CDN Roundup: Akamai, CDNetworks, EdgeCast

It’s been a busy week for the content delivery sector. Here’s a roundup:

  • CDN market leader Akamai Technologies (AKAM) defied concerns about competition and pricing pressure, surpassing Wall Street expectations with a strong earnings report. “Akamai’s results show no signs of pricing disruptions, despite the crowded field,” writes Rob Powell at Telecom Ramblings. “I don’t get the sense that they prospered at the expense of others in the sector, rather that the sector itself had a good quarter.”
  • Up and coming CDN EdgeCast has had a good run of late. Last week it picked up a big reseller deal with Deutsche Telekom, and yesterday it unveiled a similar agreement with managed hosting provider NaviSite, which will use EdgeCast to supersede its in-house service. Dan Rayburn has more.  
  • Network World has an update on the progress of CDNetworks, the large Korean CDN which last year launched an ambitious expansion into the US market. The company says it now has more than 120 customers in the US, and has added nodes in Australia and Brazil.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Since this was written, content delivery network EdgeCast Networks has really moved up. The Yankee Group now ranks them as the #3 CDN behind #1 Akamai and #2 Limelight. We use EdgeCast, love the service, not a glitch, reasonable price and delivers data as fast or faster than even Akamai. Darby

  2. Vick

    Since then Edgecast has become one of the leaders of the industry indeed. Actually, Akamai is still ranked #1 by the quantity of websites that use this network, but Edgecast can challenge it on its features set, scale, and performance. Acually, Akamai has one feature that EdgeCast doesn’t, the WAF (web application firewall). And thanks to Edgecast’s fully functional UI, that offers configuration, reporting, and analytics, and also thanks to its flexibility and scalability EdgeCast is taking away Akamai’s most prized customers, the brand name websites like Twitter. The whole Edgecast vs Akamai performance comparison at