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CDN Providers That You Should Take Into Account

CDN is a Content Delivery Network of highly-optimized servers all around the world working together to distribute your content (CSS and Javascript files, downloadable objects, applications, real-time media streams, and much more) through hundreds of servers instead of a single host. This “smart route” technology makes sure each visitor to your site gets their data from the city closest to them.

Who needs CDN?

Small or large, if you’re looking to grow your business online, a CDN is a must-have. By bringing your content closer to the user’s connection point, the CDN provider MaxCDN unleashes the potential of your site with much faster load times, superior scalability, and guaranteed uptime. A faster loading site not only makes your visitors happy, it can also earn you a few extra points toward a higher ranking on the major search engines – and what business owner or webmaster wouldn’t want that!


MaxCDN´s Network uses the Packet Exchange backbone exclusively for content delivery, featuring direct reach to over 90+ countries and more than 900 peering partners worldwide. Packet Exchange is a robust privately owned network built with state of the art hardware including a full line-rate 10 Gigabit backbone with over 1 Tbps of transit and peering capacity.

MaxCDN features an advanced control panel with a full API and near real-time reporting.  Their product integrates with your existing hosting.  They typically deploy within hours with no downtime for your users.  Their phone and chat support is M-F 9am-7pm PST, and they have 24/7/365 email support.



1,000 GB  – $39.95 Limited time offer
First 50,000 GB  –  9.9 cents per GB
Next 100,000 GB  –  7.5 cents per GB
As low as   3.9 cents per GB

10 Gigabytes  –  $9.95 per month
25 Gigabytes  –  $24.95 per month
100 Gigabytes   – $69.95 per month

Live Streaming
Live Zone setup  –  $99
Per 100 max concurrent viewers  –   $150 per month
Bandwidth   – 9.9 cents per GB

Amazon Cloudfront

Amazon CloudFront is a web service for content delivery. It integrates with other Amazon Web Services to give developers and businesses an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no commitments.  Amazon CloudFront delivers your static and streaming content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your objects are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance. Amazon CloudFront is optimized to work with other Amazon Web Services, like Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Amazon CloudFront also works seamlessly with any origin server, which stores the original, definitive versions of your files. Like other Amazon Web Services, there are no contracts or monthly commitments for using Amazon CloudFront – you pay only for as much or as little content as you actually deliver through the service.


Pay only for what you use. There is no minimum fee. Estimate your monthly bill using the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator

The price is from $0.030 / GB up for over 1000 TB / month, up to $0.150 / GB for the first 10 TB / month.


CacheFly’s Global Network is trusted by some of the largest names on the web to handle even the largest of “flash crowds” and provides the best performance in the industry. The CacheFly CDN delivers your static objects (video, images, audio files – *any* static object) at up to 10x faster than other solutions… and they back up their extensive expertise with our 100% availability SLA guarantee.


– Platinum : $409/month, 2048 GB included transfer, $0.20/GB excess transfer

– Premium: $299/month, 1200 GB included transfer, $0.25/GB excess transfer

– Plus: $99/month, 256 GB included transfer, $0.37/GB excess transfer

Distribution Cloud

At Distribution Cloud, we make buying content delivery services easy but easy does not have to mean shoddy service or poor performance. Distribution Cloud has partnered with Akamai Technologies to provide world-class delivery solutions to the small and medium business market. Whether you have short or long term needs, we can provide a solution that is right for you.


– 50GB : $150/month, $3.00/GB excess transfer

– 100GB: $275/month, $2.75/GB excess transfer

– 200GB: $500/month, $2.50/GB excess transfer

– 500GB: $1,150/month, $2.30/GB excess transfer

– 1000GB: $2,200/month, $2.20/Gb excess transfer


Powerful, agile and completely integrated, Cotendo’s pioneering CDN and Site Acceleration suite delivers high-performance acceleration of dynamic and static content, intelligent load balancing, performance monitoring, real-time reporting and more. You can now achieve transformative Whole Site Acceleration through a single provider. Cotendo entirely reconceived CDN, creating a new platform for accelerating delivery of all cacheable content, including images, media objects and static HTML. Part of the full Cotendo acceleration suite, Cotendo Content Delivery gives you the real-time control and advanced functionality critical for whole-site content delivery, system efficiency and timely responses to shifting end-user demands and markets.


I couldn’t find anything on their site but for what I heard, they have this monthly pricing:

1 TB/Month CDN Delivery (Static & Dynamic Content) – $1,000
5 TB/Month CDN Delivery (Static & Dynamic Content) – $4,000

1 Million DNS Queries/Month – $400
10 Million DNS Queries/Month – $1,000


The core of their technology lies in their patent-pending EdgeDirector Global Load Balancing solution.  This technology uses proprietary routing algorithms to route users to the nearest location or the best location based on content speed. They have points of presence across 4 continents with facilities in San Jose, 2 in LA, Virginia, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, 2 in London, Amsterdam, Germany, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Australia.  Edgecast is partners with Microsoft and Adobe and is able to offer the latest Windows Media and Flash technology.  They also provide a white-label, wholesale arrangement that allows you to sell both directly to CDN customers and indirectly to partners and resellers.  As far as reporting, they offer a real time dashboard, over 50 graphs and charts, and access to every transaction to your website through raw log data files.


Minimum package is $1000/per month fee.
2TB’s at $.60/per GB
3TB’s at $.50/per GB
4TB’s at $.40/per GB
5TB’s at $.35/per GB.

Do you use CDN or do you have in mind this solution? Is there any other CDN provider that you think it should be in this list?



Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.