What is a CDN (Content Delivery Network)?
A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a network of servers that deliver pages, images, video or audio files and other Web content to your visitors, from the closest location.
This service is effective in speeding the delivery of content of websites with high traffic and websites that have global reach. The closer the CDN server is to the website visitor, the faster the content will be delivered. CDNs also provide protection from large surges in traffic.
How a Content Delivery Network Functions
Servers nearest to the website visitor respond to the request. The content delivery network copies the pages of a website to a network of servers that are dispersed at geographically different locations, caching the contents of the page. When a user requests a webpage which is a part of a content delivery network, the CDN will redirect the request from the originating site’s server to a server of the CDN that is closest to the user and deliver the cached content. CDNs will also communicate with the originating server to deliver any content that has not been cached.
The process of bouncing through CDNs is transparent to the user. The only way a user would know if a CDN has been accessed is if the delivered URL differs from the URL requested.
Many Online Businesses Use CDNs
When delivering large scale websites to a global audience, CDNs can reduce latency, speed up site load times, reduce bandwidth consumption secure applications and even block data scrappers and other forms of spammers hitting your server.
Content delivery networks are used for B2B interactions and in serving content to consumers. Today, as more aspects of daily life move online, organizations use a content delivery network to speed up static content, dynamic content, mobile content, e-commerce transactions, video, voice, games and so on.
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