we are looking for options to current situation (for video);
Details: we have been with 1and1 for a while and know that VPN would be better but have not been convinced there is a HUGE difference in video delivery speed sufficient to make it worth upgrading. We have hosted progressive dl .mov, mp4 files for a few years with them and the performance has been acceptable but not great.
A CDN will definitely be much faster no matter how you look at it - the points of presence almost always have multi-gigabit capabilities and they are as close to the end-user as they can be so latency doesn't decrease the throughput as much as it would for some more distant visitors.
United States West Coast 7
Their hosting [origin] 46.652 s
CDN 1 9.774 s Average performance gain of 482.00%
United States East Coast 6
Their hosting [origin] 26.3 s
CDN 1 8.636 s Average performance gain of 154.36%
Their hosting [origin] 141.427 s
CDN 1 23.425 s Average performance gain of 521.71%
Their hosting [origin] 1232.725 s
CDN 1 580.16 s Average performance gain of 129.48%
Their hosting [origin] 922.985 s
CDN 1 354.507 s Average performance gain of 160.36%
but how do I know if this is just a site sponsored by a company that sells CDN and therefore unreliable?
and when they say "CDN 1, etc..." what CDN are they talking about?
before you proceed any cdn look for the node where there have most of cdn company have few node in US and europe since your site seem to based on video i can suggest you go for bitgravity aka tata there have good service if your target in asia let me know
well i just gave you suggestion nothing else since bitgravity is specialist in video cdn vimeo videos use them ,if your target is not globally there are many other provider you can try even most of them provide free trial check it out
Just get a good hosting company which doesn't oversell the bandwidth and has a high speed network/servers.
You link was kind of slow for me, I don't think it because you re not using CDN, I think it because you are using now oversold network/server.
CDN will be more expensive and may create bunch of potential unexpected problems, which companies are OK with when they have so huge traffic (live event), that nobody else could handle the traffic and they don't care about money.
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