Better operational efficiency and improved speed of connectivity is all a company asks for. And it is not too much to ask for as the only one way for the company to communicate with their customers or clients is their personalized website and the foundation of a website working with its utmost efficiency is a good and reliable website hosting platform. For all this as cloud hosting has recently gained popularity in the market, CDN (Content Delivery Network) hosting is not behind. The working model of CDN hosting works on the principle of delivering content like graphics, texts, scripts etc. from multiple servers.
Content Delivery Network is a globally distributed network of proxy servers which is stationed at several data centres. Whenever we go through our Instagram feed or just binging YouTube videos, we are indirectly experiencing the magic of CDN which is the backbone of every image or movie. The CDN was developed with the intention to totally get released of all the latency issues which we very often go through while loading a new website and is the most bothersome situation. This usually happens due to the geographical distance between the loading location and the location of the servers. With CDN, this issue is resolved and has improved the speed and performance of the website.
Though cloud hosting and Content Delivery Network sounds the same and are assumed to perform the same set of responsibilities, but this is a very big misconception. The responsibilities of cloud hosting and CDN lies totally in parallel worlds. It can be accurately explained in the way that even if you are already hosting your website on cloud hosting, then also your website needs CDN. So if your website is hosted on cloud so to further get a better protection and optimization for your digital assets, you will be needing CDN for your website.
With the application of CDN it proved that with the right placement of the servers by the geographical perspective can totally change the experience of the website for a visitor of your website. So basically it reduces latency by delivering the content from the nearest possible node and thus reducing abeyance to a quite great level. Cloud hosting and cloud CDN hosting work together to mitigate latency and loophole in the performance of the website. Also according to a survey 40 percent of a website visitors back out from loading it if it takes more than 3 seconds to load.
How does CDN hosting works?
So till now we have understood that CDN is not a replacement but an additional way to increase the efficiency and speed. So for the working of a CDN first you have to choose a physical data center location. So let’s see a scenario where your data centre location is in US central, but people are trying to access your website from Europe so it will but obvious take a longer time to load your website in Europe as the data has to travel a very farther distance. Now that is what you call latency which also leads to several networking hops to serve data requests from the browser to the cloud hosting server and then back to the web browsers. So basically cloud CDN hosting helps to load your website from the nearest server.
To get all these services, first select the most appropriate CDN service provider and then subscribe to their services on a monthly or by the amount of data your website is using. Integration of CDN has become quite easier as compared to it used to be few years ago. There is practically no more work needed to link your content to CDN. For this you have to utilize a CDN free plugin which will directly link to your content.
Now the question arises that how CDN route users to the correct location. To get this done cloud CDN hosting uses two very different type of technologies that is IP Analyst and geolocation routing.
Benefitting the individual users, cloud CDN hosting is beneficial to which other industries or businesses?
The businesses where CDN hosting find its best usage are-
Financial institutions- CDN hosting helps the banking sectors and provide them with faster and faster infrastructure which is very much necessary in sector like banking where sensitive information is shared very frequently among the users.
Media – The time is a very big concern in all the companies in the media or publishing domain and the information should be up to date. Therefore, CDN will help in updating the headlines and will also help in removing the data that becomes updated as and when required.
Ecommerce – Traffic on ecommerce websites becomes intimidating at times. These situations generally arise during festivals or holidays. Cloud CDN hosting will help in delivering the content on time.
Mobile Applications- Cloud CDN hosting also proves its utility in the case of mobile applications by reducing load times and increasing responsiveness.