Who is the 800 lb Gorilla and the Big Bad Wolf in the CDN industry? We know the 800 pounder, but the Big Bad Wolf is none other than EdgeCast. And the hungry wolf is all over that gorilla. Don’t take my word for it, check out the numbers, the numbers never lie.
Fist, I selected 10 well known websites ranked in the top 25 of Quantcast. Then, I ran a trace route on an object (image) embedded on the homepage. The trace route tells me what CDN is serving the object. Surprise surprise, Akamai came in at #1, owning 7 of the highly ranked websites. EdgeCast came in at #2, with 3 websites. Thus, Akamai beat EdgeCast by 4. Yes, I know some websites run on dual-CDNs, but numbers are numbers.
What does this tell me? EdgeCast is right on Akamai’s tail. That’s why I ranked Akamai the #1 CDN in the industry, and EdgeCast the #2 CDN on my Report Card, available on this website. There are two takeaways on this analysis: 1) Surprisingly, there are no other CDNs that popped out during the trace route and 2) EdgeCast is taking away Akamai’s most prized customers, the brand name websites like Twitter.
Here are the numbers. Draw your own conclusions.
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