Content Delivery Networks

Optimal load distribution and loading times.

Videos without loading times with content delivery networks

Modern websites and web applications have to take the constantly changing requirements of the users into consideration. And the development aims at one very important aspect: The Internet has arrived in society and in business processes. That is why the need to provide website visitors with good and helpful content and offer employees modern web applications is contantly increasing.

If, due to long loading times, the content of the web applications only arrives at the user with a delay, it is out of date and a competitive disadvantage. Studies in the last few years have shown that a website loading time of more than three seconds results in the user leaving the site. A great video with a suboptimal technical background misses its mark because of long loading times.

To be able to present videos and other content without long waiting times requires modern content delivery networks (CDNs). These shorten loading times, significantly reduce IT expenditures for companies and provide space for modern web applications.

Why content celivery networks shorten loading times

If a video is incorporated in a website in the classical manner it is frequently located only on a server. If a user clicks on the video, the information is called up from the server. This may, depending on the user's geographical location or as a result of high web traffic, mean long loading times. 

Part of a modern web application's persuasive powers are attributable to the permanently fast loading times and stable transmission speeds. In content delivery networks, the video is placed on an original server that is connected with a global network of servers and distributes the video information. Every time the video is called up, it is delivered to the user in the fastest way via the CDN server. 

In this way, the loading time is significantly shortened. And even when the traffic is high, the website or web application performs well.

Advantages of content delivery networks

  • Fast loading times worldwide thanks to distribution to thousands of CDN servers around the world. 
  • The probability of a failure is significantly reduced by the enormous number of nodes connected with one another in the CDN network.
  • Thanks to the content delivery network, the load for globally used web applications is distributed optimally.
  • The use of a content delivery network reduces the company's expenditures for own server and IT infrastructure.

How cloud computing makes web applications more efficient

Content delivery networks are web services for high-performance web applications without long loading times. The same applies for files, images, graphics and texts of a web application as does for videos in the web.

Depending on the options and configuration as a web service, content delivery networks assume the task of providing all web content quickly and reliably. A pioneer in this field and one of the market leaders is Amazon Web Services (AWS): The stipulated content such as videos is presented optimally in the web application by means of the CloudFront web service - securely and with the latest technology. 

Companies also profit from the fact that they no longer need to maintain their own servers with an expensive IT infrastructure.

CDN's at Infopark

Infopark uses the advantages of content delivery networks for modern web projects when developing and managing applications. As an AWS development partner, we advise you extensively about the possibilities of web services and content delivery networks for your company.