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Explain how a Content Delivery Network (CDN) improves the performance of a website.

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Explain how a Content Delivery Network (CDN) improves the performance of a website.

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A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is like a network of servers scattered around the globe. These servers team up to deliver website content (like images and videos) much faster.

CDN balances the load of the incoming network , so it works in fail over mode to deliver the content in case of a server failure and reduces network congestion. 

Since it is distributed across the globe, fail works even if a region is down thereby enhancing the availability and smooth performance during peak hours.

CDN servers temporary stores webpage content like images, HTML, JavaScript, audio/ video hence enhancing the performance with faster  loading content as the CDN delivers the content from the nearest server.

because of the load balancing , it acts as a good option to avert / reduce DDoS/ DoS attack. less prone to DoS atack --> higher performance / uptime.

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About CDN I first learnt during my initial trainings on cloud computing and understood them better while preparing for the Azure exam.
CDNs bring many benefits to the website performance because of their capacity to distribute content over the network efficiently, as the name also suggests.

With their servers being distributed throughout the world, CDN will pick the content closest to the user, so data has less distance to travel. Data being served faster is known as latency.

Another benefit of data being geographically distributed across several servers is load distribution. This allows website to stay responsive during spikes in traffic; CDN prevent it to become overwhelmed.

The systems become thus more reliable, with better uptime due to the rerouting of traffic to another server. It also saves on the bandwidth by caching content, reducing load which in the end leads to cost savings for the website owner.

Because all this data transfers are happening over a network CDNs were designed to offer important security features protect the content being delivered and thus the website from various attacks. These are security features like DDoS protection, authentication security, SSL/TLS encryption.

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A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is in short Man in the middle works as reverse proxy ( public <--> CDN <--> Endpoint_server ).

The servers are hosted globally, based on user request it takes nearest CDN_DC, It will help to reduce the response time.

Adding Caching on the CDN level for the static content and some basic formats ( jpeg,html,js,css...etc)will help to reduce the page response.

Based on page funtionality, we also need to prepare the ratelimiting Blocks to avoid the threats and, can serve the content without any functional failures.

Many CDN products follows the latest CVE's blocking metods.

Analysing daily traffic payload to avoid the funtional failures, and the new vulnarability's.

Good practice to declare CSP headers on CDN level and updating cipher suite to minimise the rick for end_servers, 

Maintaing the cert in both CDN and Server level is gives more security to our product.




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A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a system of distributed servers that deliver web content and other web services to users based on their geographic locations. Here’s how a CDN improves the performance of a website:

  1. Reduced Latency: CDNs place servers at strategic, geographically dispersed locations around the world. This means that when a user requests a file (like an image or a video), it is served from the server closest to them, rather than from a central server that might be thousands of miles away. This proximity reduces the time it takes for the data to travel, thereby reducing latency and speeding up load times.

  2. Load Balancing: During times of high traffic, CDNs can distribute the load evenly across multiple servers, preventing any single server from becoming overwhelmed. This ensures that the website remains available and performs well, even during peak periods or traffic surges.

  3. Increased Scalability: By distributing the traffic across several servers, CDNs can handle more concurrent requests without the need for additional hardware. This scalability is crucial for handling sudden spikes in traffic, such as during a product launch or a live event.

  4. Bandwidth Optimization: CDNs can optimize content as it passes through their network, compressing files and applying techniques like minifying CSS and JavaScript. This reduces the amount of data that needs to be transferred, decreasing bandwidth usage and speeding up the website.

  5. Improved Security: CDNs can enhance security by providing DDoS protection, improving SSL/TLS negotiation performance for HTTPS websites, and distributing security updates more rapidly. They act as an additional layer of defense by mitigating potential attacks before they reach the origin server.

  6. Content Optimization: Beyond simple delivery, some CDNs offer services to optimize content dynamically based on the device accessing it. For example, they can adjust image size and resolution for different devices (like smartphones versus desktops) to ensure fast loading without compromising on quality.

By leveraging a CDN, websites can achieve faster speeds, improved reliability, and better user experiences globally, which is particularly important for sites with a wide geographical reach or those that experience high volumes of traffic.

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A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a system of distributed servers that deliver web content to a user based on the geographic locations of the user, the origin of the webpage, and a content delivery server. A Content Delivery Network (CDN) improves the performance of a website:

1. Caching content: It's store a cached version of the website content in the multiple geographical location
2. Reducing latency: When user reqeusts a webpage, the CDN redirects the request from the originating site's server to a server in the CDN that is closest to the user,thereby minimize the distance.

3. Improving load times: the CDN can reduce the time it takes for the page to load. 

4. Reduce bandwidth costs: can reduce the amount of data the origin server must transfer, thereby reducing hosting bandwidth costs.

5. Increasing content availablity: By distributing the service spatially relative to end-users, CDNs also increase the availability of content during large surges in traffic or hardware failures

6. Enhancing security: mitigating Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, which can bring down websites by overwhelming them with traffic.

In conclusion, CDNs are a key part of the internet infrastructure that help improve the speed, reliability, and security of websites and services.

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CDNs deploy servers at the edge and closer to customers, thus reducing latency, and inmproving customer experience.

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