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CDN Learning Center

Start here to learn the basics of CDN and core Internet technologies

Welcome to the CDN Learning Center. Akamai’s team of experts spend every day immersed in the inner workings of the Internet, helping our global customers keep their online businesses running. Start here to tap directly into their expertise and learn the basics of CDN technology, and how the Internet works. This site will continue to be updated with new content, so check back often as we continue to expand the knowledge available here to you.

What is a CDN?

CDNs are widely used in today’s Internet landscape, improving the delivery of a significant percentage of all Internet traffic worldwide. But what does that mean, and what really is a CDN? A content delivery network is a highly-distributed platform of servers that responds directly to end user requests for web content. It acts as an intermediary between a content server, also known as the origin, and its end users or clients. To learn more, check out our video and article: “What is a CDN?”

What are the benefits of a CDN?

Content Delivery Networks, also known as CDNs, carry nearly half of the world’s Internet traffic. They are ubiquitous by their presence and mitigate the challenges of delivering content over the Internet. But why are CDNs so pervasive? Why is it that small and medium content providers, as well as large corporations, have come to rely on CDNs to provide a seamless web experience to their end users? To learn more, check out our video and article: “What are the benefits of a CDN?”

How do I maximize the benefits of a CDN?

Content Delivery Networks, or CDNs, are like many strategic tools: easy to learn and benefit from, but difficult to master and get the most out of. Like doing business online, using a CDN involves layers of complexity; and CDN providers spend every moment of every day dealing with some of the most complex technical challenges of doing business online. The challenges met by deploying a global CDN include delivery of enterprise web applications, media and software delivery, and cloud security solutions.

So how can you, whether you have a small technical team or a massive world-class staff, get the most out of your CDN? To learn more, check out our video and article: “How do I maximize the benefits of a CDN?”

Learn more about the Next Generation of Content Delivery Networks (CDN)

  • Content Delivery for an Evolving Internet: Choosing the Right CDN for Today and Tomorrow
    In this whitepaper, we define the core requirements for such a CDN – a highly distributed architecture, cutting-edge software services, sophisticated security capabilities, and support for agile businesses – and establish why these particular requirements are critical for helping businesses succeed in today’s fast-changing marketplace. 
  • CDN Buyer's Guide 
    In this authoritative guide, CDN buyers can get up to speed on the latest developments in the Next Generation CDN. Learn about CDN provider’s capabilities that are critical to delivering greater online experiences, including advanced web performance optimization, high quality video streaming delivery, cloud security, and web application acceleration.
  • Next Generation CDN Infographic 
    A graphical overview of how CDNs are evolving in response to new digital requirements. Learn how digital performance can affect your bottom line, how CDNs are optimizing their networks, and what's driving enterprise buyers to the Next Generation CDN.
  • The State of CDN Services 
    This white paper from Unisphere Research, “The State of CDN Services: Reaching Global Scale Using Content Delivery Networks“, covers the latest content consumption trends and offers insights on how you can use a content delivery network to profit from them. Discover how to optimize your CDN to deliver media to various devices, how different CDN services enhance user experiences, and how to apply CDN practices to meet the expectations of online video viewers.
  • CDN Resource Page 
    An introduction to Akamai's CDN solutions and the benefits they provide to CDN operators, including advanced web performance optimization, improved network security and compliance, application delivery acceleration, additional self-service options, higher quality video delivery and a cloud architecture built for a global audience.
  • Content Delivery Network 
    An overview of the evolution and latest developments of the content delivery network. See how Next Generation CDNs are addressing issues arising from the growth of non-cacheable content, the prevalence of the cloud, new security requirements and the demand for better CDN analytics.
  • CDN Services 
    Meet Akamai Aura Managed CDN, an innovative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for managed CDN services. This turnkey solution lets CDN providers and operators launch their own video streaming services and optimize their network for content delivery, while reducing deployment time and upfront costs.
  • CDN Platforms 
    CDN platforms are changing, and web experience enhancements are evolving to help enterprises deliver an optimized web experience. Evolving CDN platforms and capabilities include web experience optimization services that increase website speed, media and content delivery.
  • CDN Glossary 
    An invaluable reference tool providing definitions for many of the terms that are part of the quickly evolving CDN landscape.

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