A content delivery network (CDN) is a collection of system distributed servers that helps in delivering web pages and other web content to the user depending on the geographical location of the users. This mainly helps in speeding up the content delivery process from the website to its users. The closer the CDN server is to the geographical location of the user, the faster the content delivery will be. This mainly helps with traffic management in case there are any surges in the network.
How does CDN work:
The content delivery network copies the pages of a website to a network of servers which are present all over the world. When a user requests a particular page, the CDN will redirect the request from the originating site’s server to the server in the CDN that is closest to the user. This delivers the cached content to the user in the least amount of time. The CDN also communicates with the original server to deliver any content that has not been previously cached. This helps deliver different types of content, including the following services:
- software downloads
- web and mobile content acceleration
- licensed/managed CDN
- transparent caching
- services to measure CDN performance
- video streaming
- load balancing
- multi-CDN switching
- analytics and cloud intelligence
Advantages of CDN services include:
Faster and More Efficient Content Delivery
Delivering content in a large scale can reduce the latency, reduce bandwidth consumption, and also improve the security of the application. Using CDN servers can make the content deliverable in a much faster and more efficient way. CDN is an essential tool to successfully conduct business online. They are built to make the content delivery at a large scale in an efficient way.
Performance, Availability, Security, Intelligence.
Content delivery becomes faster due to the highly reliable environment. This allows operators to deliver high quality content with a high level of service to their customers. The risk of having a lower network latency and packet loss will be eliminated. End users experience much less jitter. CDN users can deliver high definition of content with high quality, low costs, and low network loads.
CDNs offer higher availability and better usage analytics that dynamically distribute assets to a strategically placed core. CDNs can provide more control of asset delivery and network load. They provide the best view for the real time load. They can also offer 100% availability even with the large power, network or hardware outages. This, alone, would be a major reason to deploy the CDN for your business.
Secure storage capacity for the contents for your business and security against DDoS attacks help make CDNs great choices for your professional needs. CDNs also enable more simultaneous users by ensuring a stable network with a high data threshold. A large number of users can access the network at the same time without any loss of content or any traffic delays.
Different types of CDNs include:
- Peer-to-peer CDN
- Private CDN
- Bootstrap CDN
The question of whether you should use a CDN or not depends on the need for your company. Our experts can help you decide the specifications if you need any for your business. Their main reason was to solve the problem of latency, if you think that is one of the solutions which you and your company are trying to solve contact us to more about it. Every second count when it comes to content delivery to your customers. Contact us for more information regarding the CDN.