The majority of web traffic today is served through CDNs, and the need for CDN services is only growing with the proliferation of streaming services, e-commerce, and cloud-based applications that require increasingly high performance. CDN providers operate their own network points of presence (POPs), and cache their content in third party-owned data centers, or a combination of both. Since very few CDNs have POPs all over the world, companies will use a number of different CDNs to deliver their content to the end-users.
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Managed Service Providers (MSPs) leverage the entire ecosystem of networks, connectivity and delivery to ensure robust, cost-effective solutions and services for internet users. As third-party contractors, MSPs can deliver IT services and expertise that may not otherwise be available to an organization due to limited budgets, knowledge or resources.
As demands for performance and capacity have increased, the data center has changed. And central to that change is interconnection between the tenants in the data center. In essence, the interconnected data center looks less like an apartment building filled with strangers, and more like an ecosystem whose inhabitants depend on and interact with each other. Indeed, it is the interconnectedness of this ecosystem that makes it so valuable.
In preparation for the 5G data onslaught, content delivery players – industry stalwarts such as Akamai and growing players such as Fastly – are designing scalable solutions powered by strategic edge Points of Presence (PoPs) to enable the seamless distribution of rich media content to the end users.