No thanks, CDNs are too fast for me.
Comcast is now competing against content delivery networks (CDNs) such as Akamai with a new service that can improve delivery of video to Comcast subscribers in exchange for payment.
“This new offering allows content owners to go directly to the ISP and have their content stored and delivered via the last mile, thereby displacing some traffic currently delivered by third-party CDNs like Akamai and Limelight Networks,” well-connected industry analyst Dan Rayburn reported today. “While this is the same type of CDN service that other commercial CDNs like Akamai already offer, Comcast can offer a very good SLA since they are a last mile provider.”
Comcast didn’t issue an announcement and hasn’t responded to a request for comment from Ars. The Information reported that “John Schanz, Comcast’s chief network officer, said in an interview that the offering is currently being tested with some customers and is expected to roll out broadly if all goes well.” The service will let Web content companies “bypass network middlemen and deliver their services directly to Comcast Internet customers,” The Information article said.
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