Author Archives: Chris

CDN security
28 Jan 2019
Securing your origin server in today’s digitally-driven online world is vital. With cybersecurity threats growing in both number and sophistication, attackers can compromise an unprotected server in minutes leaving you and your visitors at risk. In an ever-evolving threat landscape, it is crucial that you take proactive steps to ensure your site is safe. Securing your origin server from possible compromise requires you to perform several administrative functions that protect your website, server, and data. Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) improve the performance and security of your website. [...]
virtualization vs containerization
14 Jan 2019
Virtualization and containerization have been and remain popular technology infrastructure deployment models. Both allow you to run multiple applications in an isolated environment on a host operating system. With virtualization being the older of the two technologies, it owns a large footprint of the cloud infrastructure market. However, containerization has become a trendy alternative in recent years. Every technology giant including Microsoft, Google, and IBM support and have solutions that leverage it. When it comes to provisioning infrastructure for [...]
CDN performance
17 Dec 2018
CDN optimization is a vital task in ensuring you get the most out of your service. It also ensures your users enjoy the best possible experience driving more traffic to your site. Even though a Content Delivery Network (CDN) exists to improve the performance of your website, ensuring the CDN performs as it should is a shared responsibility. CDN providers are responsible for managing the caching servers, networks, load balancers, and other related infrastructure needed to deliver your content [...]
cdn edge
27 Nov 2018
CDN Edge solutions are going to become more relevant as IoT continues its impressive growth. With the arrival of 5G, the amount of data that IoT devices create is expected to increase exponentially and will require edge solutions that can store, process, and analyze the data as close to the source as possible. In the world of distributed computing, there are currently two contrary paradigms at play. On the one hand, we see the movement of I.T. workloads and data [...]
HTTP2 CDN
12 Nov 2018
Token authentication and URL signing are technologies which help you secure your CDN content. Using these authentication solutions, you can ensure only legitimate users or services are authorized to access and download the content you have placed on your CDN. Typically, web asset administrators use this type of solution to prevent the hotlinking of material, in which a third-party site or service uses your web assets without permission. This unauthorized access can result in your CDN costs increasing or [...]
CDN storage
22 Oct 2018
CDN Storage is an essential element of the service a Content Delivery Network (CDN) utilizes to improve the performance, scalability, and availability of your website. CDNs are able to provide these benefits by caching your website’s static content on servers across the world ensuring the shortest delivery route to your global users. There are two distinct methods CDNs utilize to perform this caching service, push publishing and pull publishing. Push CDN publishing involves the consistent copying of your static files [...]
CDN SEO
08 Oct 2018
Cache-Control Headers are utilized by Content Delivery Network (CDN) services to provide the caching platform needed for content optimization and accelerated distribution. The caching used by CDNs adheres to similar technology principles which your web browser deploys to make sites load faster on your local device. Just as your browser keeps local data cached on your hard drive for quick access, so do CDNs keep cached data on their nodes ensuring visitors to your site experience faster load times. [...]
cdn edge
01 Oct 2018
CDN DNS routing is what makes the performance optimization offered by Content Delivery Networks possible. It gives CDNs the ability to dynamically route traffic to their nodes across the world enabling them to improve the user experience of website visitors with faster site load times. DNS Unicast or Anycast are two possible routing solutions which CDNs utilize to accomplish this. However, what is the difference between the two and which one provides the better solution? Sites using CDNs configured with [...]
HTTP2 CDN
12 Sep 2018
The Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) is a streaming technology created for high-performance live transmission of audio and video media files over the Internet. Developed by Macromedia in 2002, which was subsequently acquired by Adobe, RTMP was created to enable the transfer of multimedia files utilizing Adobe’s Flash-based platform. However, as support for HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) gains traction, many Content Delivery Network (CDN) providers no longer offer direct support for RTMP streaming which may impact producers who require low [...]
CDN API
03 Sep 2018
Developed by Apple in 2009, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) allows content producers to send live and on-demand audio and video using standard HTTP, the protocol which powers the web. The Internet we know and use, with every website capable of playing video, images, and music, was not always as interactive as it is today. When the first web page came online in the mid-1990’s text was the order of the day. The rich media experience we have come to [...]