For any developer, a massive amount of data must be transferred during deployment of an application. It’s not uncommon for developers to fight for bandwidth during large data transfers with other users both customers and co-workers. Poor transfer speeds can stem from several issues including poor infrastructure, low bandwidth or insufficient server resources. Adding a content delivery network (CDN) can alleviate congestion and free up resources during deployments and large file transfers.
Big Data Transfers
For large applications, a deployment can require several gigabytes of data transferred to a hosting server. FTP and HTTP are both used to transfer this data, but most hosting services throttle bandwidth accessibility based on the plan chosen during contractual signup.
If deployments are done during busy peak hours, the bandwidth used can severely slow speeds for customers trying to browse the organization’s site or download from a repository. In addition to slow speeds, large data transfers add to the monthly hosting cost for customers that pay based on the amount of data used.
These big data transfers are a necessity, and some organizations work day and night, so transferring data during off-peak hours isn’t an option. For businesses that need to ensure fast speeds at all hours of the day, even weekends, the only option is to increase bandwidth, pay for expensive infrastructure resources, or adding a CDN to the mix can improve performance without the expensive upgrades.
CDNs and Big Data Transfer Support
Transfer speeds are measured in bits per second (bps), and bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred in a given amount of time. More bandwidth just means that the organization can transfer more data in a smaller amount of time. Transfer speeds can be measured in terabytes, gigabytes and megabytes for older infrastructure with slow capacity.
For organizations that have bot internal and external file downloads, a CDN can alleviate congestion by moving traffic from customer downloads to CDN servers. CDNs have data centers located across the globe in several strategic geographic locations. These data centers have edge servers that pull data from an organization’s main server and cache it on the local server. When users make a request to download a file, they contact the closest edge server where content is cached. Cached content is served faster, and the organization’s main bandwidth isn’t being used.
By adding a CDN into infrastructure, customers no longer contact one location. Customers closer to a data center use CDN resources and download from a different location than the origin server, which frees up server and bandwidth for the organization.
The cost for new CDN service is measured by the amount of data that you use, and it’s only a few cents per gigabyte. This service is great for businesses that use big data and transfer large files across the Internet. It’s also beneficial for customers that request large files such as software or gaming patches, version upgrades or application distribution. Even with the added cost, the reduction in data use can greatly lower an IT bill for bandwidth use.