Advantages of CDNs
A properly configured CDN may also help protect websites against some common malicious attacks, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks.
Differences between CDNs and Web Hosting
- Web hosting is used to host your website on a server and let users access it over the internet. A CDN is about speeding up the access/delivery of your website's assets to those users.
- Traditional web hosting would deliver 100% of your content to the user. If they are located across the world, the user must wait for the data to be retrieved from where your web server is located. A CDN takes a majority of your static and dynamic content and serves it from across the globe, decreasing download times.
- Web hosting normally refers to one server. A CDN refers to a global network of edge servers that distributes your content from a multi-host environment.
How does a CDN protect data?
Information security is an integral part of a CDN. A CDN can keep a site secured with fresh TLS/SSL certificates, which will ensure a high standard of authentication, encryption, and integrity. Investigate the security concerns surrounding CDNs and explore what can be done to securely deliver content.