An Upgrade Infrastructure at LQ
December 6, 2006 3 Comments
LQ has taken another small step in its continued growth and maturity. We now use a CDN, or Content Delivery Network. The most well known CDN company around is probably Akamai, but there are many others. If you're not sure what a CDN is, Wikipedia defines it as:
a system of computers networked together across the Internet that cooperate transparently to deliver content (especially large media content) to end users.
CDN nodes are deployed in multiple locations, often over multiple backbones. These nodes cooperate with each other to satisfy requests for content by end users, transparently moving content behind the scenes to optimize the delivery process.
Basically, all images are now served by the CDN which means they should be much closer to you from a network perspective, especially if you're not located in the USA (where our servers are). While in the over grand scheme of things this is a small step, I think it's an exciting one. There is a very real cost associated with doing this, but it's important to me that the LQ experience is all that it can be. So the real question is – can you tell a difference? I'd appreciate any feedback you may have on this, as it will help us decide if this is something worth doing for the long haul. For comparisons sake, we implemented this at about 1700LQST (some people also refer to this as EST) today. Thanks.
CDN, Content Delivery Network, Linux, Open Source