Content delivery network providers, such as Akamai and Limelight Networks, are experience a huge amount of competition from smaller companies looking to make inroads into the highly lucrative and growing CDN market.
The latest company to release a new content delivery network is Reliance Communications. Based in India, Reliance is one of the country’s leading CDMA and GSM service providers. They have announced the launch of their Fast Edge content delivery network. Being billed as the first ‘made in India’ CDN, Fast Edge will provide Reliance’s customers in India with blistering content delivery thanks to the high speed cache servers being used by the company.
Content Delivery Network Benefits
“Fast Edge comprises a Content Delivery Network of content caches around the edge of Reliance’s Indian network, connecting back to 9 state-of-the-art Tier III+ data centers in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad,” said Bill Barney, CEO of RCOM (Enterprise) & GCX. “The content caches, in turn, are seamlessly connected onward to our network of data centers situated in key hubs along the Emerging Markets Corridor, all interconnected by our wholly owned global subsea fiber network.”
“By building Fast Edge across the length and breadth of the Reliance network, the distance for content to travel to the eyeball can be slashed from 5,000 miles to 10 miles, effectively eradicating the middle mile bottleneck,” said Braham Singh, SVP of Product Management, RCOM (Enterprise) and GCX. “and because the content is cached and delivered across our local network, any rapid exponential growth in the number of users concurrently accessing will not automatically lead to middle mile bandwidth issues. In other words, content can now go “viral” across India without impact on users.”
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