Expanding our India CDN presence

This month we’ve dramatically upgraded our Indian CDN infrastructure, adding 4 new locations to our global CDN network.

We’ve added new CDN PoPs throughout India, in Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Faridabad, and Mumbai, to go with our existing CDN PoP in Jaipur, giving CDN.net local access to more than 35 million Indian citizens.

Ahmadabad is the largest city in the Gujarat, and is one of India’s fastest growing cities, for good reason; in 2014 The Times of India named Ahmadabad as the best city to live in India.

Bangalore, located in southern India, is the capital of Karnataka, and the 3rd largest city in India with more than 12 million residents. Bangalore is sometimes called the “Silicon Valley of India” due to its role as the largest IT exporter, and home to a number of universities.

Faridabad, located just south east of New Delhi, is the eighth fastest growing city in the world, and the largest city in Haryana. Faridabad was included in the Indian government’s second selection of Smart Cities Mission, which is a $14 billion project to create friendly, sustainable cities.

Finally, Mumbai is our 4th new CDN location in India. Mumbai is the largest city in India, and the capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai was known as Bombay until 1995, and is home to three UNESCO heritage sights; the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai.

Collectively, our 5 CDN PoPs give CDN.net an industry leading presence in India. The new locations are available in our CDN-LUX package. Signup for our 30 day free CDN trial today to give them a spin!

New Tools available with your CDN.net services.

Your service with CDN.net just got a whole lot better. We’ve made numerous improvements that we’re now able to proudly show off. Ready?

LetsEncrypt Integration
You’re now able to automatically generate LetsEncrypt SSL certificates for your resources hosted on CDN.net. Simply enable the LetsEncrypt SSL option and our system will do the rest. No longer worry about having to upload keys, or linking to a 3rd party website. See how to enable LetsEncrypt SSL.

WAF Security Rulesets
Performance and security now go hand in hand. Make your web applications more secure, using our WAF security rulesets. These rulesets automatically scan your inbound traffic for known malicious traffic patterns. These can be XSS, CSS exploits, or numerous other vulnerabilities. Currently we’ve provided 23 rulesets from the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) that you can enable for your website. See how to enable WAF security.

Improving pricing & transparency
We’ve improved our pricing – we’ve discounted our $50 plans to $45 and we’ve discounted our $100 plans to $80. All our customers have been automatically opted into the new pricing.

Our overage pricing has also been reduced. Overages are now as follows.

  • CDN-X: $.0225 per GB.
  • CDN-Exec: $.05 per GB.
  • CDN-Lux: $.08 per GB

Beautiful new statistics
You’re now able to view in-depth, beautiful statistics on a resource by resource basis in your CDN.net control panel. Gain transparency, and see the total amount of cached traffic passed by CDN.net. Improve your insight and see the top PoPs and your most trafficked files.

CDN.net statistics

How CDN.net provides the fastest routing for you & your visitors.

Meet the brains behind the world’s largest federated CDN network. Every request made to retrieve a file hosted on the CDN.net network goes through our routing engine, making it responsible for millions of decisions each second. The routing engine uses several different pieces of information to provide your visitor’s with the best browsing experience.

The old way – geographic based routing.

In the past, most CDNs (including CDN.net) used the geographic distance to determine the CDN PoP nearest your visitor. This wasn’t the most efficient way to make the routing decision. There’s several reasons why the nearest location may not be the fastest, such as the speed of the server’s connection, peering agreements, or congestion. In a real world example, a visitor in Eastern Russia may be closer to our PoP in Tokyo, Japan, however due to inter-connectivity agreements, your visitor may be better off accessing the content using one of our western Russia or Eastern European PoPs.

Another example is the Netflix-Comcast paid peering agreement. In the past Netflix was passing traffic to Comcast under settlement-free peering. The amount of traffic Netflix was passing to Comcast grew significantly and that peering point became overloaded, causing slower access speeds and as a result, higher ping times. Even though a PoP may have been closest to the visitor, with the peering point along the way being overloaded, it may not be the best PoP for your visitors.

