What is Content Delivery Network and Why is it important?
Content delivery network (CDN), also known as Content Distribution Network is a complex network in charge of content delivery.
Whether you are aware of it or not, everything you load from a popular web service is mostly delivered through CDN.
For example, popular social networking platforms such as Facebook or media service provider such as Netflix uses the network to deliver all the content requested by millions of users in the shortest amount of time possible.
The idea behind CDN is to counter latency, the pesky delay interval you experience between requested data, and receiving data from a server.
The cause of delay varies on web pages, but generally, it is because of:
- The physical distance between you and that website’s hosting server. The further you are from the server which serves the content, the longer the delay.
- The monstrous traffic is creating congestions and resulting in transmitting web page requests.