Apple is known for keeping a tight grip on various aspects of the user experience provided by its devices. For example, there are certain boundaries that developers aren’t allowed to cross, they can’t develop custom keyboards for iOS devices, but on Android its open season. The company has strict guidelines that must be adhered to if an app is to be listed on the App Store or any other type of content hosted on iTunes. What is doesn’t control is how that content is delivered to end users, and it might be working to change that. An analyst claims that new Apple CDN is being developed, which the company itself will control.
Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn claims that Apple is currently building up its own CDN or content delivery network, apparently the company has already recruited talent, people who are experienced in building large scale networks. Not a lot of details are available at this point in time, so its not known exactly which areas this rumored Apple CDN will service and exactly what content will it be tasked with delivering. Level 3 Communications and Akamai Technologies have been doing the heavy lifting for Apple up till now, hosting and delivering content to hundreds of millions of users around the globe.
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