Back in January, I posted a list of CDN providers for video delivery and since that post, more providers continue to enter the market. Today, the list of video delivery networks continues to grow with the number pushing past 40 providers. To make the list easier to find on my blog, all you have to do is go to www.cdnlist.com for the latest update.
Each time I update this list I get a lot of angry comments on who should or should not be considered a content delivery network. My purpose in making this list is to make it easier to keep track of all the companies in the industry. The term "CDN" is so generic these days, that there is no right or wrong answer on what makes a CDN. Everyone seems to have different opinions. That being said, take a look at what companies analysts and the media write about in the market and see who they do and do not reference as a CDN. Some may not agree with them, but that’s reality. The market defines what they think a CDN is.
To use this list to make comparisons of one provider over another without looking at a company’s size, products offered, revenue generated, geographic reach of network, number of formats
supported etc.. would simply be inaccurate. Some of those companies listed are in beta with their offering and some literally have no customers as they have just launched in the market.
To make things a bit simpler, those on this list are what I would call "video delivery networks", meaning they have some servers they own and operate to deliver video content. I did break out those solutions that are P2P based as I think those need to be listed separately. I also listed those providers who I consider to be regional service providers, classified as those who primarily have a presence in only one geographic location like the U.S. or Europe and who tend to focus on small and medium sized customers. If you think someone from this list is missing, add it in the comments section.
In alphabetical order these are the video delivery networks that I am currently tracking in the industry:
- Aflexi (added 7/15)
- Amazon Web Services
- Conviva (formerly Rinera Networks)
- Digital Fountain
- Level 3
- Limelight Networks
- Mirror Image
- Move Networks
- NTT Communications (added 8/7)
- Panther Express
- Tata Communications
- Velocix (formerly CacheLogic)
- Vusion (formerly Jittr Networks)
P2P Based Video Delivery Networks
- Grid Networks
- Ignite Technologies
- Pando Networks
- Solid State Networks
Regional Service Providers
When it comes to regional service providers in the U.S, Europe and Asia, there are literally hundreds of providers. Below is just a partial list of providers from those regions that I know or have dealt with in the past. This list is far from complete and if you look at the StreamingMedia.com industry directory, here and here, there are close to 200 companies listed for video delivery services. This list below could go on forever and for the most complete list of regional services providers, you should use the StreamingMedia.com industry directory.
- Arco Stream
- EC Suite
- Fastweb Technology
- Groovy Gecko
- Severn Stream
- Stream Guys
- Stream The World
- Twofour Digital
- Westminster Digital
- World Television