Long rumored, Apple's custom content delivery network (CDN) is now apparently
live. The Apple CDN, which provides a more direct route from Apple's servers
to customers' devices, enables Apple to provide significantly faster downloads
of their products, as well as greatly increasing the available capacity for
when mass downloads (OS X and iOS updates) hit.
Per _Streaming Media Blog's_ Dan Rayburn:
> "Apple has more than 10x the capacity they are using today, all ready to go.
With Apple planning to release the beta version of their next desktop OS
today, Yosemite (10.10), and with iOS 8 expected to come out this fall,
Apple's putting in place a lot of capacity to support upcoming software
releases. Apple is still using Akamai and Level 3′s CDN services for iTunes
(Akamai), Radio (Level 3) and app downloads, but over time, much of that
traffic will be brought over to Apple's CDN. It's too early to know how much
traffic will come over and when, but Apple's already started using their own
CDN much faster than I expected."
It's estimated that Apple has spent well over $100 million building out their
CDN, which consists of both their own servers ...