Digital information has been replacing its physical counterpart at a rapid rate. Maybe it’s the allure of an endless network of internet users or perhaps the virtual and weightlessness inventory that draw in the number of online content creators to it. Whatever the case may be, the online data based companies in today’s business world have exchanged the struggle to find more shelf space in their office buildings, for a safe and affordable place to store their digital content online. This article will look at a couple of different storage providers. But before we do that, we need to figure out whether you need a Cloud Service or a Content Direct Network (CDN) service and whether you have solid dimensioning systems.
They share similar qualities, but both serve different purposes. A good example of a company that uses both CDN and Cloud is one you might be familiar with. A little upstart called Netflix. In the early days, they used the Massachusetts-based company, Akamai to make worldwide streaming possible via its CDN service. That was until 2011 when Netflix decided to launch their own internal CDN and leave Akamai behind to forego their cover costs, which is what Netflix’s Vice President of Content Delivery, Ken Florance, states as the reason they could launch season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil simultaneously to 190 countries.
So, what does the CDN actually do? The CDN is the method of streaming content to you. Per Florance, that pretty much means everything after you hit the play button. Not only that, but Netflix also incorporates dimensioning systems to regulate how much content they’re streaming at peak times. In an article written by Roland Mestric, Nokia’s director of video marketing solutions, he explains how important it is for operators to dimension their CDN. The goal is to both prepare for the usage each day and to flex as needed.
What happens before you hit play? That’s all Cloud tech. Netflix employs Amazon’s AWS Cloud for all the graphics, algorithms and information that you see before you hit the play button. So, to keep it as simple as possible, when you’re scrolling through Netflix, everything you’re seeing lives in the cloud. In that regard, photoblog or word blog will work great there, but if you’re going to be producing video content or making software applications that need to be downloaded and streamed, a CDN might be a better fit for you. For this article, we will be comparing CDN companies, not just cloud based ones.
Everything Ken Florance said sounded expensive, didn’t it? Well, depending on how much data you plan on streaming per month, it can be. Fortunately, we stumbled upon a handy website which calculates the varying price of over 10 CDN services depending on how many gigabytes of bandwidth you plan to use per month. Your usage may vary depending on the growth of your company and user base, so this will be a number you’ll have to test out and update annually. The higher you go, the more the companies compete for the volume, so your specific data needs will steer you in the right direction.
10,000gb per month
1) Stackpath at $375 per month
2) JoDiHost at $425 per month
3) MaxCDN at $499 per month.
Akamai would cost you $900 per month for that 10,000gb usage and Fastly tops out the chart at $1,315 per month. We will finish the article with one last comparison.
50,000gb per month
1) Stackpath at $1,100 per month
2) JoDiHost at $1,750 per month
3) CDNify at $2,000 per month.
Akamai tops the chart on this at $8,000 per month.
These calculations were easy to do, and now with the tools and information, it’s up to you to decide what company will best suit your individual goals.