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EdgeCast Eyes CDN Federation

With talk of CDN federation on the rise, EdgeCast wants to make sure its name isn't left out

Craig Matsumoto

January 9, 2012

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EdgeCast Eyes CDN Federation

EdgeCast Networks Inc. announced Monday that it's licensing its content delivery network (CDN) software to carriers, creating the potential for federated CDNs.

EdgeCast runs its own CDN, which carriers can resell to their customers. But for more than two years Edgecast has also been selling the software to operators that have opted to build their own CDNs. Monday's announcement is EdgeCast's first public acknowledgement of this part of the business.

The company is also saying that one Tier 1 U.S. carrier is running one of these licensed CDNs. EdgeCast isn't allowed to say who, but a report a year ago said it was AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T).

Why this matters
Why bother announcing the licensing business when "everybody in town knows we do this," as EdgeCast President James Segil puts it? Because EdgeCast wants to be known for having a head start on competitors, particularly Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM), when it comes to bragging about federating CDNs -- that is, connecting CDNs to one another for expanded reach.

Akamai is big on the idea, as are some carriers and vendors. Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is working in this direction with its CloudBand architecture, for instance.

Standing out as a frontrunner might be particularly important considering there are no standards for CDN federation yet.

For more
Recent CDN news:

  • Akamai Goes Mobile by Acquiring Cotendo

  • AlcaLu Unveils Its Carrier Cloud Play

  • Telco CDNs Make OTT Tolerable

  • Will the Cloud Swallow the CDN?

  • AT&T's CDN Dreams

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Craig Matsumoto

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Yes, THAT Craig Matsumoto – who used to be at Light Reading from 2002 until 2013 and then went away and did other stuff and now HE'S BACK! As Editor-in-Chief. Go Craig!!

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