When 2020 began, we predicted that the year would not just be “more of the same”. We were thinking in terms of technology, excitedly proclaiming the dawn of 5G and the maturation of edge computing.
Game downloads and updates have become behemoth in size (e.g., 200GB for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare) and continue to increase. Each technical improvement to the game itself leads to more bloat in the size, and the potential for slowing down the gaming experience overall. The slow pre-game download, installation and setup experience alone can take some of the shine off the fun.
Technology evolves alongside what is demanded of it. This is true for digital content delivery and more specifically for video streaming. As we head into the 5G content delivery era, what will content delivery -- and the traditional CDN look like? We draw on insights shared by CacheFly’s CTO Matt Levine in conversation with Varnish Software’s Technical Evangelist, Thijs Feryn to peek into the near future.
Multi-CDN strategies have changed the content delivery landscape, making it more competitive and comprehensive as things aren't limited to just one CDN. In the old days, content providers turned to a single CDN and demanded high-performance content delivery, and when the CDN inevitably ran into a problem, the content provider would move to another, and then another, before finally recognizing -- as the entire industry has -- that a multi-CDN strategy makes the most sense for delivering the best end-user experience.