Improvements in website performance usually come at a price, and these small costs add up to larger IT spending to support the web application. Most costs require a flat increase in your monthly fees, but what happens when you need to scale up or down based on revenue? Your bill is too expensive during slow seasons, but you need to scale up during busy seasons. With CDN.net and new pricing pay-as-you-go structure, you can pay for only the resources that you use.
Do You Even Need a CDN?
Before implementing any extra infrastructure, developers want to know that the added expense is worth the effort. CDNs have revolutionized the way many larger networks do business. Gaming developers can deploy patches without performance degradation. The movie industry leverages CDN speed for streaming. Even the IoT market can take advantage of a performance boost.
A CDN gives you the power of a distributed network with data centers and edge servers located across the globe. They are especially valuable to developers that need reliability, scalability and fast download speeds for their distributed files. CDNs have recently been an integral part of applications that require large data downloads or frequent updates.
When developers use a CDN to better distribute content, they not only offer better speed to users, but they remove a lot of the strain on resources that could crash their servers. Content is sent to a CDN’s edge servers at data centers across the globe. These edge servers cash the content and distribute it to users located in close proximity. Developers no longer have thousands of users access a server to download several gigabytes at a time. Even some of the fastest web farms still suffer performance issues when this happens. Instead, using a CDN will distribute the content and take the load off of the web servers.
Another advantage is reliability and uptime. When housing your own servers, you could suffer from downtime either from a bug in software, hardware failure, or a loss in ISP connectivity. Most enterprise-level networks have disaster recovery backup systems, but for small businesses these are expensive and often ignored. A CDN will keep your content cached and available for users even while your origin server suffers from downtime.
Advantages of a Pay-As-You-Go Model
With a CDN, you can scale your service up or down but flat rates can be expensive during slow times. With CDN.net’s pay-as-you-go model, you only pay for the resources that you use. This price then scales with your system, so it drops when you have slow periods and scales up when you truly need the performance boost from traffic spikes.
A CDN might seem like an unnecessary cost upfront, but the performance boost will eliminate the possibility of lost revenue due to a website that can’t handle a traffic spike. Users lose confidence in web applications that aren’t able to load, perform poorly, or don’t deliver content in a reasonable amount of time. With a CDN, you eliminate these hassles and provide a good user experience for any user regardless of where they are located.