Datapath.io vs. CDN
Datapath.io and a content delivery network (CDN) are similar in the problem they would like to solve, but different in execution. Datapath.io and a CDN are both trying to achieve web and application performance improvement. A CDN is optimal for static content optimization, whereas Datapath.io is optimal for dynamic content optimization.
A CDN is interested in improving web and application performance and accomplishes this through the caching of content on edge servers. Edge servers are servers located close to your users. This creates a shorter distance that data will need to travel.
Datapath.io is also interested in improving web and application performance. At Datapath.io, we accomplish this through reengineering how the Internet routes your traffic.
Currently Internet traffic is routed the shortest logical distance, and this may not always be the fastest. So Datapath.io scans the Internet and finds the fastest network routes. With that done, we are able to provide 60% performance improvements.
Why You Would Use Datapath.io with your CDN
The importance of how you optimize network performance has to do with different types of content: static content and dynamic content.
A CDN uses content caching to shorten the geographical distance data needs to travel. This works well for static content but gets problematic when it comes to dynamic content. With static content, you can cache this on edge servers with no issues. The reason is static content does not change very often, therefore it does not need to be updated. Content that is not continually being updated does not need to make it back to its origin servers.
But dynamic content is continually changing and it means that content needs to be requested from its origin server for every request. The result is content caching not being very effective.
This is why dynamic content optimization with Datapath.io is optimal for dynamic content, and can be done in conjunction with your CDN. Datapath.io routes your dynamic content away from your CDN. By doing this, you will improve the performance of your dynamic content and you can lower your CDN transit costs.
We call this content delivery network optimization.
To learn more about how to optimize your content delivery network, you can download the CDN Optimization Whitepaper.