How to select the right CDN for today’s video delivery needs


In 2020, it’s business as [un]usual which means the need for online video – and the content delivery networks (CDNs) that deliver this video – is greater than ever before.

Yet, even in these unusual times, consumer expectations around streaming video experiences are high. To provide the best possible streaming video experience that will increase revenue and customer satisfaction, many organisations engage the services of a CDN. However, to choose the right CDN for your video workflow and business requirements, you must first evaluate your unique needs. Based on our extensive experience with helping companies scale their streaming video delivery, we’ve developed this checklist that outlines key considerations to use when evaluating a CDN for video delivery.

The information in this guide is intended to help you move forward in your process of choosing the best CDN for your video delivery, with considerations for the video usage shifts we are seeing in today’s world of business as [un]usual.

Be sure you understand the fundamentals, whether you are doing live streaming, on-demand or both. Know the trends and engage with partners you can trust. Assess your current capabilities and your gaps. Do you need a high-performance turnkey solution, à la carte products and services to complement your current capabilities, or do you simply need fast transport for your existing workflow? Look for a CDN with expertise in video delivery that has the services you need and can support your transition with expert assistance. By considering all of these elements during the vendor-selection process, you will be able to find the right partner for your long-term success.


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