In an unsurprising move, Amazon has announced they plan on rolling out a CDN. I can only imagine that some of the major content delivery network providers are now going to be forced to embrace the shift toward cloud computing. For the most part the major vendors have ignored the growing threat from smaller, more agile cloud providers. With the increasing amount of regionalized cloud providers it may be more cost effective to just signup for a few geographically disperse clouds, rather then signup for a CDN.
Amazon Describes their CDN;
This new service will provide you a high performance method of distributing content to end users, giving your customers low latency and high data transfer rates when they access your objects. The initial release will help developers and businesses who need to deliver popular, publicly readable content over HTTP connections. Our goal is to create a content delivery service that:
* Lets developers and businesses get started easily - there are no minimum fees and no commitments. You will only pay for what you actually use.
* Is simple and easy to use - a single, simple API call is all that is needed to get started delivering your content.
* Works seamlessly with Amazon S3 - this gives you durable storage for the original, definitive versions of your files while making the content delivery service easier to use.
* Has a global presence - we use a global network of edge locations on three continents to deliver your content from the most appropriate location
Now if Amazon would just roll out more regional EC2 environments.