This IDC Market Perspective explores the impact of edge compute on CDN providers' business and potential transformation into edge application delivery providers. Edge compute is ushering in a new era for CDN providers. It is opening new opportunities to expand beyond traditional media and web delivery to develop innovative low-latency services. The convergence of macroeconomic forces, technology enablers, and emerging customer expectations are accelerating this pivot for CDNs to become edge application delivery providers.
"The transformation of CDNs into the edge application delivery business will be a positive development for the industry," says Ghassan Abdo, research VP, Worldwide Telco. "It will help CDNs to expand their current capabilities by increasing scale, delivering a new set of use cases, empowering the developer community, and providing a richer customer experience.