Azure CDN (Content Delivery Network)

Azure CDN (Content Delivery Network) is giving to your user a high-bandwidth content, to increase the user experience of your customers. In fact, you can accelerate the loading of a website, the download of a big static file who is on a blob storage, for your customer, if they are close to a POP (Point of Presence). The POP is the closest Azure Datacenter that contains your file for Microsoft, or Verizon if you use the Verizon tier.

The full documentation is available here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cdn/

My current environment is a WebApp, with a big picture on it:

WebApp

To start, search for Azure CDN in the Marketplace of Azure, and deploy it:

Azure CDN

You’ve 4 pricing tier (Verizon, Microsoft or Akamai).

When your CDN is deployed, go on it and add an endpoint. Choose your WebApp as an origin (you can also do these steps from the WebApp itself):

log in

The endpoint is now deployed:

The endpoint is now deployed

For Microsoft, it should take 10 minutes to do the propagation.

Create a new DNS entry, and point to the azureedge.net URL:

 DNS entry

Go in your endpoint on your CDN (where you’ve all options/configurations and click on Custom Domain and add a custom domain:

Custom Domain

Add a Custom Domain

VSAN from StarWind eliminates any need for physical shared storage just by mirroring internal flash and storage resources between hypervisor servers. Furthermore, the solution can be run on the off-the-shelf hardware. Such design allows VSAN from StarWind to not only achieve high performance and efficient hardware utilization but also reduce operational and capital expenses.

Learn more about ➡ VSAN from StarWind

After 10 minutes, you can go on your hostname, and check if the website has been loaded quickly:

Check if the website has been loaded quickly

So, from now, people everywhere in the world, will be able to check my website, quickly, without reloading every time images, etc. if they are close to an Azure Datacenter.

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Florent Appointaire
Florent Appointaire is Microsoft Engineer with 5 years of experience, specialized in Cloud Technologies (Public/Hybrid/Private). He is a freelance consultant in Belgium from the beginning of 2017. He is MVP Cloud and Datacentre Management. He is MCSE Private Cloud and Hyper-V certified. His favorite products are SCVMM, SCOM, Windows Azure pack/Azure Stack and Microsoft Azure.