Akamai was founded in 1998 by then-MIT graduate student Daniel Lewin, along with MIT Applied Mathematics professor Tom Leighton and MIT Sloan School of Management students Jonathan Seelig and Preetish Nijhawan. Headquarters are in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Akamai is one of the leading providers with their EdgePlatform. Akamai’s EdgePlatform is one of the world’s largest distributed computing platforms. 95,000 servers in 1,900 networks across 71 countries.


Amazon Cloudfront


Amazon CloudFront is a web service for content delivery. It integrates with other Amazon Web Services to give developers and businesses an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no commitments.




AT&T Content Distribution services improve network performance through caching and streaming services as well as through global fiber-optic networks designed to meet the quality standards of the HD Broadcast industry. AT&T is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, United States.




Brightbox – a company from Leeds, UK, specializes in Ruby on Rails hosting and content delivery. Partnered with CDnetworks, Brightbox offers customized solutions, integration with Amazon S3 services and all without lengthy contracts.





Cachefly offers 100% availability SLA. Based in Chicago, Illionis, USA, the company has unique system called ProtectServe that gives customers secure control over their files.

Specific options:

  • timestamp option – forces links to expire after a set time,
  • a specific IP address option – only allows specified IP addresses to access links,
  • return URL option – redirects clients if a validation fails.




Cedexis offers strategies and solutions for multi-platform content & application delivery. Cedexis is headquartered in Portland (OR) and Paris (EMEA) with offices in San Francisco (CA), London (UK) and sales representatives in Germany, Japan, Israel and Brazil.

Specific services:

  • Cedexis Radar gives companies unparalled visibility into which providers perform the best for their customers.
  • Cedexis Openmix helps companies send their customers to their best performing provider automatically.




CDN77 is London based company that aims to disrupt CDN market. They offer CDN with extremely competitive price and customer satisfaction guarantee.




CDNetworks is the only multinational provider with vast experience in China. Based in Seoul, Korea, they serve over 1.200 companies worldwide.

CDNetworks offers the following solutions:

  • Dynamic Web Acceleration
  • Dynamic Network Acceleration
  • China Acceleration
  • Content & Media Acceleration
  • Cloud Storage
  • Cloud DNS
  • Cloud Load Balancer




Based in Beijing, ChinaCache is leading provider of CDN technology in China with market share of around 75%. ChinaCache controls over 350 nodes in 125 Chinese cities. The company was first licensed CDN service provider by the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (MII).





CleverScale enables building of your own CDN stack and monitoring the performance of each individual component. CleverScale supports all major CDNs, smart routing and content optimization services. One of the interesting advantages is ROI analysis.




Cloudflare is one of the fastest growing Saas providers in the security and performance space encompassing DNS, CDN, WAF and DDOS mitigation. Cloudflare operates the most efficient DNS service in the world and provides performance, security and access inside China’s network to +6 million websites, applications, and APIs. Cloudflare has offices in San Francisco, London, and Singapore, and is backed by US$180M in funding, most of it from Google, Baidu, Microsoft, and Qualcomm. Cloudflare offers Self-Service or Enterprise plans to suit small, medium and very large customers.




DaCast is integrated streaming platform. It  allows users to showcase both live and on demand streams. DaCast integrates rich monetization tools tools that include setup paywalls or ads on content.



Verizon Digital Media Services


The Edgecast Content Delivery Network from Verizon Digital Media Services is a media-optimized CDN built to meet the demands of the modern Internet. Upon the acquisition of Edgecast CDN in 2013, with centralized SuperPop architecture, Anycast based routing and proprietary caching technologies, Verizon Digital Media Services positioned itself as one of the highest performing and most reliable CDNs in the world. Leading sites like Quora, Lenovo, Novica and CafePress rely on Verizon Digital Media Services to deliver optimal viewing experiences to every screen globally.
Specific services include:

  • PCI-Compliant dynamic acceleration
  • Application delivery
  • HTTP/HTTPs caching
  • Streaming
  • Storage
  • DNS
  • Web Application Firewall
  • DDoS mitigation




F5 provides variety of IT infrastructure solutions including application delivery and CDN. F5 offers services like: Cloud computing, Security, Load Balancing, Virtualization, Storage…



Fastly caches dynamic content regardless of the type. One specific of Fastly is that it uses Fastly Instant Purging technology which enables users to control over when and how content is updated.





