The CDN of 2024

Recently, Dan Blecher, Product Manager at Google Cloud Platform, stated that Google is focused on building a cloud platform of how it thinks it will be in 5 to 10 years. In this post, we’ll do the same, but from a CDN perspective. And since CDN and infrastructure go hand-in-hand, we’ll make some predictions of how the technology landscape will look in that time. Ten years is a long time, lets not limit ourselves to any current technology bottlenecks. Here we go.

 CDN Infrastructure of Year 2024
  • 1 Rack will support 5M VMs, hundreds of PB’s of RAM, few Yotta bytes of storage and millions of cores
  • Disk drives will cease to exist. Storage will be comprised of 1 fully packed motherboard that will replace dozen of racks of storage
  • AWS, Azure and Google Cloud business models will cease to exist, giving way to a new business models
  • Cloud Compute: Hardware will become so advanced that it will put an end to the variable cost model of cloud computing
  • VMWare will cease to exist as a product, and free VM will dominate
  • Cloud compute and CDN industry will collapse into one
  • Security and CDN industry will collapse into one
  • CDN DSA, ADN, and Middle-mile technologies will cease to exist
  • CDN Edge POP cache hit ratio will be 100%
  • CDN clients will push their entire business application stack to the CDN Edge, where it will be milliseconds away from end users, employees, customers and partners
  • CDN Edge POPs will become highly intelligent full service CDNs. There will be no need to retrieve content from origin servers anymore, as it will become an origin unto itself
  • CDN POPs will be connected via private dedicated fiber network, where POPs will sync with each other on application updates
  • For CDNs, BGP will be sidelined, as CDNs push packets over their own dedicated network avoiding middle mile congestion

Snapshot of CDN of 2024

CDN of 2024
CDN of 2024

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