Evolution in Content Delivery: From CDN to the Edge and Disaggregation 

STL Partners and Varnish Software Leadership Report

This STL report covers the fast-changing trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the future of digital content creation, consumption, monetization, and delivery. It summarizes research conducted via in-depth interviews with senior executives from leading video service providers, streamers, video technology companies and other major industry players impacted the most by the evolution of content.


The research found that the edge computing market will generate $178 billion by 2026, with edge content delivery contributing to 18% of total addressable revenue. It answers the following questions:

  • What are the key industry trends impacting the future of content delivery?
  • What does edge content delivery network (CDN) really mean considering CDN has always been distributed in nature?
  • What is the size of the potential opportunity coming from edge computing?


The report also outlines emerging strategies that will be critical to capitalizing on the changing state of content, including:

  • Migrating traditional CDNs and caching models to the edge to better utilize bandwidth, lower latency and provide more flexible and scalable services.
  • Disaggregating content delivery architecture and decoupling hardware from software to gain greater visibility, control and choice when implementing new technologies.
  • Introducing more performant infrastructure with a greater throughput per watt ratio to control costs and minimize the carbon footprint, while still ensuring a flawless digital experience

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