CDN expert Dan Rayburn reported Monday that Microsoft is deep-sixing its home-grown content delivery network capabilities and is instead turning to Verizon EdgeCast to deliver video for Microsoft Azure customers. Verizon bought Edgecast for its media delivery expertise, in late 2013.
Reached for comment, a [company]Microsoft[/company] spokesman provided a limited confirmation: “Microsoft licenses technology from many partners to complement our product offerings and to give customers complete solutions. We are happy to partner with EdgeCast to provide an integral component of the Azure Media Services workflow.”
Delivery of content of all kinds, including bandwidth-hungry video, has been a priority for the Azure forces. Microsoft trumpeted the use of Microsoft Azure Media Services to help live stream Winter Olympic events from Sochi, for example, but that effort relied on CDN market leader Akamai.
“While azure did have some CDN services of its own before shutting them down, but they were basic, Rayburn said via email.
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