Amazon Preparing Content Delivery Network (CDN) For End Of Year Launch

By M. David Peterson
September 18, 2008

Via a recent post to the AWS Blog, Jeff Barr announced:

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We've got something new and cool in the works and I'm excited to be able to tell you a little bit about it today!

Before the end of the year we are planning to release a new service for content delivery. This new (and as yet unnamed) service will provide you with a high performance way to distribute popular, publicly readable content to your customers all over the world, with low latency and high data transfer rates.

The new service was designed to meet the following goals:

  • Allow developers and businesses to get started easily, with no dollar or volume commitments. Like our other services, this one will be pay-as-you-go.
  • Be simple and easy to use. In fact, a single API call is all that's needed for you to start delivering your content.
  • Work seamlessly with Amazon S3, for durable storage of the definitive versions of your content.
  • Have a global presence, using edge locations on three continents in order to deliver your content from the most appropriate location.
You will start by storing your content in an Amazon S3 bucket and then marking the content as publicly readable. Next you'll make a single API call to register the bucket. The call will return a domain name that you'll use to refer to your content in your web page or application. When clients request the object via the returned domain name they'll be routed to the nearest edge location, for high performance delivery.

As I noted above, we plan to have this service available before the end of the year. If you'd like to be notified when we launch, you can express your interest here.

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels has also written about Expanding The Cloud.

Okay, so this is gonna *ROCK*! :D


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