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5 Reasons Why App Providers Choose CacheFly CDN

If you want your app to be successful, offering your end-users fast downloads and page loads—completely loaded—as quickly as possible, is one of the most important aspects your business depends on.

But when high traffic and overloaded servers cause delays and downtime for mission-critical apps, it’s a no-win situation. You cost your customers money—and you wind up with churn and revenue loss.

App Delays Cost U.S. Companies up to $7.5 billion per year.

In Nimble Storage’s recent Mind the Gap survey of 3,000 IT Decision Makers and business users, 76% reported that the speed of apps have a significant impact on their ability to perform their best in the workplace. What’s more alarming, the study found that U.S. companies may be losing as much as $7.5 billion a year in worker productivity drains—from app-performance delays and downtime.

App Providers Use CDNs to Improve User Experience.

With a CDN, you can ensure your end-users a faster, more improved user experience—while focusing on your business instead of worrying about delivery performance. However, not all CDNs are built alike. What you need to look for, is a reliable CDN with consistently low error rates, high throughput delivery performance, and high availability.

Here are five reasons app providers choose CacheFly CDN.

1.) Fastest Throughput Performance.

Any CDN can claim to be fast. But when it comes to throughput—the real indicator of CDN performance (the total time it takes from initial request to fully rendered page/download), most CDNs fall flat. With a network built for throughput, CacheFly’s proven global throughput performance ensures the fastest delivery of your apps—no matter the file size, or where your users are located.

2.) 100% Availability SLA

CacheFly ensures the highest availability and guarantees continuous network uptime, 100%.  No scheduled or unscheduled maintenance. Even in the event of a power outage, network issues or hardware issues, CacheFly’s instant failover automatically reroutes to the nearest available servers.

3.) Infinite Scalability

What happens when your app gets featured in the app store? Can your origin server withstand millions of requests? You need a CDN that can easily scale to accommodate spikes in traffic. No matter how popular your app gets, rest assured. CacheFly is built to infinitely scale on demand.

4.) Super-Fast Replication

While some CDNs can take hours to up to 24 hours to push updates, CacheFly’s super-fast replication pushes your app updates to end-users within seconds.

5.) Robust Security

With security features such as HTTPS support, URL/referrer blocking, and origin shielding, CacheFly CDN securely serves your app’s content while enabling you to block unauthorized downloads, and control access to subscription content.

 

David Young Blue Shell Games Download Faster

“No one launches a serious consumer web business without a CDN anymore. You’ll get killed. Modern web users expect the fastest possible load times or else they’re immediately headed to a competitor. With CacheFly…I can say that we rarely, if ever, need to think about whether or not it is operating according to our expectations.”

— Dave Young, VP of Engineering, Co-Founder, Blue Shell Games

 

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Does Your SaaS Application’s Delivery Performance Meet User Expectations?

Are you losing SaaS or Web App users to slow delivery?

If your SaaS or Web App is running slow, so are your users.

Users expect your SaaS or web app to perform the same as on-premise software, and be accessible anywhere there’s an Internet connection—from any device.

To meet your users’ delivery performance standards, you must have an operationally efficient infrastructure, built and optimized for consistent high-speed performance and availability, worldwide.

But, there’s a dilemma causing a lack of control over the performance of SaaS and Web Apps. It’s called…the Internet.

For an end-user to run your SaaS or Web App, an Internet connection is required at all times—especially for end users on the move. However, the Internet’s hundreds of thousands of interconnected networks were never built to handle the demands of SaaS and Web App delivery. Issues caused by rerouting in the interconnected network exacerbates delays. Tables need time to reroute, while a complex app stack of chatty protocols and applications require hundreds of thousands of round-trips just to complete a transaction. What’s more, after a BGP failure, it could take several minutes for routing tables to be updated.

All of these issues are compounded when your global user-base grows.

When you’re unable to deliver your SaaS or web apps fast, you lose users. Poor network performance and availability can kill your business.

What if there was an acceleration platform out there that could make your SaaS or web app load 3x faster? What is that worth to you?

