EdgeConneX® and Cedexis have announced the availability of a new white paper titled, “Cloud, Content, Connectivity and the Evolving Internet Edge.” The study uses Cedexis’ Real User Measurements (RUM) to reveal why the superior performance of Edge content and connectivity is driving more and more industry deployments.

Noted in the study, CDNs have taken the first step towards the Network Edge, realizing up to a 47% better response time compared with regions without Edge deployments. Cloud providers, meanwhile, are lagging in edge deployments and this is evident in higher latency — up to twice as high in regions without cloud-enabled data centers.

Cloud hyperscalers are bridging this gap using direct connections, including both physical and Software Defined Networks (SDN). The white paper compares Cedexis’ own panel of Internet measurements to services localized with EdgeConneX and Megaport, the world’s leading Network as a Service (NaaS) provider. Megaport’s global platform uses SDN to provide the most secure, seamless and on-demand way for enterprises, networks and services to interconnect. The response time improves 50% to 85% for users who bypass the public Internet, opting for direct cloud access via Megaport from an EdgeConneX Edge Data Center® (EDC).

“Megaport’s Software Defined Network is designed to enable superior performance for companies accessing public cloud services,” states Nicole Cooper, Executive Vice President, Americas, Megaport. “As the results in this whitepaper demonstrate, users at the network Edge can benefit from lower latency by using our SDN as part of their cloud deployments.”

Additionally, these changes in Internet architecture will result in a greater need for third-party load balancing services. As companies manage hybrid clouds, multiple CDNs and connectivity options, Global Server Load Balancing, offered by Cedexis, will be crucial to ensuring efficient content and application delivery.

“Cedexis is pleased to partner with EdgeConneX to further understand the impact of proximity and direct connectivity,” notes Simon Jones, head of marketing and evangelist, Cedexis. “By combining our data on billions of Real User Measurements with information on EdgeConneX local deployments, we are better able to understand the evolving Internet landscape. Customers needing to navigate the growth in hybrid cloud and content will be looking for solutions that manage multiple local and regional service providers.”

“The robust edge ecosystem within each of our Edge Data Centers is expanding each day as the Internet must support the nonstop content, cloud and application demand,” states Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer, EdgeConneX. “Along with Cedexis, we are pleased to validate and showcase how we are bringing the Internet community together to improve peering and connectivity globally.”

EdgeConneX specializes in providing purpose-built, power dense Edge Data Center solutions that enable the fastest delivery of data to end-users. EdgeConneX has created a new Edge of the Internet by designing and deploying facilities that are strategically positioned nearest to network provider aggregation points, ensuring the lowest latency data delivery with improved security and quality of service.