Uses of Rackspace CDN

  • Last updated on: 2015-05-18
  • Authored by: Catherine Richardson

Following are some uses of Rackspace CDN:

Website acceleration

Commonly built with a mix of static objects and text, formatting like CSS, and some media components like marketing videos, websites can be CDN enabled quickly and easily. With origin-pull technology, you simply identify a host name and an origin, and your entire site is cached and accelerated.

Application acceleration

Applications often have many cacheable components, like pictures, static text, and style formatting, that can be cached on the edge. For dynamic, noncacheable content, Rackspace CDN finds the best route back to the origin and prefetches upcoming material to improve delivery speeds.

Blogs and database-powered content

Instead of having your web servers render content for every unique visit, you can use a CDN to deliver cached content to website visitors instead. This reduces the overall load on your local web server and database, because HTML is being served in a edge location local to the user. Apart from this CPU efficiency, users will also get content faster because the latency has improved.

eCommerce stores

For eCommerce stores with many photos and static assets, rendering product pages can involve paying for a large amount of outgoing bandwidth. If your eCommerce platform renders images dynamically (for custom dimensions, for example), this gets even more expensive. Rackspace CDN enables you to selectively cache certain subdomains or URL patterns to edge nodes. Users get content from the edge node rather than your web servers.

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