A distributed CDN will allow faster and secure transmission of content over the internet through a distributed nodal network.
FREMONT, CA: With the advancement in technology and rising user expectations, the demand for faster access to online content is more than ever. Much of the data transfer is carried out through a content delivery network (CDN), which is responsible for the delivery of pages and other web content to a user. Thus, CDN is expected to grow significantly in the future. However, the centralized structure of the current CDN system makes it vulnerable as any disruption to a node within the network can impact the entire network. Decentralized CDNs offer an alternative to the centralized infrastructure. Here are the essential use cases of a decentralized CDN.
Internet Content Transmission
With an ever-increasing number of internet users, the requirement for CDN providers is surging too. As mentioned before, most of the CDN providers, such as Akamai and Amazon, are centralized in nature. Operating with tens and hundreds of physical servers across the globe, CDN service providers transfer content across the globe. However, with the current data consumption trend, CDN providers will have to enhance their service capabilities massively. The above trend can be justified by the continuous shift from textual to video-based content consumption.
On the other hand, a decentralized CDN follows a decentralized model that offers a network system that is developed through set boxes called Boosters. With multiple nodes at its disposal, the system can better manage the ever-increasing internet users.
CDN is not the best architecture for the populace in a remote region. Poor connectivity, accompanied by increased time for the pages to load, is a common occurrence in a remote geographical area. However, a decentralized CDN system can address the above issue through its distributed nodal network. A well-incentivized decentralized CDN may have up to 1,000,000 nodes. The decentralized nodes may be smaller in size than the centralized nodes but are well-distributed.
A decentralized CDN offers a cheaper alternative to the centralized CDN servers. Moreover, 30 percent of the CDN servers installed across the world are inactive. In the case of decentralized servers, the distributed nodes will utilize the free spaces of their hard drives to assist the content transmission.
Thus, a decentralized CDN promises a bright future for the secure and faster transmission of ever-increasing content traffic over the internet.