No speed limits on this network.

There is a better way to make routing decisions. In the internet world, one way to determine the network speed is to use the ping time, using ICMP. Ping times are measured in milliseconds (ms) – the lower the ms, the faster the network.

In 2012 we developed a new routing engine using ping as the major metric in the routing decisions made. This provides much more accurate routing compared to the previous distance-based decision making process.

How do we obtain the ping time? When a visitor makes a request to a CDN.net hosted asset, the CDN.net DNS network obtains the IP address or the recursive DNS IP address of the visitor. Our traffic coordinator will then use its intelligence to locate the PoP with the lowest ping time to serve your visitor. If there are multiple caching servers with less than a 10% variance in ping time, we’ll load balance the requests amongst a maximum of 5 different PoPs.

Good behavior on the internet.

We want to be friends with everyone — especially the internet service providers (ISPs) of the world. As a result there is one instance where the routing decision is made based off the country rather than the ping time. We call this same country routing.

Bandwidth prices can vary greatly between countries; thus, your visitor’s local ISP would always wish for a request to utilize local traffic rather than international traffic, as it may result in increased costs for them. To be a good player on the internet, we always attempt to keep routing within the same country.

Since we developed the “ping routing” engine, it’s undergone multiple evolutions, improving the routing algorithm. We’ll continue to improve upon the routing engine, while adding density to our CDN network. We won’t ever stop being obsessed with improving the speed of the internet.

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Site slow in China? We can help – Chinese CDN from CDN.net.

In today’s increasingly globalized world, it’s often we have westernized businesses requiring their website to be accessible and fast in China. After all, China is no different – their web users are just as impatient as those in the rest of the world.

So what do you do? Selling locally on the internet is difficult, but selling to China can be an especially daunting task, with specific licensing required. Luckily you have CDN.net to help.

First, we’ve established private CDN PoPs located inside of China, available to pre-approved clients. Why are these private? China requires websites hosted locally in China to have an ICP license. This is an internet content provider license. Now I won’t downplay this; it can be extraordinarily difficult for a western company to be granted an ICP license. From 2006-2010, Google did not have an ICP license, instead borrowing a local company’s license.

So here’s the question – do you really need an ICP license?

No, you don’t NEED an ICP license. Using our CDN PoPs in surrounding countries will provide reasonable access times. Now, due to a few reasons, such as latency or the great firewall of China, your website won’t be as fast as it would if it were hosted locally. Something to note, even if you do have an ICP license, doesn’t mean your site will be whitelisted by the great firewall of China. It’s really just a license to host your site locally in China. Honestly, if you’re unsure if you need a license, it’s probably best to start with simply using our standard CDN network.

Okay, I want to host locally in China. How do I get an ICP license?

This is where things can get a bit tricky. There are some requirements that must be met in order to apply for an ICP license.

  • Chinese owned businesses with a Chinese business license can apply for a business ICP license.
  • Partially or wholly foreign-owned businesses with a Chinese business license can apply for a business ICP license.
  • Chinese nationals can apply for an individual ICP license using their state-issued ID.
  • Foreign nationals can apply for a individual ICP license using their passport as ID, however must be present in China to do so

Now there’s also an eCommerce ICP license, for businesses who primarily operate online. You’ll need to meet these requirements to receive an eCommerce ICP license.

  • Chinese-owned businesses with a Chinese business license.
  • Companies where less than 50% of the company is owned by a non-Chinese can legally apply. Note, it’s been said companies with foreign investment have had an extremely difficult time receiving a eCommerce ICP license.

Say you do meet those requirements, what’s next?

We didn’t say this was easy. There’s a few more requirements to apply.

  • You’ll need a Chinese landline or cell phone number.
  • An Alipay.com account, hooked up with an international Visa/Mastercard or other source of funds.
  • A Chinese address to receive a package, and if necessary, forward to you.
  • Someone who can read Chinese, to help you fill out the forms.

