Gartner Research

Security, Video and DevOps Functionality Will Drive Future Content Delivery Network Growth

Published: 24 August 2017

ID: G00326170

Analyst(s): Mike Dorosh , Ted Chamberlin


The value of CDNs is evolving, from optimizing the performance of content-rich experiences to delivering security, advertising tech and providing network acceleration features. Technology product management leaders with CDN providers should evaluate next-generation use cases for their solutions.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Who Is Buying CDN Services Today?
  • Traditional Use Cases Continue, but Don't Drive Revenue Growth

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Malware, exploits and DDoS attacks are increasingly directed at websites and web applications, making CDNs a critical strength or weakness to line of business users
  • Broadcasters and content owners are developing video streaming services that require specific endpoint/device encoding
  • DevOps and WebOps teams are extending their CI/CD requirements to edge application logic, creating new API demands on CDNs
  • Future Disruptions to the CDN Delivery Landscape

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