A video CDN, or video content distribution network, is a large geographically dispersed network of servers delivering live and on-demand, high-quality videos to web-connected devices. These specialized video streaming server networks accelerate delivery through caching, which stores content temporarily on multiple servers throughout the video CDN. When a viewer submits a request, the server caching content nearest the user's location delivers the video.
The size of a video CDN varies, depending on the content provider, the content volume and offerings, and the number of customers served.
Video CDN Benefits Video CDN benefits network service providers and customers alike. Customers expect high-quality video content and seamless performance from media streaming software anywhere, anytime, on any device. When subscribers access content through a CDN, they enjoy faster streaming rates and greater reliability, as well as value-added services like mobile device detection and optimization.
To keep up with the rising demand, network service providers realize the need to build their own content distribution networks supporting VOD server (video-on-demand) and IPTV server (Internet Protocol television) technology. Network service providers that deploy their own video CDN can reduce subscriber churn by:
- Reducing traffic on the primary network, which improves video content and web performance overall.
- Creating and deploying value-added, targeted services to attract new customers and retain existing subscribers.
Content providers also benefit from a video CDN, as customer conversion rates increase and loyalty strengthens.
Deploy Your Own Video CDN with Akamai
When you're seeking solutions to deploy a video CDN, look no further than Akamai—the industry leader. We own and operate the world's largest content distribution network with more than 175,000 servers handling up to 30% of global Internet traffic.
Akamai Network Operator Solutions give you the video CDN flexibility and scalability you need in a rapidly changing marketplace. Choose from:
- Aura Lumen, licensed software for operator CDN deployments that enables you to build a CDN from the ground up with commercial off-the-shelf hardware or virtual machines. Using commodity hardware reduces costs and increases flexibility in infrastructure design and construction.
- Aura Spectra, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution where operators deploy their own video CDN on Akamai's cloud-based servers. This solution eliminates upfront CAPEX costs, increases speed to market, and reduces infrastructure complexity. Akamai staff monitor your CDN 24/7.
Akamai's solutions can also help you create a jQuery CDN that simplifies client-side scripting of HTML, enabling content providers to create and deliver feature-rich web pages and applications across any platform.
Learn more about Akamai's video CDN solutions for network operators.