Gartner Research

Technology Overview for Content Delivery Network Services

Published: 23 July 2014

ID: G00263241

Analyst(s): Lydia Leong


Content delivery network services can improve the user experience for Web and mobile content and applications, including rich media and video. Gartner provides guidance for organizations seeking to implement Internet and mobile CDN solutions.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • Technology Description
    • Edge Caching
    • Network Optimization
    • Front-End Optimization
  • Technology Definition
  • Standards
  • Operating Requirements
  • Uses
  • Benefits and Risks
  • Technology Alternatives
    • Application Delivery Controllers
    • Public Cloud Storage Services
    • Cloud Infrastructure as a Service
    • Security Products and Services
    • Building Your Own CDN
  • Selection Guidelines
    • What Is the Business Value of Performance?
    • What Are You Delivering?
    • Where Are Your End Users?
    • What Volumes Do You Forecast?
    • Should You Use Multiple CDNs?
    • Run a Trial Before Choosing a Vendor
  • Price Performance
  • Technology Providers

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