SaaS Acceleration is uniquely built to improve operational efficiency and deliver faster, LAN-like performance by providing:

  • 100% Availability SLA: Give your users 100% continuous network uptime.
  • Operationally Efficient TCP Anycast Routing: The only network built and optimized for the fastest throughput file delivery of small and large files.
  • Real-Time Network Intelligence: Your users will always reach your infrastructure with edge connectivity from 40+ global POPs.
  • Rerouting/Instant Failover: Our network dynamically routes around outages to find the best path to deliver 100% uptime.
  • Global Networks: We use the best peering partners to reduce the number of hops between ISPs which also provides a more direct route to mobile users.
  • On-Net Origin Support: SaaS Acceleration eliminates transit connectivity problems by allowing you to cross connect directly into 100+ global colo locations.
  • Transparent Caching: Allows you to automatically cache static objects at the edge without changes to origin infrastructure.

If keeping your users happy and growing your business is a priority, it’s your obligation to provide your users with the best experience possible.

Make a commitment to your end-users. Give them the highest delivery performance, reliability and 100% availability.

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The First Mile Impact on Dynamic CDN Delivery Performance

When it comes to delivering content from the origin to edge servers, it’s common practice to focus on middle and last mile performance for optimizing CDN performance.  Truth be told— the first mile is just as important and often overlooked.

Here’s why.

The reason CDNs are required for maximum performance is because TCP fails to effectively deliver maximum performance in non-LAN environments.  When delivering static objects, objects are cached as close to the last mile as possible at each edge location. It’s critical for CDNs to get your content as close enough to your end-user—reducing latency and allowing TCP to operate efficiently.

However, dynamic delivery is very different from static delivery. If your pages are dynamic, content can’t just be cached at the edge; it needs to be served from the origin.  Positioning the last-mile as close as possible to end-users is only *half* of the equation—the exact same TCP issues occur if there is latency between the origin server and the first mile, or ingress point into the CDN.

Although the proximity of a CDN to a customer’s origin is a critical component, the current market lacks emphasis on first mile performance. Other CDNs overlook the total response time from origin to end-user, and are not focused on topology from the origin to the ingest point. No other CDN focuses on the first mile or has truly set a first mile goal.  In fact, many CDNs that offer dynamic acceleration aren’t even concerned to have their customers origin servers more than 40ms away from the CDN, while targeting that same latency goal globally for last mile latency!  This approach totally fails to look at performance end-to-end, and leaves customers struggling to optimize their experience.

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What’s different about CacheFly’s SaaS Acceleration?

Our goal is to be 2ms away from your origin—or closer.  We do this by offering cross-connect access with our colocation partners, having on-net ingest servers in cloud providers such as Amazon, Rackspace and Digital Ocean, and by evaluating connectivity for new customers and deploying additional hardware as needed.  Our reputation as the highest performing CDN for static content is something we take seriously, and informs our engineering decisions on a daily basis.  We’ve taken the same approach in designing or end-to-end philosophy for SaaS Acceleration, ensuring you are not leaving performance on the table in either the first, middle or last mile.

It’s not easy to do this and there is a bit of cost complexity, but the performance result is worthwhile. We work with you to understand where your origin is. Even if we’re not located in a peering partner location close enough to your origin, we’ll work with you to offer a cross-connect in another facility. We care enough to provide you with the utmost fastest performance.

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Application Downtime: A Critical Concern for SaaS & Web App Providers

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“There are a few things worse than working your a** off for years to build a business, hustling every chance that you get, and running head on into a disaster that’s out of your control and threatens to undo your dreams.”   
–Groove CEO and Founder, Alex Turnbull, on The Meltdown that Brought our Startup to Its Knees for 15 Hours.
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SaaS and web app users expect continuous availability. But, what happens when downtime disrupts service? How are your users impacted?

Their productivity declines.

Their data becomes lost or idle.

They lose trust in your business.

In mission-critical cases, they lose substantial revenue.

A recent study by IDC reveals that for Fortune 1000’s, the average cost of unplanned application downtime is $1.25 to $2.5 billion per year, with the average hourly cost of infrastructure failure being $100,000 per hour, and the average cost of critical application failure between $500,000 and $1 million per hour.

