Do You Need a CDN with Cloud Hosting?

Any website has a fair amount of “heavy” static content: JavaScript libraries, CSS, graphics, and various binaries. Storing and distributing this content is always associated with certain problems.

Difficulties with the distribution of statics increase as site traffic grows. The load on the server is growing, page loading time is increasing, and users are experiencing more and more inconveniences. The geographical factor also plays a significant role: the greater the distance between the user and the server hosting the site, the slower everything works for them.

Geographical remoteness from end users hinders the development of many web projects and the expansion of their audience. Many parts of the world still lack high-speed Internet connectivity.

Today, G-Core Labs is ready to help customers overcome distances and ensure the delivery of static content at maximum speed by connecting CDN technology to cloud storage.

Your website is typically parked on a single server or location when using traditional hosting. But hosting with a CDN allows you to have a large number of additional edge servers dispersed over the globe, which contain preserved versions of the multimedia on your website. Due to this, the distance between clients and the main server does not affect the data transfer rate.


Seconds are everything

A couple of seconds seems like a very little amount of time. However, statistics show that consumers will quit a web page and never come back if it takes even a few extra milliseconds to load. For commercial web projects, an extra second can also result in financial losses.

Search engines tend to prefer fast sites. First, ranking algorithms take into account the speed at which pages load. Second, it is important to consider the behavioral component. Users who abandon a page that loads slowly lessen its “weight” for search engines. A slow website is unlikely to get widespread user acceptance.

With the help of a CDN, you can solve all the problems described above and make sure that the site can load quickly from anywhere in the world.

Efficient organization of data storage in a CDN

Since CDN is a flexible and scalable solution, most requests from edge servers are processed without a connection to the main server or applications. But before it becomes available in the cache, the data must go to the main store, because if it is not cached, it will be requested from there. This applies to all types of files, including images, videos, etc. Thus, the main storage is a critical component for the functioning of applications.

Most CDNs are file-based solutions, where data is stored on disk, serving as the origin server for the network’s cache. Other storage methods, such as cloud storage or some types of object-oriented architectures, are employed. The main feature of storing files in a CDN system is that it should be more advanced than simple storage in the cloud. CDN is a big infrastructure, and the organization of file storage in the system and applications is of great importance.

If you need help setting this up in your company, you can hire a third-party company or a professional with a certification in AWS.

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