Still with me?

If you’re able to get that, then we’re really all set. At this point, you just need to submit the forms to us. We’ll submit them to our local infrastructure provider, who will send them to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, who issues the ICP licenses. If the application is approved, we’ll open up the local Chinese PoPs for you.

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Upgrades to CDN.net!

Last week we made several improvements to our backend control panel that powers CDN.net. Users now have a whole new level of insight into their CDN.net service. As a note, you’ll want to review the procedure to login to the backend control panel (OnApp) on our help site.

You now have full disclosure on your cache hit statistics, down to a PoP by PoP level hit rate. Want to see an even cooler report? You’re able to see the individual speeds for every PoP in our network.

Cache Hit Rate - CDN.netCDN Stream Speed - CDN.net

For users who are doing podcast or game delivery, the next report is going to give you tremendously valuable insight on the amount of downloads. Now we have top file report, showing your most frequently accessed files. In our example, we’re using the CDN.net website, so most of the files are extremely small.

Top Files - CDN.net

Next in line – our top referrer report, which will show you who is sending the most traffic to your CDN hosted files.

Top referrer - CDN.net

We’ve also introduced a status code report. This report is extremely valuable, because you’re able to monitor the health of your CDN resources. Most importantly, you want to avoid status codes of 301, which indicates the traffic is being sent back to the origin. Let us know, and we can help you remove these!

Status Codes - CDN.net

Want to see what your traffic looks like on a country by country level? Now it’s available, on our visitors report. Another great metric is the speed, allowing you to diagnose any speed issues on a country by country basis.

Top Countries - CDN.net

Finally, you’re able to monitor the bandwidth usage of your live streams on a resource by resource basis.

CDN Stream Bandwidth - CDN.net

April 19th Mid-Week report: Announcing 3 new PoPs & the latest in web performance.

Last week was a big week for CDN.net – we deployed 3 new PoPs, bringing online Jaipur, India, Jakarta, Indonesia & Johannesburg, South Africa. You’re able to see the full PoP maps for each of our plans below.

Interactive Maps: CDN X | CDN Exec | CDN LUX

Now for the latest in web performance.

Combine CloudFlare with CDN.net for ridiculous speeds.

Using CDN.net with CloudFlare can offer the best of breed in terms of security and performance. We’ve written a quick 15 minute tutorial to get everything setup, so you can take advantage of the security from CloudFlare and the high-performance of CDN.net.

Deploying Jenkins as a standalone application.

Jenkins is a deployment application that lets you script your change control components, saving you time and reducing mistakes. If you want to deploy Jenkins as a standalone application, you can run the Java file on your server using these steps.

Why cache hit rate matters for CDN services.

Here’s something most CDN providers won’t tell you: sometimes using a CDN can negatively impact performance. Here’s why, and tips on how to get the best performance from your CDN services.

Building your future API to increase revenue.

APIs are cost-efficient ways to get your brand recognized and integrated in multiple systems. Who better to talk about building a robust system than Twitter with its millions of users sharing one application? Before you lay out your design, here are some tips.

Identifying plugins that could be hurting your WordPress site performance.

Is your WordPress site running slow despite doing everything right? It could be from a poor choice in plugin selection. We’ll show you how to find out which plugins might be turning your site into a slug.

Don’t fall for vanity metrics.

It’s hard distinguishing metrics that promote evolution and expansion and those that do nothing but stroke our egos. As a founder, it’s important to understand the difference. In an interview with Lloyd Tab, he explains how to separate the wheat from the chaff.

If you use Microsoft Word, it’s time to patch it before downloading any more documents.

A new zero-day virus attached to Microsoft Word was recently patched. Most people know about macros and malware, but what makes this one special is that macros don’t need to be enabled to infect a system.

The ultimate, undetectable phishing attack.

A legal researcher uncovered an attack that is almost undetectable in certain browsers. Malicious attackers can spoof legitimate corporations and even have an SSL certificate registered to it.

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