Long rumored, Apple's custom content delivery network (CDN) is now apparently live. The Apple CDN, which provides a more direct route from Apple's servers to customers' devices, enables Apple to provide significantly faster downloads of their products, as well as greatly increasing the available capacity for when mass downloads (OS X and iOS updates) hit.
Per Streaming Media Blog's Dan Rayburn:
"Apple has more than 10x the capacity they are using today, all ready to go. With Apple planning to release the beta version of their next desktop OS today, Yosemite (10.10), and with iOS 8 expected to come out this fall, Apple's putting in place a lot of capacity to support upcoming software releases. Apple is still using Akamai and Level 3′s CDN services for iTunes (Akamai), Radio (Level 3) and app downloads, but over time, much of that traffic will be brought over to Apple's CDN. It's too early to know how much traffic will come over and when, but Apple's already started using their own CDN much faster than I expected."
It's estimated that Apple has spent well over $100 million building out their CDN, which consists of both their own servers as well as leasing server and network capacity from the likes of Level 3. Apple has additionally set up interconnect deals with multiple ISPs, including Comcast. The CDN's only good for content delivered from Apple, though — we're talking about OS X and iTunes updates, iCloud, and iTunes content here.
Do you think that Apple better controlling the process of delivering content will result in an improved experience for users?
Source: Streaming Media Blog