CDN.net Debuts with Pay Per Use Content Delivery, Takes on Amazon CloudFront

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Websites needing to speed up dynamic content delivery now have another usage based content delivery network from a company called CDN.net (and it's patterned a bit after Amazon CloudFront).

Pay by Usage, Real Time Customization

Amazon has a real hit on its hands with its EC2 computing system, and it uses CloudFront to speed up content delivery within its network of connected servers. Likewise, CDN.net has built a system than can be configured and implemented quickly, and has the added advantage of being billed on an as needed basis.

This kind of on the fly service has proven disruptive time and time again in the IT industry, but CDN.net is likely banking on the same phenomenon to work in its favor here. For CDNs, the legacy players being targeted are companies like Akami and Limelight, and even Rackspace and Microsoft (Azure).

What they have in common are things like lengthy contracts and longer implementation times. Of course, they also tend to serve the largest networks where those kinds of things are more tolerated.


Choose a location and how much storage is needed before launching a budget or premium CDN. A live streaming feature is also in the works for large video projects.

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Globally Available Federated CDN

We know milliseconds count on the Internet, and people are surprisingly adept at perceiving minimal amounts of lag. People are willing to abort an application almost instantly if it doesn't launch / download / complete in just a few seconds. 

CDN.net has launched with 30 premium points of presence and provides coverage in 40 countries worldwide. As a federated CDN, any company can use the resources to help improve its online reliability, no matter where it's located. Customers choose where they want the service to be implemented (location), choose the amount of traffic they expect and register the account using an app called Chargify for processing credit card information. To speed up Web content in Los Angeles, for example, with about one terabyte worth of traffic, CDN.net recommends a US$ 50 per month plan.

That's roughly half the price of what Amazon CloudFront would charge for a similar configuration. Pricing would change for other regions and higher amounts of storage as well. For small and medium sized businesses, CDN.net sounds like it could be a smart investment for companies who've noticed a drop in service for vital things like shopping cart load times, for example.