As consumers continued demand more high-quality content over the Internet, service providers are finding it difficult to increase revenues while containing costs. This is due mainly to two trends: (1) over-the-top (OTT) content providers having outsourced delivery of content to pure-play content delivery network (CDN) companies and (2) traffic growth (with no resulting revenue benefit), increasing network build-out and maintenance costs.
In response, many SPs have begun to utilize CDNs within their networks. While this approach has helped, results have been limited. Now, SPs are exploring the potential of CDN federations, which Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) defines as multi-footprint, open CDN capabilities built from resources owned and operated by autonomous members.
IBSG has developed a paper that addresses this issue. Titled “Content Delivery Network (CDN) Federations: How SPs Can Win the Battle for Content-Hungry Consumers”, it can be found on the Service Provider Thought Leadership section. At this site, you will find a number of interesting, provocative papers on various subjects relating to the service provider segment.
This paper provides an overview of the trends and challenges facing SPs today with regard to content delivery, describes a Cisco-led CDN federation pilot and results to date, and lays out the next steps for the pilot in an effort make CDN federations a reality.
Check it out, and the others, as well . . .