Consumers are increasingly purchasing and downloading digital copies of software as opposed buying traditional physical CDs and DVDs. Given the increasing file sizes of software, numbering anywhere from a few hundred megabytes up to several gigabytes, this has only recently been possible with the continued construction of high speed broadband networks. This method of distribution is favourable to traditional methods as it allows software to be easily downloaded in the comfort of one’s home or office and can reduce manufacturing costs while also saving the environment. However, while modern networks have helped shape these developments, they are become less able to cope with the increased demand for software downloads.
Content delivery networks were created with the central goal of delivering content to end users across the globe with the highest performance and lowest costs, and they are the ideal solution for organisations looking to distributed software online. They have revolutionised the way that content owners deliver their data to their end users and have helped to make the distribution of software a hassle free task.
By caching data at several locations around the world, end users are rerouted to the server closest to them when they request a file for download. This increases bandwidth and reduces latency as requests travel via the path of least resistance. Furthermore, with the file stored at many locations, bottlenecking is reduced as a single origin server no longer has to deal with all the traffic by itself. This reduces the need for capital expenditure on expensive proprietary networks, and also means that costly upgrades are no longer necessary.
In addition to these technologies, many CDN providers now offer P2P software distribution technologies, whereby the machines of end users currently downloading a file are used as peer servers, with new requests being directed to them, creating a vast network of micro servers. This allows traffic spikes to be accommodated on the go without the need to invest in expensive infrastructure.
Organisations delivering both large software installation files and updates can benefit most from a content delivery network. GlobalDots have a great deal of experience with CDNs and their providers. Having worked in the industry for many years, their highly trained professionals know the benefits and performance improvements that they can provide.
Get in touch today and GlobalDots will supply a highly bespoke analysis of your networks needs, giving you a clear understanding of which CDN products and providers will benefit you most and enable you to deliver your content to end users with the greatest performance and at the lowest costs. This will help to ensure your retain your customers well into the future and build your brand as a reliable and robust service.