Content sharing and file downloads have become a huge part of the web today. From Youtube video channels and their clones, or image hosting and file download sites, content delivery has never been more popular or important. Cloud technology powers many of these delivery platforms to allow distribution of resources around the world and to avoid bandwidth bottlenecks.
As a provider of modern hosting infrastructure, Perigee leverages the flexibility and scaling capacity of Content Delivery Networks for all of our hosting services. Unique in the industry is the ability to buy standard hosting packages, and have the ability to use any portion of your bandwidth allowance on our CDN services, providing cost-effective scaling with no minimum commitments. Combined with a high-performance reliable hosting service, our hosting packages are a truly affordable service.
How a CDN Works
Normally when you publish a file or piece of content on your website, the link to the download is pointing back to an area on your website. If 100 people were to download the file at the same time, then all of these downloads will come from the same server / website. This can result in low download speeds for your users if the website’s bandwidth is being fully used, or if the website server is under too much load.
To solve this bottleneck, the published links are changed so that they point to another URL or hostname which lives on the Content Delivery Network. For the “Origin Pull” type of On-Demand CDN that we provide with all of our hosting packages, all download requests forwarded to the content network are processed by first checking in the CDN cache for the file. If the file does not exist, then the CDN will ‘pull’ the file from an origin server – usually this would be your website. After pulling the file from your website, it passes this through to the downloader, and also stores the file for future download requests.
When Should I Use a CDN?
In addition using it for serving static content that is part of the website. a CDN is also perfect for serving large file downloads or media files. By having the content stored and served from servers across Asia, United States and Europe, you can minimize the distance between download locations and users and ensure the availability of high-speed downloading of files. File Hosting services rely on this technique, either via individual dedicated mirrors or a Content Delivery / Cloud Hosting Distribution model.
Setting Up a CDN For Your Website
After you order any of our hosting services, just submit a ticket in the support area requesting a CDN addon. This addon can also be requested during ordering. We will handle all of the technical aspects of the CDN setup and help with any necessary integration steps for your website.
Call us today on (212) 400-7632 or email us to discuss all available options or to develop a customized plan for you.