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ASP.NET Site Performance Secrets by Matt Perdeck

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Content Delivery Network

All other things being equal, the closer your web server is to the visitor, the faster it responds to requests. You can exploit this by deploying your static content on a Content Delivery Network (CDN). This is a worldwide network of servers that automatically routes requests to the server closest to the visitor. If a US-based visitor requests an image, the request goes to a US-based server, while a request coming from a European visitor goes to a Europe-based server, and so on. In addition to serving images and other static files, CDNs can also be used for streaming content.

In addition to providing better response times, CDNs also reduce the load on your servers, potentially lowering your hardware investment and your ...

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