CDN challenger Highwinds joined the growing CDN federation chorus this week. They expanded their portfolio to include a federation-capable licensed CDN offering aimed at ISPs, telcos and MSOs.
The model is becoming a familiar one now. Last mile providers can build their own CDN that leverages their particular footprint, and then hook it up to the parent CDN and others like itself to get national coverage without having to build it themselves. Likewise, Highwinds can gain geographical scope and depth via a community rather than spending capex.
EdgeCast has been pushing the same sort of idea, as have others seeking to challenge Akamai's dominance from a different direction. At some point though, these various federations themselves are going to be able to pass data between them. That world will be incredibly different from the old CDN overlay model, with capabilities becoming inseparable from the network itself.
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