SAN JOSE, California, April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CDNetworks -- You want to choose the right CDN solution for your business, so you're actively doing your research. With so much available information, it can be difficult to track down and synthesize the resources you need to make a confident decision.
Content delivery networking solutions differ based on what needs they must meet. What do you need your CDN to do for you? Where and how do you need it to perform? Consider the following optimization aspects as the basis of this CDN buyer's resource guide:
Your user locations & geographical dispersion
Support, security & internal control of the CDN
Type of content you need to accelerate (static or dynamic)
Ecommerce web performance optimization
Your specific industry needs (i.e. regulations)
Which optimization aspects are important to your business? Review the descriptions and resources below to help you in your CDN purchasing decisions.
Your user locations & geographical dispersion If you're looking for a global CDN solution, think about where in particular you need to target. If you're hoping to capitalize on some emerging markets like China, you'll want a licensed CDN provider that can help you work your way through the regulations of delivering content in these areas. Ask CDN providers about their experiences delivering content to your target areas.
Extending Your Web Business to Internet Users in China This white paper will explain more about accelerating content into China and explain in detail how a global China CDN provider can help you navigate governmental regulations and barriers to content delivery in Mainland China.
Support, security & internal control of the CDN It's important to ask a CDN provider about their customer service and security. Is your CDN PCI certified? Will it protect you from DDoS attacks? Does the CDN provider offer you a secure self-service portal to have insight and control into your content delivery? Part of good customer service includes around-the-clock support to guide you through any issues that may arise. Consider how important it is for your company to maintain control internally with easy access to the CDN solution in addition to how well the CDN protects you from potential security threats.
Is Your Site PCI Compliant? What About Your Vendors? The PCI security standard dictates a set of comprehensive requirements for enhancing payment account data security such as credit card numbers, names, addresses, or emails. This blog post will explain the importance of PCI data security and what you need to know.
Cloud Portal Brochure Look through this Cloud Portal Brochure to see what you might expect for CDN support and customer service.
Type of content you need to accelerate (static or dynamic) Second only to geographical locations, the types of content you need to accelerate will largely impact your CDN provider choice. Static content like text and images, dynamic content like personalized messages and ecommerce shopping carts, and video streaming files that require large amounts of bandwidth are handled differently by a content delivery networking solution. It's important to discuss how well the CDN can accommodate whichever type(s) of content delivery your business requires.
Ecommerce web performance optimization Online retailers often require an ecommerce CDN to optimize web performance for all content types. If your business engages in any kind of ecommerce, be sure to ask your prospective CDN providers about their track record working with other ecommerce vendors.
Your specific industry needs Some industries require additional know-how to fully optimize their content. For example, online gaming or gambling organizations need to comply with many security and domain name regulations. Compliance with PCI DSS, or Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, is required for any business that transmits credit card data. Each industry has specific requirements for content delivery.
Online Payment & Fraud Protection Watch this video presented by Forrester to understand how to secure online payments and information, and consider how a CDN can help alleviate these concerns.
We hope these resources aid your navigation through the CDN buying process. It will help you to define what type of content you need to optimize, who and where your users are, how they access your content, and why they need your content delivered. With these answers clearly identified, you can present a prospective CDN provider with a crystal clear picture of your content delivery needs. Clearly communicating these needs will help the CDN provider respond to your specific concerns and help you determine if that CDN solution is the best content delivery networking decision for your business.