Content Delivery Services Expected to Grow at a Solid Pace Reports In-Stat/MDR.
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U.S. content delivery services See CDN. revenues will grow about 20%, in 2003, from the estimated level of $186 million in 2002, according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. In-Stat/MDR (http://www.instat.com). The high-tech market research firm reports that growth will come from both existing customers expanding their use of content delivery services, and from new customers subscribing to these services. "Content delivery services are one of the key forces shaping the next-generation Internet and corporate Intranets," said Henry Goldberg, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "They improve the speed of Web site delivery, provide high-quality video/audio streaming, rapidly download To receive a file transmitted over a network. In any communications session, "download" means receive, and "upload" means send. The download/upload often implies a big/little scenario, in which data is being downloaded from the "big" server into the "little" user's computer. files, and are beginning to extend into distributed computing (1) The use of multiple computers networked throughout a wide geographical area, or the world via the Internet, in order to solve a single problem. See grid computing.
(2) The use of multiple computers in an enterprise rather than one centralized system. of Web-based applications See Web application. ."
Recently, In-Stat/MDR conducted a survey of 485 end-user organizations on the adoption of content delivery services or in-house CDNs (where organizations purchase and manage a CDN (Content Delivery Network) A system of distributed content on a large intranet or the public Internet in which copies of content are replicated and cached throughout the network. themselves). About 23% currently use a content delivery itself (either by itself or as a hybrid solution with an in-house CDN), but almost twice as many currently use an in-house CDN. According to Goldberg, "Converting in-house CDN users to outsourced content delivery services should be a key goal of content delivery service providers, because this would greatly increase the market for these services."
In-Stat/MDR has also found that:
-- In terms of revenues and market shares, Akamai is the dominant
content delivery service provider, followed by Cable &
-- While most content delivery service providers guarantee near
100% availability of content on the service, there is
considerable variation in the Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
given on performance. Mirror Image provides the strongest SLAs
on performance, guaranteeing response times better than the
top-performing Web sites, as measured by Keynote. Cable &
Wireless provides independent third-party verification TPV (Third party verification) is a process of getting an independent third party company to confirm that the customer is actually requesting a change or ordering a new service or product. that
their service outperforms the customer's origin server. At the
other extreme, some service providers do not provide any SLA (1) (StereoLithography Apparatus) See 3D printing.
(2) (Service Level Agreement) A contract between the provider and the user that specifies the level of service expected during its term.
guarantees on performance.
-- Three equipment vendors, Cisco, Network Appliance (1) A specialized device for use on a network. For example, Web servers, cache servers and file servers can be implemented as general-purpose computers with the appropriate software or as network appliances, which are computers dedicated to a single function and cannot do anything and Nortel
offer complete CDN solutions for service providers to
implement content delivery services. These turnkey See turnkey system. solutions
lower the barriers for new service providers to enter this
market, and compete with established content delivery service
providers that have developed much of this technology on their
The report, "Content Delivery Services: Cache Us If You Can" (#IN030836TX), provides an end-to-end analysis of content delivery services including end-user perspectives, content delivery service provider offerings, and suppliers of Content Delivery Network (CDN) equipment/solutions that enable service providers to offer such services. Results of a survey of In-Stat/MDR's Technology Adoption Panel on end-user adoption of content delivery services and in-house CDNs are presented. Detailed profiles of 10 leading content delivery service providers are given, describing their service offerings, key features, customers and competitive strengths. Three suppliers of overall CDN solutions for service providers are also profiled. Market shares for 2002 are presented for the major content delivery service providers serving the U.S. market. The report concludes with a five-year forecast of the U.S. content delivery services market. To purchase this report, or for more information, please visit http://www.instat.com/catalog/cat-tx.htm or contact Rick Vogelei at 480-609-4533; firstname.lastname@example.org. The report price is $2,995.
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