Apple May Be Building Its Own Content Delivery Network

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As Apple continues to develop its new data centers in North Carolina, Oregon, and Nevada, it could have greater plans to develop a content delivery network (CDN) to deliver content to its iTunes and iCloud users.

    Analyst Dan Rayburn with Frost & Sullivan believes that Apple is looking to expand its CDN capabilities, but isn't entirely clear how in-depth the system will be. Currently Apple uses Akamai and Level 3 to handle most of its distribution needs for iTunes, the App Store, and iCloud, though its data center initiative gives it a good base of operations for distributing content as well as storage for user data.

    Apple built its retail store chain because Steve Jobs wanted to own Apple's interactions with its customers. With iTunes and iCloud, Apple controls the data and the service, but must outsource the less visible but still incredibly important job of reliably delivering data packets to users. With hundreds of millions of users downloading apps, music, TV shows and movies -- with many of those being streamed in real-time to the Apple TV -- ensuring quality of service for all users will be essential.
    A content delivery network allows companies to ensure that their data can reliably get to customers on any ISP, in any geographic locale. A number of other companies that move large amounts of data, including Google, Microsoft and Netflix, have brought much of their data delivery platforms in-house, rather than outsourcing them to other large companies. Many extremely large companies have found that building their own CDN makes financial sense because of the control it gives them, something that Apple values highly.

    Rayburn has been saying that Apple is planning to build a CDN for nearly five years, though with three major new data centers coming online and more in the works, Apple is clearly investing in something big. The company is rumored to be working on a new television service of some sort, either a new set-top box or an entire television set, and such an effort would likely require a significant expansion of the company's content streaming abilities to support HD streaming video to a large number of new customers.

    Update: The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that Apple is working to create its own content delivery network to boost its Internet infrastructure and to support additional traffic in the future. The site reports that Apple has been hiring networking experts and entering into long-term deals to lock up bandwidth.
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  2. Glideslope macrumors 601


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NYS.
  3. Alumeenium macrumors regular

    May 15, 2013
    Apple TV is already a mess of too many channels, bloatware and horrible UI

    they definitely need something special to fix this thing
  4. Serelus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    All I use my Apple TV for now is streaming MovieBox content. Which works excellent. Don't need anything else really. Maybe console-like features.
  5. Woutje76 macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Apple is underway of building a datacenter in the north of the Netherlands... Does support this story...
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Apple seems to be on the right track. Switched to iCloud for iPhone 5s push email and don't miss gmail one bit.
  7. Antares macrumors 68000


    I hope Apple offers a subscription video service. Netflix is complete junk and I would love to have something besides my Amazon Prime service. Hulu doesn't offer enough and I have to sign up for satellite to get Blockbuster. An Apple service would be perfect!
  8. Yojimbo007 macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2012
    I am convinced that the present apple tv interface is a headfake.
  9. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    There was al All Things D conference where steve and walt were talking about YouTube, and steve identified it as "Owner Generated Content." I think thats a major area that needs to be focused on for Apple. If they can integrate their iMovie/iPhoto to an extremely easy to use/edit/upload UI, I think they can crush youtube and the monopolies that the cable companies have.

    Side note - I bought an Apple TV for my parents for Christmas, and they said "We don't wanna get involved with none of that Apple ****." 5 minutes later they were watching YouTube for 4 hours, missed their bed time by an hour, and watched it the whole next night in lieu of their regular Fox News crap. Imaging if the user experience was actually easy and intuitive to use as opposed to the current UI, and it was easy for content creators to create/edit/upload new content. I really think this is huge.
  10. mistafro macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2003
    It's coming...
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    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014

    AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    I can see it now… Apple's network will exclusively stream a looped clip of Jony Ive staring at you and smiling slightly in front of a white background. Every so often, he will tilt his head slightly.

  12. mistafro macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2003

    I agree 100%, they don't want to let the cat out of the bag until it's ready to pounce...
  13. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
  14. randian macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2014
    Apple should buy T-Mobile instead of Sprint.
  15. foobarbaz macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    Well, better start building data centers *outside* of the US, then. They'll need at least a dozen or two worldwide to make this work.
  16. ksnell macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2012
    Can't wait for them to turn the current cable company model upside down. I don't know about you, but I am tired of paying Apple prices to "RENT" a DVR box that is Dell quality.

    Say goodbye to slow menus and guides!
  17. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    I've always wondered why apple never offered a subscription streaming service. I would welcome that.
  18. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    Having your own CDN is great. You can add/update/remove files on the CDN with full control. You can push the update right away across all locations or delay it until midnight or some specific time.

    They can also re-route traffic from a high load geographic location to a lower load geographic. The extra distance won't slow it down as much as a bottle neck to a busy data center.

    Sure running a DC is expensive, but it's probably not that much more. The benefit of full control is well worth it.
  19. iisdan macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2010
    Does this mean replacing the ISP? If so they better be getting equal or better speeds than google fiber
  20. Glideslope macrumors 601


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NYS.
    One never really knows, do they? :apple:
  21. vpndev macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2009
    look at iTunes Radio

    If it's as good as iTunes Radio then there will be more blowback than for MobileMe.

    iTR still has problems at home for me, using a hardwired (not WiFi) connection and FiOS. AppleCare has so far been unable to help.
  22. mdelvecchio macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2010
    not at all -- I've hidden all the channels i dont watch (like kids stuff) and have a very clean, very minimal ATV experience. it works flawlessly.
  23. Benjamins macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    I am pretty sure they are testing the SDK with all those random channel popping up.
  24. aaarrrgggh macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2007
    CDN is Cuthroat!

    I'm sure they could pull off the capital investment to make it work, but the margins are so low it is hard to understand the incentive. Until CDNs are fully distributed to the ISP POP level there is little incremental gain.
  25. smulji macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2011
    It helps when you have approximately $150 billion in the bank for you to play with.

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