The delivery of media files, software, documents, applications and real time video/audio streams puts strain upon both server and network. It is also affected by the user's proximity to the web server through latency and packet loss.
The CDN is a caching system that directs your customers to the nearest caching server (or node). They retrieve content from the node instead of the origin server, reducing the load on the latter and allowing for much faster delivery of the content. For example, Yahoo! discovered that moving static content off their application web servers to a CDN improved end-user response times by 20% or more.
PEER 1 Hosting’s RapidEdge CDN uses global load balancing technology and caching servers across 16 datacenters in Europe and North America for fast, smooth delivery from any datacenter and with no site modification. It improves response time and user experience while enhancing web servers' quality, reliability and scalability.
On-Demand Propagation instantly pushes out content from the origin site to each caching server, but only when it is requested from a specific geographical location. This increases performance and reduces costs.
The RapidEdge CDN online control panel provides real-time information and easy-to-use tools for monitoring, distributing and managing your content.