Cloud providers, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and enterprises all have one thing in common: the need to deliver content to end users with minimal latency. To improve response times, a growing number of organizations are now embracing a strategy called edge computing, which involves moving network infrastructure closer to end users.

A new white paper from EdgeConneX® and Cedexis, titled, “Cloud Content, Connectivity and the Evolving Internet Edge,” highlights the superior performance of edge connectivity and content delivery. The study shows how CDNs have taken the first steps towards the Network Edge, in some cases realizing up to a 47 percent better response time compared to regions that do not have Edge deployments.

Conversely, cloud providers are behind the pack in their edge deployments. This is evident from the higher latency they are experiencing. Latency has been reported being up to twice as high in regions without cloud-enabled data centers. Cloud hyperscalers, meanwhile, are bridging the gap using direct connections over physical and Software-Defined Networks (SDNs).

The whitepaper compares Cedexis’ panel of Internet measurements with services that have been localized with EdgeConneX and Megaport, a leading Network-as-a-Service provider. Megaport’s global platform uses SDN to offer a seamless, secure and on-demand way for enterprises, services and networks to interconnect. Response times can improve between 50 and 85 percent for users who bypass the public Internet and opt for direct cloud access through Megaport using an EdgeConneX Edge Data Center® (EDC).

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