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Do I need a CDN ?

By on November 28, 2017


What is a Content Delivery Networks or CDN ?


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A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a geographically distributed network of proxy servers and their data centers. The goal is to distribute service spatially relative to end-users to provide high availability and high performance. CDNs serve a large portion of the Internet content today, including web objects (text, graphics and scripts), downloadable objects (media files, software, documents), applications (e-commerce, portals), live streaming media, on-demand streaming media, and social networks.

CDNs are a layer in the internet ecosystem. Content owners such as media companies and e-commerce vendors pay CDN operators to deliver their content to their end users. In turn, a CDN pays ISPs, carriers, and network operators for hosting its servers in their data centers.

The term CDN is an umbrella term spanning different types of content delivery services: video streaming, software downloads, web and mobile content acceleration, licensed/managed CDN, transparent caching, and services to measure CDN performance, load balancing, multi-CDN switching and analytics and cloud intelligence. CDN vendors may cross over into other industries like security and WAN optimization

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What is top reasons for using a CDN ?



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The number one reason for using a CDN is to improve your user’s experience in terms of speed, and as we know – speed matters!

Ensuring a consistent experience for all your users is important. A website may be hosted in a particular region, but have the majority of its users coming from an entirely different region – for example, if your site is hosted in North America, GTmetrix might report fast speeds based on our default test location, but if a good chunk of your users come from Europe, their speed will not be as fast as you experience it to be.

A global CDN would allow users from a European point of origin to download static content from a closer source. Instead of spanning the Atlantic ocean to retrieve data, they can connect to a server in say, London, UK, to get the same data. This reduces latency and provides a faster loading of your website.

CDNs not only ensure a faster experience to your users, but they also help to prevent site crashes in the event of traffic surges – CDNs help to distribute bandwidth across multiple servers, instead of allowing one server to handle all traffic. Start Here



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FREE E-book: Why DDoS Attackers Love SaaS Companies and How to Stop Them


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With a business model dependent on 100% uptime for their online customers, the last thing SaaS companies can afford is a DDoS attack.
Find out:

  • Why SaaS companies are such a popular target for DDoS attacks
  • What are the costs and risks of DDoS attacks to your business
  • What are the steps SaaS companies can take to defend themselve

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FREE PlayBook: Prepare Your Business for DDoS Attacks Before It's Too Late


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Like any business initiative, good preparation and planning can go a long way toward making the DDoS response process as manageable, painless, and inexpensive as possible.

Find out:

  • How you can effectively plan and execute your DDoS response plan
  • What are the best practices for choosing and setting up the right mitigation solution for your organization
  • What the steps and procedures for authoritatively responding to a DDoS attack

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White Paper: Understanding Pulse Wave DDoS Attacks


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Pulse wave DDoS is a new attack tactic, designed to double the botnet’s output and exploit soft spots in “appliance first cloud second” hybrid mitigation solutions.

Comprised of a series of short-lived bursts occurring in clockwork-like succession, pulse wave assaults accounted for some of the most ferocious DDoS attacks we ever mitigated.

Reading this white paper will help you:

  • Understand the nature of pulse wave DDoS attacks
  • See how they are used to pin down multiple targets
  • Discover the soft spots these assaults can exploit
  • Learn about other attacks that occur in short bursts
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Incapsula History

Incapsula was founded in 2009 by Gur Shatz and Marc Gaffan. The company originally operated under the company Imperva (NYSE:IMPV), an American-based cyber security company who owned 85% of the company. It was spun out from Imperva in 2009 and reported to be growing at a rate of 50% per quarter as of August 2013. In February 2014 Imperva bought the remaining part of Incapsula and it became a product line within the parent company.

Incapsula was attributed with protecting against one of the Internet's largest attacks on a website as of October 2013. The attack was said to have lasted nine hours with 100Gbit/s of traffic at its peak. The attack was against BTC China, a bitcoin and yuan trading platform.

In December 2016 Incapsula revealed that it had again defended against its largest DDoS attack, peaking at over 650Gbit/s and 200Mpps.


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Elmalla A. (@elmalla) is Chief Sales Officer at i-AWCS, which focuses on web application security solutions.