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Analyst Report

Multi-CDN Usage Grows as Video Streaming and Online Gaming Thrive

The use of a multi-CDN – that is, multiple content delivery networks (CDNs) operated in consort – has become a best practice for large-scale events such as Olympics streaming or the launch of the Disney+ video-on-demand service.

  • Dropbox
  • imgur
  • Salesforce
  • LinkedIn
  • eBay
  • Algolia
  • Yelp

Reasons to download

  • Modern enterprises like LinkedIn leverage NS1's API-first DNS in their infrastructure
  • NS1 gave Dropbox the ability to easily add new edge facilities based on needs
  • Squarespace leverages NS1's API to create new customers' DNS records in real-time
  • Salesforce leverages NS1 to accomplish DNSSEC with traffic routing

The use of a multi-CDN – that is, multiple content delivery networks (CDNs) operated in consort – has become a best practice for large-scale events such as Olympics streaming or the launch of the Disney+ video-on-demand service. A multi-CDN provides a hedge against network mishaps and lets the content owner fine-tune performance and cost. Perhaps most interesting is that the CDN players themselves are building products around the concept, having accepted the reality of multi-CDN usage.

In this report, 451 Group outlines the reasoning behind multi-CDN implementation, explores the mechanics behind it, and provides an overview of the vendors in this space.

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