GoGrid provides variety of services – from cloud hosting to private clouds and specific solutions like big data, ecommerce and high-performance computing. GoGrid provides customers with the most comprehensive reporting and analytics suite in the industry. Allowing customers to view statistics such as bandwidth consumption, breakdown of downloads and the geographical location of users and file type popularity, the service provides customers with an insight into what is working and what is not.




Highwinds offers a comprehensive suite of solutions including content delivery, storage, analytics and cloud-based IP services. The company delivers content and rich media over its high-performance RollingThunder network to millions of global users every day. Highwinds CDN customers gain unprecedented command and control with its StrikeTracker console and open APIs. Highwinds is headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., and maintains data centers around the world.




Ignite’s Product Suite includes Live Streaming, Media Portal and Content Delivery Solution. Ignite’s business video solutions enable organizations to fundamentally change the economics of communication with employees, partners and customers. Comprehensive corporate video streaming software allows companies to easily and efficiently publish, deliver and manage digital assets and digital content delivery.





Incapsula increases your website speed by both getting its content closer visitors (via the Incapsula CDN – Content Delivery Network) and by ensuring that every page renders as fast and efficiently as possible regardless of visitors device or location. Incapsula combines industry best practices, such as caching, compression and connection pooling with innovative techniques such as dynamic content caching and media optimization to take web site’s performance to the next level.




Internap Network Services Corporation is a leading Internet solutions provider with unsurpassed performance and reliability. With a global platform of data centers, managed Internet services, a content delivery network (CDN) and content monetization services, Internap allows its customers to innovate their business and create new revenue opportunities.





Jet-Stream is a market leading technology used to deploy and operate professional Content Delivery Networks. Founded in 2002, as the first vendor to research and develop next-generation, premium, content friendly and telco-friendy content delivery technologies. The company is privately owned, independent, fast growing, self-sustainable and has been profitable since its founding year. The technology is used by many IP network operators around the globe to offload traffic on their infrastructures and to monetize premium content delivery services for three screens IPTV, mobile content, web content and OTT content.


Level 3


Level 3′s full suite of scalable CDN services gives thier users access to the customisable services, from a single, trusted provider. By leveraging their CDN services and industry-leading ‘Footprint’ IP backbone, users can avoid costly capital investments while taking advantage of cost efficiencies, and enjoy the flexibility of moving between network services at different phases in their content life cycle.



LimeLight Networks


Limelight Networks is a Content Delivery Network service provider based in Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A., with offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Tokyo. The company operates a global fiber-optic network that helps content publishers in delivering files to end-users.




MaxCDN gives its users the most powerful control panel and CDN product in the industry at affordable prices.  MaxCDN makes it easy for SMB companies to increase conversion rates and with its powerful API, MaxCDN integrates easily with every site, blog or e-commerce platform.




MetaCDN is the leading cloud based content delivery network. Their CDN approach harnesses high performance, low cost cloud storage across the globe to dramatically improve multimedia experiences on all devices, platforms and connections.


Mirror Image


Founded in 1997, Mirror Image has been providing services that allow companies to deliver their online content to viewers worldwide. The company’s patented globally distributed Dynamic Delivery Network provides companies with highly scalable online services with ultra low latency and global coverage. Mirror image provides integrated content distribution for object caching and application downloads, Edge Computing solutions, a complete Online Video Platform, and streaming solutions for delivering video and audio (live and on-demand) to desktops, mobile devices, IPTV set-top boxes and other devices. With comprehensive capabilities and an easy to use Web-based content management tool, Mirror Image solutions enable companies to easily publish, manage, deliver and analyze their object delivery and streaming media activities.


