Amazon Goes Into the CDN Business
"Some customers use S3 for content delivery for long-tail content and the service works great, but for very popular content, customers said they were interested in edge delivery," says Adam Selipsky, vice president of product management for Amazon Web Services.
The announced service will follow the same no-commitment and pay-as-you-go pricing model of other Amazon Web Services, which could be attractive for some existing S3 users or for small and medium-sized businesses that want to sign up for CDN services, but don't want to go through the hassle of negotiating contracts.
But the service is missing a lot of features and functionalities that most CDN competitors consider table stakes, particularly when serving content for media sites.
Initially, Amazon plans to offer HTTP services only, which will allow customers to accelerate delivery of media files, progressively downloaded video, or popular static Web content. However, it won't support any forms of streaming or live video services that companies like Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM), Limelight Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: LLNW), and others offer as a matter of course.
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— Ryan Lawler, Contentinople