In another interesting development in the CDN world, Tata Communications is making a move deeper into the video business through a partnership with Kaltura. The arrangement will see Tata’s content delivery network paired with Kaltura’s open source online video platform, creating an end-to-end service that could be worth more than the sum of its parts.
Tata will thus be able to add acquisition and management to their distribution capabilities, allowing them to take on a bigger piece of the online media markets. Meanwhile, Kaltura gains distribution capabilities it wouldn’t otherwise have without building out CDN nodes around the world.
Tata’s CDN platform derives from their acquisition of BitGravity a few years back. They’ve been investing in it since then of course, but I haven’t heard all that much on the subject lately. They started out as a partner of BitGravity as I recall, only buying the company outright later on. Perhaps if the Kaltura partnership works out, they’ll follow a similar path.
On the other hand, there are still rumors out there that Tata Communications itself is for sale by its larger parent. I’m not sure they wouldn’t be a better consolidator than consolidatee, but there aren’t many targets out there with both true global network reach and a content delivery business like Tata has.