Amazon Launches Content Delivery Network. Rivals, Watch Out!

38 thoughts on “Amazon Launches Content Delivery Network. Rivals, Watch Out!”

  1. This is interesting but expected news. Also interesting that you mention Voxel- check out their new website and recent Press Release. It seems that not only did they do the S3 integration but as of a few days ago they are publishing tiered pricing on their own CDN service and it is quite competitive with Amazon S3. And they let you combine your bandwidth with their hosting products at no premium. I wonder if this Amazon ‘coming soon’ annoncement is in response to the PR that Voxel issued yesterday.
    We know Amazon already has a few POPs in the US and one in Europe. They are going to have to do a lot of work to build out their global network to compete with the likes of Akamai and Limelight. I wonder if bandwidth on Amazons new CDN will be the same price as S3. Overall, somewhat of a yawn. Companies like Voxel and Panther Express are already well on their way to commoditizing the CDN industry. And the fact of the matter is for most people a proper CDN is a far better solution than a single location download service like S3.
    Providing CDN is more than raw API and moving bits that S3 provides. What about reporting and customer service? Those are two big items that Amazon has an uphill battle on. A simple API for their CDN isn’t going to suffice for big customers.
    And what about Live streaming services? I wonder
    The market is getting heated and moving very quickly. Interesting times.

  2. I’m a little confused. CDN is a low margin business, yet that isn’t stopping Amazon from entering it. I know that their other services aren’t as substantial as their main e-Commerce business but this has to make you a little made if you’re an investor.

    And from the viewpoint of a prospective user of the service, it’s hard to get too excited when other Amazon Web Services go down and out and business are left to suffer. Building on Google (not that I’m endorsing them) seems to just work – except for email.

    Lets just hope that they have a tighter grasp on uptime with this.

  3. The title of this post is misleading, and unfortunately it’s already on Techmeme. Amazon hasn’t launched the service yet, it’s coming “later this year” as you even noted later in the post. So it’s either launched or it isn’t, and the answer is “isn’t.”

  4. Interesting, but unless they price their CDN less than S3, Amazon won’t be the cheapest player in the game, like they are with S3 (and almost the only player with S3 too).

    Even if it is the same price as S3 (like a free add-on), then value companies like SimpleCDN will still provide huge savings, especially at lower transit numbers (less than 150TB, etc.).

    Further, early indications point to a HTTP only delivery CDN. What about SSL? What about Flash, Windows Media, 3GPP streaming? And live streaming?

    I mean Amazon announces that they *are going to* launch a CDN service (a basic one at that), they don’t even announce pricing, and already we are calling for the death of all the new CDNs in the marketplace.

  5. Yet another cool service from Amazon for the average Joe. We have to wait and see what the pricing be for this service, and how much more will it cost from the standard S3. Will the price be low enough that low-budget customers will make the move from S3 to CDN?

  6. I think Ashish Prasad hit the nail on the head, I think this Amazon CDN service will be aimed at smaller business and smaller developers. I wouldn’t be too worried, yet, if I was one of the already established CDNs.

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