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CDN Economics of Build vs Buy

June 18th, 2012

Telecom operators deploying content delivery networks continue to be faced with the build vs buy (from legacy CDN providers) decision. Increasingly, they are choosing to build their own and integrate their solutions with Skytide’s analytics and reporting.

Recently, panelists from Comcast, Jet-Stream and Skytide discussed the nuances of this decision at the Content Delivery Summit Check it out below.

Skytide Announces Insight for Content Delivery Networks Version 3.0

May 22nd, 2012

In addition to being featured on last week’s Content Delivery Summit panel, “Understanding the CDN Economics of Build vs. Buy,” we were also excited to announce version 3.0 of Skytide Insight for CDNs.

We think that our partners and Telco CDN customers will be just a excited since we’ve added a lot of new features that they have been asking for, specifically:

  • Real-time reporting; actionable insight less than five minutes after logging of events
  • Ad hoc reporting that allows users to combine data elements and create customized reports on demand
  • More granular, flexible permission controls that allow administrators to manage access by user and by data element
  • More extensive APIs that enable customers to combine Skytide’s valuable data with external data sources or their own custom applications
  • A faster, more responsive interface
  • Measurement of hit rate (requests per second) to strengthen capacity planning capabilities

Skytide Insight for CDNs 3.0 will be generally available in summer of 2012. Real-time reporting has already been deployed successfully with some existing customers.


Understanding the CDN Economics of Build vs. Buy

May 7th, 2012’s Dan Rayburn provides some more details here about the “CDN Economics of Build vs. Buy” panel at the upcoming Content Delivery Summit in New York. Skytide’s CEO, Michael O’Donnell will be participating alongside Comcast’s Jacob Rosenberg and Jet-Stream’s Scott Landman.

There will be a lot of interesting terrain to cover including:

  • The value of building a Telco CDN compared to buying from a third party
  • What operator CDNs need to do to compete on analytics and reporting and its importance in network optimization and monetization
  • Operational considerations and challenges of the build vs. buy decision
  • The total cost  of ownership argument and architectural considerations
  • Other factors such as geography and service provider size that can impact the build vs. buy decision


Skytide to Sponsor Content Delivery Summit

April 26th, 2012

After attending the Content Delivery Summit in New York for the past few years, we decided to up the ante and become a Gold Sponsor. It’s a very intimate, focused conference that really hones in on the issues affecting the content delivery ecosystem.

Skytide President & CEO, Michael O’Donnell will participate in a panel discussing the “CDN Economics of Build vs. Buy,” a subject that is particularly relevant given the rise of Telco CDNs (service providers that are increasingly choosing to build their own CDNs rather than purchase CDN service from a third party). The panel will address questions such as:

• What’s the best path, economically, for operators contemplating a CDN strategy?
• Build it, or rent capacity from a growing roster of third-party partner CDNs?
• What are the tradeoffs associated with CDN planning and implementation?

While there are some very compelling reasons for operators to build their own CDN solution, they would be best served to select an out-of-the-box analytics and reporting solution rather than attempt to build one from scratch. View the slideshow below to see why.