Apple is moving forward on plans to develop its own content delivery network
(CDN), reports well-known CDN and Internet Services analyst Dan Rayburn (via
_Ars Technica_). The Cupertino company is reportedly negotiating deals with
Internet Service Providers in order to ensure the efficient delivery of
content to its customers.
Apple may control the media for iTunes and iCloud customers, but it currently
outsources the delivery of this media to third-party companies like Akamai,
ceding control over the quality of service to these other companies. Apple
reportedly has been working for five years on its own CDN that would bring
content delivery in house, ensuring its customers can access data reliably and
quickly regardless of ISP or geographic location.
Apple has been deploying the necessary network hardware and recently started
forging interconnection deals with Internet Service Providers as it prepares
to shift content to its own CDN soon, claims Rayburn.
> Apple has been very busy with their build out deploying a lot of boxes
running Apache Traffic Server and buying a ton of transit, co-location,
wavelengths and other infrastructure services. Their CDN is quickly growing,
and it won’t be long before we start seeing a portion of ...