Updated: Aug 12, 2022
A content delivery network (CDN) is a way to deliver content from your website or mobile application to people more quickly and efficiently, based on their geographic location. A CDN is made up of a network of servers (“points of presence,” or POPs) in locations all over the world.
There are a few different types of CDN’s. There are standard CDN’s for just delivering websites like a hosting company and then there are video CDN’s that are specifically optimized for delivery high quality video streams and video on demand content.
How Do CDNs Work:
A video CDN must be able to support both VOD and streaming as well as other features that a network owner or OTT operator might need such as The ability to broadcasts simultaneously to social media, the ability to record live broadcasts, and the ability to create and schedule playlists, ability to offer multiple and adaptive bit-rates, integrate dynamic add insertion and much more.
So in essence a video CDN at its core is the ability to deliver video to thousands of simultaneous viewers of your network across the globe with the value-added features listed above.
A CDN gives you the ability to deploy your video content in a professional manner that drives customer loyalty and dependability instead of standard hosting which could only server one or two viewers at at a time.
Who can benefit from using a CDN?
Anybody who has a website or mobile application that’s likely to be requested by more than one user at a time can benefit from a CDN. They are especially useful for large, complex websites with users spread across the globe, and websites or mobile apps with lots of dynamic content. Some of the benefits CDNs can provide your website include:
Faster load times for web and mobile users
Quickly scalable during times of heavy traffic
Minimizes risk of traffic spikes at point of origin, ensuring site stability
Decreases infrastructure costs due to traffic offloading (less load on origin)
Better site performance
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