Tools have always made jobs easier. Ancient civilizations crafted tools from stone and wood in order to improve everyday life. The industrial age brought big machines and production lines. And now, in the technology age, we depend on computers, smartphones and sophisticated software programs to get our jobs done.
Web 2.0 applications, software-as-a-service and other cloud technologies are just a few of the essential components to enterprise success. A 2014 Frost & Sullivan report found about 70 percent of U.S. and 56 percent of European respondents use cloud technologies and find the solutions highly effective.
What’s more is a study has shown employees are happier with their jobs when they use cloud applications: 74 percent of workers using cloud apps were happy at work vs. 19 percent of non-cloud app users.
Despite the incredible growth of web applications, standard internet protocols were not designed to support this type of use. This can result in slow performance as employees and/or customers are utilizing applications from diverse global locations and devices.
This is where a CDN can help. Whether it’s a CRM, content management system, collaboration tool or custom applications, a CDN can delivery applications to a global workforce faster and more secure.
Let’s take a look at four benefits of fast application delivery via a CDN:
1. Scale and handle requests from anywhere in the world
Enterprise application delivery harnesses the power of a global network. This includes points of presence (PoPs) all over the world, which act as local access points to send and receive data. CDNetworks maintains more than 160 PoPs across six continents. This type of global network has the capacity to handle spikes in traffic and the existing infrastructure to grow with your business needs. By leveraging the existing infrastructure and acceleration technology of an application delivery network, enterprises can scale quickly based on need and traffic.
2. Enable a high performing end user experience
There’s nothing that slows productivity like a sluggish application. Enterprise application delivery helps to eliminate latency issues between enterprise servers and end-users by optimizing the internet’s middle mile and reducing the data round-trips necessary to process user requests. The result is an accelerated response time and better user experience.
This point is illustrated in a case study of HighQ, a leading provider of secure document exchange and social collaboration software. With CDNetworks, the company was able to accelerate cloud application performance by up to 2,000 percent.
3. Reduce IT Costs
Traditional acceleration for the application layer, such as hardware-based WAN optimization, come with a variety of capital investments. Other options to improve performance might include purchasing server space in global data centers.
On the other hand, a CDN requires no capital expenditure and shifts cost to an operational expense. Overall IT expenses will be reduced by eliminating the need for high-priced foreign hosting. A partnership with a CDN provider could also result in savings on hardware maintenance and support costs.
4. Extend reach into new markets
Penetrating new markets is a huge undertaking, but also a great opportunity. About 40 percent of the world’s population has access to the internet – that’s more than 3.1 billion and growing – which makes ensuring cloud-based applications are up to snuff that much more imperative.
A CDN provides the backbone and performance an enterprise needs to be successful in a global marketplace. With a distributed network of servers, a CDN provides the same experience to a user in China as he/she would get in the U.S.
As more and more businesses depend on web applications to compete and succeed in a global marketplace, it’s essential to optimize user experience. A CDN is a cost-effective solution to provide robust acceleration of dynamic content in a single platform.
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