Apple’s content delivery network is reportedly live and it’s positively massive

“Earlier this year we heard that Apple was starting to build its own content delivery network, instead of relying on third-party CDNs like Akamai and Level 3 to deliver iTunes media content and software updates,” Kif Leswing reports for Gigaom.

“That plan has come to fruition sooner than expected, according to CDN expert Dan Rayburn,” Leswing reports. “Trace routes from downloads of OS X now show data coming directly from Apple infrastructure.”

Leswing reports, “But that’s not all: According to Rayburn’s sources, this isn’t a standard CDN, it’s positively massive, with ten times the capacity currently needed — multiple terabits per second — ready to be deployed.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bill D.” for the heads up.]

Related article:
Apple negotiating paid interconnect deals with ISPs for their own Content Delivery Network – May 20, 2014


        1. The question was “When do they start PRODUCING…”. With Disney you get ABC, ESPN, Pixar, and Lucasfilm. Then there’s Buena Vista, Touchstone, etc. You want content? You want creativity? You want to kill the cable companies?

    1. I think they mean delivery like the post office. iTunes music and video are not Apple products, but they do have the delivery network. Of course the software updates are indeed Apple content. Just saying

    2. And not a single professional talking head analyst can give you a real count of ALL the billion dollar server farms Apple has built and is building all around the world. Some are aware of the 5 server farms Apple has already talked about. Some are even solar powered with fuel cell power storage and can be easily seen from the sky.

      Tim and the board should do their end of fiscal year report from one unannounced sight. Kind of a “Where is Waldo” or Easter Egg hunt event. Tell the talking heads that if they guess correctly, they can get a one hour interview with any top Apple employee or a sight tour of that server farm. There choice. Get these clueless idiots to start understanding Apple instead of just peeing on Apple’s legs each quarter.

    1. Sweet reference, except I am rooting that Apple remains on the side of good like the rebels and doesn’t go down in flames of evil like the Empire.

      (I equate Google with the Empire, and Samsung as the Trade Federation. Read about the Neimmoidians here: Trade Federation and Neimoidians descriptions sounds like a fitting description of Samsung, their board of directors, and their partners.)

  1. To whom exactly is Apple going to connect their massive fiber optic pipes? Apple’s peers have their own content and they won’t deliver Apple’s content without a toll charge.

    Apple ought to just buy Sprint and get in the ISP and wireless business. A one stop shop for everything.

    1. In my opinion, Apple needs to buy at least one carrier and one cable company if it’s allowed then that could probably open the door to change how content and data is being delivered to consumers. I don’t know if that’s easy to do but as long as the carriers and cable companies stall for their own benefit, then nothing is going to change. I’d love to see Apple grab TimeWarner cable although I’m not sure how the content provider companies would take that. It might be seen as some sort of monopoly.

  2. Apple have their own Class A network—everything in the 17.x.x.x range, or to put it another way, 1/256th of the interwebs. Makes for one helluva load-balanced network 🙂


  3. 9to5 says the new Apple CDN has ten times the capacity compared to what they previously had. Either this means they have many more CDN locations or they are going to be delivering A LOT more data. I wonder why the need to deliver ten times more data?

    “But yesterday The Information reported that Apple still has designs to launch a TV service that can “make any show available at any time—live broadcasts and old reruns alike—using remote storage.”

    1. I wonder whether there will be some kind of video conferencing “for the rest of us,” perhaps even functionality that combines video watching with video conferencing — friends and family being connected by live video as they watch recorded entertainment (e.g. TV show, movie) “virtually” together.

      1. I think the xbox has this ability. It would be very cool to have friends, family, etc. in boxes on one-half of the screen while watching sports or playing games on the other half. I’m going to need a much larger panel, unless they have invented a projector which has an extensive viewing area and is visible in sunlight or with the lights on.

    2. The 10x capability may be in part to support what they think is a rapid increase in the enterprise side of things resulting from the partnership with IBM. We can barely see the tip of the iceberg on that move.

  4. WOW. Now that Tim Cook can deliver his patches faster and faster, perhaps he will assign some engineers to make Mavericks IMAP email get from Google to Mac reliably so he doesn’t keep hosing his enterprise clients.

    1. For newbies: ‘Mark’ (anonymous coward) is trolling.

      1) Google chose to break from the IMAP standard in their implementation of GMail. Some speculate that they pulled this deliberate blunder in order to force people to use GMail via the web, allowing Google to better track them on the Internet. Such tracking is not possible via an email client program such as Apple Mail.

      2) Apple’s new instantiation of Mail in Mavericks followed the iMAP standard, resulting in GMail’s non-standard code breaking the ability to adequately receive GMail for many Mavericks users. Bending to Google’s incoherence, Apple broke Mail adequately enough to allow for GMail’s quirks as of OS X 10.9.3.

      Personally, I never had any major problem using GMail in Apple Mail. I did, however, run into several periods of time when GMail’s server was temporarily down and not serving GMail, which of course was another Google problem. As a result, I have minimized my use of GMail to email only related to Google services. Everything else has been moved to more reliable, less surveillance oriented mail services, such as Apple’s iCloud email with encryption turned on.

      IOW: Blame Google.

  5. Netflix better look in its rear view mirror. This opens the way for massive content delivery. Faster app download is a smokescreen. Cable providers best be checking their back also. If Apple were to be able to access those films denied digital distribution on NFLX. A game changer.

    1. You do understand that Netflix also has interconnect agreements with the ISPs? The bottleneck for fast consumer Internet isn’t the Content Delivery Networks that get your stuff to and from the ISPs, but the ISPs themselves. This enables Apple to deliver data from its servers faster and more reliably, but the ISPs still control the data flow over “the last mile” to your home or office. The cable companies and phone companies don’t need to check their backs–the more data that runs across their network, the more they can charge Apple in interconnect fees and you in service fees. For any real change in the system, Apple needs to develop a workaround for the last mile problem.

  6. The Terminator: The Applenet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 1st, 2014. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
    Sarah Connor: Applenet fights back.
    The Terminator: Yes. It launches its missiles against the targets in South Korea.
    John Connor: Why attack South Korea? Aren’t they our friends now?
    The Terminator: Because Applenet knows the Samsung’s counter-attack will increase iPhone sales.

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