updated 02:42 pm EDT, Thu July 31, 2014
Should speed up OS X/iOS-related downloads
Apple's proprietary content delivery network is now operational in the US and Europe, says Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn. Its status was determined by conducting traceroutes for OS X downloads, which show that files are being shuttled directly from Apple to ISPs. The network is estimated to be capable of delivering multiple terabits per second.
The company appears to have a deal with Comcast, and is rumored to have partnerships with firms like AT&T and Verizon. It's expected that Apple will eventually transition all of its online services to its CDN, including iTunes and the App Store. The company is still relying to an extent on third-party CDNs such as Akamai.
Rayburn suggests that Apple will have spent "well more than $100M" on its CDN by the end of 2014. The project has been under development for several years at this point, however, simply accelerating in the past year. It could help smooth out delivery of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, both of which are due this fall.