The workhorses behind online video

13 08 2007

Dan Rayburn’s post on is worth a look if you’re a tad skeptical of the market share claims made by content delivery networks (CDNs), the companies which optimise online content delivery by caching and routing requests for the assets which are in highest demand.

For instance, market leader Akamai was quoted in two separate articles last week as having a market share of 60% and 80%. Even the report from market analyst Frost & Sullivan (see below) may be based on a methodology which falls short of revealing the true picture.


Numbers, schnumbers, Mr Rayburn argues: these companies should focus on sustainable business plans rather than the amount of real estate they occupy on a pie chart.

Given 30% has been wiped off the value of Akamai since late last month, he has a point.