A content delivery network (CDN) is a distributed system of servers deployed in multiple locations – different cities, countries and even continents – that delivers content with high availability and high performance. CDNs play a critical role in the distribution of live and on-demand streaming media, especially large video files.
While CDNs are relatively common in most enterprise networks, it is important to take several factors into account when implementing CDNs for enterprise video. Here are some key considerations for choosing your video CDN partner:
- Is the data stored closer to the locations where you intend on distributing your video? The closer the data storage location, lesser lag or latency issues – which means that viewers will not have to wait for the video to buffer.
- Is the CDN capable of replicating your content across multiple locations? It’s always a good idea to have your content replicated and stored in different locations. That way, if there is a network surge, viewers can still retrieve and view the video from a different location – effectively minimizing wait time.
- Is the focus on the quality of the video? CDN enables viewers to stream faster. Closer content servers coupled with high availability ensures that your video reaches your audience quickly and with the highest possible quality.
Whether viewed live or on demand, CDNs ensure network bandwidth is used in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Adding video-specific CDNs to complement your existing CDN implementation can increase both network efficiency and user satisfaction with the enterprise video experience. Ultimately, a solid and well crafted CDN integration gets your information to the people who need it, when they need it.
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