NTT Communications


NTT Communications provides a complete CDN service, allowing its users to take full advantage of both the IPv4 as well as newer IPv6 protocols. With a tier 1 IP backbone with global IP links, the NTT service provides high speed delivery. Combined with the BA Monitoring system, optimal performance can be achieved through real-time monitoring and email reports, allowing users to respond to network problems quickly and efficiently, allowing sites to operate at full capacity with a minimal downtime.




OnApp CDN develops cloud management, CDN and storage for service providers and enterprises. OnApp CDN users get instant access to PoPs all over the world, and they can sell spare capacity to other providers through an integrated global marketplace.


Peer 1 Hosting


Peer 1 Content Delivery Network consists of over 20,000 servers and 17 data centers located throughout North America and Europe. Using a caching system, data is accessed through caching nodes that are placed at the edge of the Peer1 tier 1 ‘SuperNetwork’, ensuring that data is delivered quickly, with the incredibly low load on web servers. Notable customers of Peer 1 Hosting include WordPress.org, Plenty of Fish and Virgin Gaming.




PlayStream’s small business platform provides CDN services for thousands of businesses and consumers across the world. PlayStream’s proprietary technologies empower their customers with advanced capabilities to manage, deliver and monitor audio, video, and multimedia content.




RackSpace Cloud


RackSpace Cloud Servers with a managed service level extend the RackSpace world-class managed services from their Managed Hosting offering to the RackSpace Cloud. This offer provides an additional level of support on Cloud Servers, which includes monitoring, operating system and application infrastructure layer support, as well as technical guidance. Over 40% of Fortune 100 companies use RackSpace services.





Founded in 2005, SoftLayer CDN servers are used for running advanced software for organizing, storing, and streaming website content to end-users. Rather than serving content directly from the host server to the end-user, the SoftLayer CDN moves content from the host server to a node that is geographically closer to the end-user. SoftLayer’s CDN includes tools for improved management and control, helping with digital rights management and content monetization. In addition, it features the ease-of-use and high level of control for which SoftLayer is known.




Speedyrails is partnered with EdgeCast and offers a superior and cost effective global CDN service.



TATA Communications


Founded back in 1986, TATA Communication, an Indian global telecommunication company, extends its services to over 200 countries worldwide. TATA Communications provides a wide ranging Content Delivery Network that enables business to have their data accessed globally. The Distributed Origin Architecture, which routes via network protocols as opposed to DNS ensures that data is transferred with incredible speed and simplicity, minimizing latency and packet loss to create superior end user experience.


Telecom Italia Sparkle


Telecom Italia Sparkle, in partnership with CDNetwork offers a global full Content Acceleration Network services.





Telefónica is a global telecom provider, with presence in Europe, Africa and Latin America, operating in 25 countries. Telefónica launched their CDN service in 2011 and has been gradually building awareness for the CDN. They have a lot of POPs in South-America and quite a few in Europe, and a solid feature set.




TeliaSonera boasts more than 100 point-of-presence locations within the continent, spanning almost 200 cities in 35 unique countries.





VPS.net CDN uses a RAID 10 SAN system, which makes the data always safe, being moved seamlessly if a failure occurs. Also, its customers are able to program pre-scheduled burst of nodes, allowing extra bandwidth for traffic during peak hours. The VPS.net perfectly scalable service ultimately provides a value for money solution.


WebMobi Networks


WebMobi Networks is a digital media content delivery service provider for the web and mobile platforms. Their exclusive CDN infrastructure and cutting edge CDN technology helps in delivering media content across the globe.


Windows Azure


Windows Azure is a Microsoft cloud computing platform used to build, host and scale web applications through Microsoft data centers. Windows Azure is classified as platform as a service and forms part of Microsoft’s cloud computing strategy, along with its software as a service offering, Microsoft Online Services.


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