Determining your software infrastructure is one of the most critical parts of the development process. When you’re in the development stage, resources aren’t an issue. After you deploy and publish your application, too few resources can lead to a crashed product. However, having excessive resources is an expensive part of IT. You don’t need to spend thousands upfront to have a reliable, scalable infrastructure platform for your software product. Using a CDN, your application can harness resources when it’s needed without the high costs of traditional hosting services.
The cloud has given developers and new companies the ability to scale costs as they grow. Traditionally, to host your own software you needed your own small data center in your office. You needed routers, cabling, servers, firewalls, and the IT people to manage it. It would cost new businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars to host their own application. Now, new businesses have the option of cloud hosting.
Cloud hosting gives businesses the ability to create virtual machines or pay for dedicated servers in the cloud host’s data centers. With a CDN, developers can then add performance to the service using edge servers cache. The difference between the virtual machine and the edge servers on a CDN is the amount of resources available to the servers. A virtual machine for a new business has enough resources to support users. The CDN’s servers download content from these virtual machines and cache data. Cached data served to users is much faster than forcing a server to process requests each time content is rendered.
It’s important to note that a CDN works with your cloud host. It’s an affordable addition that speeds up your application considerably. A CDN is especially beneficial for developers (such as gaming developers) that deliver content continuously, and then need users to download large files for updates.
Scaling Costs as the Application Grows in Popularity
Marketing and advertising are expensive, so every new application has a set number of initial users. Most MVPs start with a targeted group of users that test out the product for viability on the market. If it’s determined that the product is worth a full-blown version of the software, marketing and development continues. An MVP needs different resources than a full application marketed to the masses.
You can provide fast performance at low costs based on the amount of resources that you use. The great part of cloud hosting combined with a CDN is that you pay as you go, so if you have less traffic one month or your business is seasonal, you pay less than when you have high levels of traffic due to busy months. As your application increases in popularity, your costs go up but only when revenue increases as well.
Scaling costs benefits large and small businesses and changes the affordability of IT, which was traditionally too expensive for a bootstrapped startup. Not only are CDNs affordable, but they also add reliability and speed to your application. At such a low cost, the benefits are worth the added infrastructure for your software.