Posted by : Randy Cooper in (CDN)

What defines a Content Delivery Network (CDN)?

Dan Rayburn brings up some excellent points in Amazon Slowly Turning Into A CDN For Video and you need to read the Wired article on Cloud Computing he mentions.

The points he brings up, makes one question what really constitutes a CDN? There are certain features that are inherent with a CDN but when are we providing a CDN and when are we just replicating and caching? Does that qualify one’s service offerings then as a CDN?

I guess the really scary part of this is that with the deep pockets of an Amazon.com, can the entire landscape of CDN providers as we know them change and go from unknowns to household names. Anyone who is near the bleeding edge knows CDN is our pathway to the future. Without CDN, large sites brimming with rich media and video laden cannot survive their own success.

http://blog.streamingmedia.com/the_business_of_online_vi/2008/04/amazon-slowly-t.html
http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/16-05/mf_amazon

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