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Nov072007

What CDN would you recommend?

Hi all, a

I run a site that after a complete redesign have gotten a lot more traffic. The site provides free flash games, so the biggest traffic share goes to serving flash files (from about 100K and up to several megabytes in size each.)

I currently host the entire site on a hosting provider that have no traffic limits. But since they are very cheap (yet have served me very well all the time with at least 99,9% uptime), I don't trust them in allowing me to continue consuming more and more bandwidth. I just guess I'm going to reach some internal limit they have on day, so I'm looking into moving all the flash content over to a content delivery network of some sort.

Some recent traffic stats:
August: 12 GB
September: 22 GB
October: 55 GB
November: Currently 2,3 GB pr day on average, but it's rising..

I've been looking into Amazon S3, but have not decided on anything yet. So therefor I'm asking if there are any other provides I should consider, that operates within the same price range as Amazon does (or lower)?


Best regards,
Christian Felde

Reader Comments (5)

It's an area where it's difficult to get solid experience reports on, so I don't have anything really helpful to say. This article may have some good places to start: http://highscalability.com/can-you-profit-coming-content-delivery-network-wars">Can you profit from the coming Content Delivery Network wars?. The problem with S3 is that it's not a CDN. A CDN will distribute content close to your users and then route users to the closest copy. S3 doesn't do that, which may be fine, it's just something to be aware of.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterTodd Hoff

Did you ever decide on a CDN?

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered Commentereliott

There have been a few good CDN articles that might be of interest:
0. Pingdom's http://royal.pingdom.com/?p=249">A look at Content Delivery Networks, or “how to serve lots of content really fast”
1. http://www.winnersdontlose.com/2008/02/application-acceleration-strat.html">Edge Acceleration Strategies: Akamai by Tony Chang.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterTodd Hoff

thanks for the links.
:)

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered Commentereliott

Though since the post was published a lot of time has passed i'd say that using a CDN for a website now is even more crucial than previously. Personally i would recommend Edgecast CDN for websites as they make sure that content of a websites is served as fast as it's possible and from the closest point-of-presense to a user and the whole websites is fast, secured and seo-optimized. Though to buy services from them directly requires at least 12-months contact, so i'd take a look at their resellers, like http://jodihost.com, for example, that works o pay-as-you-go model and offers quite cheap prices.

December 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVick

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