With global consumer internet traffic expected to reach 60 exabytes, the amount of information on multiple delivery networks is expected to dramatically increase.
Compare this with traffic of just around one exabyte seven years back. The user proximity to web servers has a dramatic impact on response times. Changing the architecture involves intense tasks including synchronizing the session state, and replicating database transactions in different server locations.
Best practices such as The Performance Golden Rule explain the importance of front-end dynamics. This essentially means that a large amount of time is spent downloading components in the page including images, style sheets, scripts, Flash et al. Redesigning the application architecture paradigm such as the client-proxy server, reactors, replicated servers, information aggregation, and bulk processing can be difficult.
This can be addressed somewhat by CDNs. So pray, how do content delivery networks work? They are a collection of web servers distributed across multiple locations that make content a more effective vehicle for users. The server selected is based on a measure of network proximity. Usually, when choosing a device, the one with the fewest network hops, and the quickest response time is chosen.
The larger the company, the easier it is to own their own CDN, but it is cost-effective to consider service providers such as Akamai Technologies, Limelight Networks, AT&T, Cotendo, CacheFly, Internap, CDNetworks among others.
The cost of a CDN can be prohibitive. As a collection of web servers distributed across multiple locations, it also delivers content effectively to the user. Switching to a provider is a codechange that promises to dramatically improve web site speeds.
Cultural, geographical and technical differences determine how effective it can be. Research reports indicate that Japan and South Korea have the maximum broadband speeds in the world. The United States follows closely. The Netherlands has the fastest speeds in Europe.
Faster, Stronger, Better
As consistency and faster access coupled with advertising delivery is essential to customers, most major companies have partnered with leading players in the field including Akamai Technologies, BitGravity Technologies as well as Limelight Technologies. Media, advertising, and gaming are some of the industries where CDNs are actively used. In some major big-league companies, moving static content off their application web servers claim to have experienced improved end-user response times.
2011 saw CDN vendors tackle the internet infrastructure market with a mixed record. Vendors also experienced good growth, but it was with a pinch of salt. The Akamai acquisition of Cotendo Inc. for $268 million in late 2011 changes the equation a little. The firm also claims that it operates a distributed computing platform made of a growing number of networked servers.
Exponential growth in traffic is possible due to services that route data intelligently. Akamai’s algorithms claim to optimize online routes for content delivery. The increasing rich, interactive content over the internet make more complex sites require CDN vendors. Video has surpassed file sharing as the online activity that accounted for the highest percentage of file sharing.
It's In The Bandwidth
As more high-bandwidth and high-definition content is available over the Internet, CDN market share is set to increase. Our alliances with mainstream vendors make Dreamfire a trusted solutions provider.
It is very complex for firms without sufficient technical expertise to integrate with a single or multiple CDNs. Extensive experience makes us adept at handling performance, capacity, network engineering, and content cacheability; guaranteed to make complex website implementations a breeze.