Content delivery networks, or CDNs, are one of the easiest ways to improve the performance of a web application. By caching assets on servers around the world, you can minimize the stress on the original server and dramatically improve load times. Load testing CDNs can help you quantify their benefits, identify any configuration errors, and choose the best provider for your requirements.
Read more about how CDNs work, how and why to load test them, and some best practices to keep in mind when doing so.
Use this checklist to help find the best CDN provider for your requirements.
- Akamai CDN
Akamai is one of the world’s largest distributed computing platforms, responsible for serving between 15% and 30% of all web traffic.
- Amazon CloudFront
Amazon has servers across Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and several major cities in the United States, operating as a pay-as-you-go service.
BootstrapCDN is a public CDN that’s used by more than 7.9 million websites worldwide at no cost to the end user.
Cloudflare built a name for itself in DNS, but moved into the CDN space several years ago, becoming one of the largest companies in the space.
Fastly is an edge cloud platform that supports advanced functionality, such as image optimization, video and streaming, cloud security and load balancing.
Google Cloud CDN
Google’s CDN is highly scalable and reliable, present on over 90 internet exchanges and at over 100 interconnection facilities around the world.
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