Last week it came out that Apple has gone live with its own CDN. In my opinion, it’s not a particularly surprising move since the company likes to keep things in house, but what is surprising to me, is the size of it.
Dan Rayburn, Executive VP of Streaming Media and Principal Analyst for the research firm Frost & Sullivan, believes that the new Apple CDN has massive bandwidth capacity. Its been suggested that the CDN has more than 10X the amount of bandwidth they use on an average day.
So what does this mean? It seems to me like this CDN project is built to make sure Apple can handle peak times. During peak times, like the release of a new iOS, servers get jammed, as too many people are trying to access them and the CDN gets constrained. Just Google it, you’ll see see the internet is filled with complaints.
While Apple’s new CDN might fix their problems, most companies can’t just go out and build their own CDNs. Its just not economically feasible. So how can others fill their bandwidth needs? One cheaper and simpler solution is transferring data using Peer-to-Peer (P2P) technologies. P2P actually makes data transfer more scalable, as each additional user increases a content provider’s capacity to deliver information.
To learn more about one of these P2P options, follow the link below: