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When evaluating CDN, what aspect do you think is the most important to look for?

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-Deployment speed (initial and changes)

-Delivery speed

-Flexibility (can I configure exactly what I need) / testing platform

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- Cache Control
- Cache Purge
- Duration of change propagation

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Of course with CDNs people always think about speed.

I see CDNs in a differently. A CDN provides users, and vendors a unique deployment spot based on its location within a network diagram, between the user and the origin web server. Due to this unique location you SHOULD expect more from a CDN than just performance. Why? Because this is the perfect place to layer on ancillary services.

Find a CDN vendor who has service you need, in addition to just plain old performance enhancement. CDN vendors offer all sorts of add on services including:

DNS Management
Malware Detection
Bot Detection
API Security
Web Application Firewalls
2 Factor Authentication
Load Balancing
Threat Intelligence and Fraud Detection
DDoS Protection

If you're implementing a CDN as a net new project, stop and ask yourself "Do I have other projects that I can knock out at the same time?"

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Downtime overall, ease of deployment, least resistance for buy-in. Is it forward looking and encompassing for future upgrades or requirements with little or no disruption?

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