In 2013, Amazon Web Services experienced an outage that lasted 59 minutes and impacted AWS customers, including Instagram and Vine—and more considerably—Amazon.com. Some reports say the outage resulted in a loss of $1,104 in net sales per second—nearly $4 million in missed revenue.

What are the costs of downtime to your business?

  • You could face severe SLA compliance penalties.
  • You’re left to do damage control, because negative publicity has tarnished your company’s reputation and customer relationships.
    According to Kissmetrics, 44% of online shoppers are likely to tell others about a bad online experience.
  • You lose the revenue you could have retained—had you provided the level of service you promised. Ponemon, an independent data protection and information security research organization, estimates that $239,000 (37% of their estimated $474,000/hr) in losses can be attributed to customer turnover and reputation damage.
  • You give away your business to competitors. Frustrated users are less likely to wait.


How can you recover and mitigate the risk of downtime?

Many turn to DevOps teams to lead the disaster recovery effort by upgrading server architecture and automating infrastructure.  However, businesses can optimize the costs of fully managing recovery efforts on their own by partnering with a CDN to ensure high availability and high performance. But, not just any CDN provider.

You need a resilient CDN that offers consistently high reliability and availability.

Since 2002, CacheFly has been delivering its global customers with the highest throughput performance and availability for a better end-user experience.  CacheFly’s new SaaS Acceleration improves customer experience and user productivity, saves costs, and speeds up your app delivery. This high availability, high performance dynamic delivery CDN—custom built for SaaS and web apps, features:

  • 100% Network Uptime Guarantee.
    SaaS Acceleration offers 100% network uptime to your end users—not 99%, 99.5%, 99.9%, 99.99%, or even 99.999%. There’s a difference between a network provider who offers 99.95% vs. 100% SLA—where 99.95% equates to 4.38 hours of ‘acceptable’ downtime per year.
  • Your App—served from the best high availability peering partners.
    SaaS Acceleration partners with only the best high availability data centers, including: Equinix, TelX, GTT, ServerCentral, Terremark, Level3, and Interxion, and more.
  • Immediate Active Failover Capabilities.
    Active failover dynamically routes around outages to find the best path and deliver 100% uptime.
  • High Throughout Performance.
    Delivers the fastest file performance—regardless of file size.
  • Performance Transparency.
    If there is ever a service disruption, CacheFly users are informed of it via the status page.

Partner with a CDN provider that delivers the level of service your users expect. Sign up for CacheFly’s SaaS Acceleration…coming soon.

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Coming Soon: SaaS Acceleration—
Dynamic Delivery Built for SaaS

There’s no question—SaaS adoption is growing. Global SaaS software revenues are projected to reach $106B in 2016, increasing 21% over 2015. However, the risk of slow performance is critically high.

If your SaaS app (or web app) is slow, why should your customers be loyal to you?

As you grow, billions of round trips, global requests from global customers, and constantly changing dynamic content will inevitably cause slow performance—a frustrating experience for end users. SaaS users not only want a killer product—they want a seamless and efficient end-user experience. With SaaS contracts being conveniently short, and a plethora of other options out there for them to choose from, delivering a better end-user experience now is critical.

You can ensure faster delivery to provide a better quality user experience.

We’re pleased to announce we will soon be launching our new dynamic delivery CDN, SaaS Acceleration, custom-built for the fastest delivery of SaaS and web apps. SaaS Acceleration instantly delivers your mission critical apps faster for your global end users.

Delivering your SaaS app faster can help you:

  • Achieve LAN-like performance.
  • Stay ahead of other SaaS and web app providers, and compete with on-premise solutions.
  • Drive revenue and grow user base faster than ever before.
  • Reduce operational costs by offloading content from your existing infrastructure.
  • Be perceived as more trusted and reliable.

SaaS Acceleration is uniquely built to perform. We optimize our network using:

  • First-mile direct connectivity with cross-connects in on-net facilities.
  • First-mile on-net connectivity in AWS, Rackspace, Heroku, Digital Ocean, and more.
  • A global, intelligent hybrid middle-mile network.
  • Global multi-origin load balancing.

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