Akamai discusses impact of 4K on CDNs

Akamai's Mick Scully at the CDN World Summit

Akamai’s Mick Scully at the CDN World Summit

In a “hyper-connected world” in which video dominates networks as the main form of entertainment, Akamai’s Mick Scully (VP and GM of the Carrier Products Division, Akamai) expects that CDN technology will be pushed increasingly near to the consumer.

“I think what we’re going to see,” Scully told the CDN World Summit in a keynote this morning, “is CDNs being that force multiplier. We’re going to push CDN technology as close to the eyeballs, as close to the end points, as you can, and CDN technology eventually I believe will even go down into the device level, the TiVos of the world.”

Without such resourcefulness, Scully explained, mass 4K streaming in particular would become difficult. “[4K streaming] is going to be very very high bandwidth demand. Is that something you’re going to pre-position? It might be. It might be that the popular things are there for you on demand. And you’ll do pre-positioning not so much for your quality of experience, but also to be able to save on your network costs.”

At the CDN World Summit  









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