Netflix’s formal announcement last week that it is creating a content delivery network signals a massive change in the way video and other bandwidth-hogging content is delivered to consumers, and it’s mostly change for the better, analysts say.

A content delivery network CDN is a network of computers that duplicates content across multiple servers and then directs that content to users based on proximity, thereby allowing the content to be delivered more rapidly. Internet service providers and massive content providers like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have their own CDNs, while third parties like Akamai, Level 3 and Limelight deliver traffic for smaller Web sites.

via MediaPost Publications Why Netflixs CDN Is Good For Consumers 06/11/2012.

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