The CDN has become a standard part of web content delivery, designed to make performance more reliable and scalable. For much of the life of the web, a lot of this content has been static and didn’t face big delivery challenges. As the web has grown and content of all types, particularly video, has proliferated, this has changed, as have the challenges.
Being ready for anything is a tall order, particularly when it comes to managing the ebb and flow of global internet content delivery. Content delivery networks (CDNs) have long been the go-to for managing internet traffic, but as users demand seamless availability and speed in accessing content from all their devices, one single CDN provider is not always going to be able to guarantee best performance. Like a lot of these things, there are multiple considerations that go into best performance, like geography and the type of content being accessed. With a commercial, third-party CDN, many such key considerations are no longer in your hands.
OK, fine, not for free per se, but using bandwidth that you’ve already paid for.
The content delivery solution market is constantly evolving - in large part to provide CDN users more choice, flexibility and convenience in the way they deliver content, based on their own needs. Even the big players in the market are shifting toward greater agility and meeting users where they are to deliver content on their terms while newer players develop and launch exciting new content delivery solution options.