3 Tips for Cloudfront Configuration

In High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Frontend Engineers by Steve Souders[book] (not in preview), it was stated that “At Yahoo!, properties that moved static content off their application web servers to a CDN improved end-user response times by 20% or more.” In addition, we here at the Web Performance Lab have even seen scalability increases as high as 1400%! If you want a responsive site for everyone, even someone trying to access it from a remote island in the Pacific, you might consider implementing a Content Delivery Network (CDN) distribution. In the past, we have posted articles about […]

Web Performance News for the Week of December 2, 2013

Numerous articles are being delivered to the internet everyday. Not everyone has the time to read every articles of interest to them. To help facilitate updates in the web performance world, here are a series of summaries to keep readers updated. Akamai Technologies Inc acquires DDOS company Prolexic Akamai will acquire all of the outstanding equity of Prolexic in exchange for a net cash payment of about $370 million.  The transaction is expected to occur in the first half of 2014. Although Akamai already has a service to protect online companies from DDoS (distributed denial of service )attacks, CEO Tom […]

How Busy is the CDN?

How Busy is the CDN?

In our previous post about helping the Delivergood Magento store by enabling a Cloudfront Content Delivery Network (CDN) distribution, we saw the benefits that a CDN could provide for their store’s scalability. Let’s go into detail about how you might shape your distribution by asking some questions. Do you want the CDN distribution to take almost all the work off of your main server or only some of it? How busy do you want to keep the CDN distribution? All of these questions determine how much time you will put in obtaining the most out of your Cloudfront distribution. For […]

WebPerfLab – Impact of a CDN

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Content Delivery Networks are systems designed to increase the capacity of your website. But is it worth implementing? How much does it improve scalability? 10%? 20%? 100%? Would you believe over 300%? How about that it alone quadrupled the amount of throughput our website can handle? Before we delve into the details of the results, we first need to explain what a Content Delivery Network is and how it works, so we can understand why these improvements were so dramatic. How it works A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a system of distributed servers that takes advantage of server placement, […]