

CDN In A Box

The CDN market is set for some startling changes between now and the end of the year. The Level3 and AT&T moves I've previously blogged about, and now a new product to be launched soon by Swedish company Edgeware has me very excited indeed.

This company already provides ultra high bandwidth and low power server to the IPTV industry and are soon to launch an Internet TV box.

So, with a couple of these 1u boxes and a couple of 20GB pipes you could easily handle 50,000 concurrent connections. Power issues are minimal (one of the real problems of running a CDN) and flash storage is far more reliable than mechanical hard drives, so reliability and management time should be reduced. Basic load management is also built in.

To date, this has been an expensive and difficult industry to enter, but this latest development means that there's a further shadow over the established players such as Akamai (AKAM), Limelight (LLNW) and Internap (INAP).

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