CDNs (content delivery networks) were initially created to work as reverse proxies that “push” data to end-users, operating on the edge and deploying PoPs (points of presence) in local departments. Business infrastructure was built to cache content in data centers, and CDN network delivers it to end users making the requests. These traditional types of CDN have been used in recent years for usual websites, and now the technology called IoT (Internet of Things) has appeared. IoT establishes connection between objects and people in a network and automatically supplies users with information about the object’s movement, state and or condition.
With IoT, information is “pulled” toward the CDN, and users can request real-time information from websites. For example, a user can demand from his device the information about warehouse’s inventory, or find the information for their commute, or request video streaming. The request travels upstream to the CDN, and it pulls the data from the web server and deliver it back to the end-user.
WAN for Instant Remote Access to Applications
IoT, like all other content delivery networks, aims at the boost of customer experience. It has been calculated that by 2020, there will be about 20 billion devices connected to it. It means that every person will have about 4.5 connected devices. In 2017, a lot of applications tailored specially for different industries will be implemented in use of connected “things”, so this prediction is gradually becoming true.
Information is being accumulated, communicated and analyzed to help organizations make data-driven decisions and establish effective communication with their customers. With such network at hand, organizations can sell more products and improve their business. For example, a bank can use someone’s personal information to offer a more optimal mortgage rate based on income change, and suggest efficient methods for savings. E-commerce enterprises can send discount codes for the stores you visit according to your geo-location. Media businesses may offer networks you can subscribe based on your reviews habit.
In order to acquire and analyze personal information from customers, businesses need a solution for handing requests. Network congestion, poor traffic balancing and unpredictable errors cause latency and disrupt your plans. So how your infrastructure can handle the growing demand?
There are 3 challenges your CDN service must overcome to adopt IoT
- Capacity at the Edge. With more PoPs situated close to users’ geographic location, you allow them for interacting faster with content.
- Advanced technology for moving data faster. If your network doesn’t meet users expectations, and they are not confident in security and speed of your project, they will move to your competitor’s website. The technology used by your CDN should be able to accelerate both browser and non-browser enterprise applications.
- Consistent protection of user data. 2017 is expected to be full of DDoS attacks. The more IoT units are added, the higher the threat gets. Ensure having a proper DDoS mitigation plan, and that your CDN does not cache everything without checking the content and requests.
Statistics show that while 85% of entrepreneurs are planning to implement IoT, only 10% of them are sure about security of such devices. Make sure that your CDN network features the best security measures and is able of delivering data across thousands of devices. Combine your CDN with DDoS mitigation and multi-layer WAF, and rest at night knowing that your company and user data are safe and sound.