3 Steps to Optimizing Application Performance with Multi-CDN
The days of relying on a single Content Delivery Network (CDN) are far behind us. With a wide range of CDN providers available, each with unique regional strengths and weaknesses, using more than one CDN is now virtually required of any business that cares about providing its users with an optimal experience. But with multiple CDNs comes unique traffic steering and management challenges. Learn what these are, and how best to solve them so you’re able to maximize the performance of your multi-CDN strategy.
RecordedDec 13 201729 mins
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Advancements in DNS (Domain Name Systems), including the ability to communicate via APIs and the power to couple real-time telemetry with automation capabilities, give this often overlooked but foundational component of the application delivery stack a critical role in a DevOps-driven world.
Leading-edge enterprises have stopped viewing DNS as just a "phone book" and are now leveraging next-generation DNS to better manage their infrastructure, improve application performance and lower costs.
In this webinar we'll focus on 3 case study examples of next-generation DNS in action:
- How a gaming company integrated and automated multiple CDNs to cut content delivery costs in half
- How an ad delivery platform delivers impressions 70% faster using a multi-cloud strategy managed by DNS
- How a security SaaS organization used DNS to improve performance and reduce help desk calls
In the incredibly complex world of gaming development, network engineers and application developers come up against a unique set of challenges. Aside from simply having a compelling product, performance and uptime are two of the most mission-critical aspects to keeping users happy. When either one is lacking, gaming companies see an immediate, negative impact on reputation and revenue.
Solving these challenges with low hanging fruit, like DNS, are often discounted or overlooked. However, DNS technology has made vast strides in the past few years and has the potential to make a significant impact on network reliability, performance, and ultimately - end-user experience.
In this webinar, we'll explore three ways gaming companies can leverage the 30-year old protocol to their advantage and look at specific use cases that may apply to some of the challenges you are facing today.
Leveraging Elasticsearch as a Time Series Database - Lessons from a DevOps Engineer
The DevOps team at NS1 realized that we were spending more time managing our telemetry system, rather than the services being monitored. A reevaluation of the alternatives led us to replace our time series database with Elasticsearch. The criteria to replace our time series database included:
- A single system for metrics and unstructured telemetry
- Granular control over what data is stored and retained
- Easy scalability
- Large diverse community
- Sufficient analysis capabilities
Watch this discussion to hear about our evaluation process and the lessons learned, and learn how NS1 simplified operations and reduced operational costs by combining logs and metrics in the Elastic Stack.
NS1's Pulsar is the only RUM solution that is natively integrated with authoritative DNS and designed to easily boost application performance and reliability without any complex third-party add-ons.
Managing CDN performance and cost is a challenge. You want the best performance for your applications but you don't have an unlimited budget. Join us to learn how our new Pulsar stabilization, priority and cost feed features now make it a lot easier to control costs and deliver a great application experience. Here is what we'll cover:
- How leading-edge NS1 customers are gaining as much as 70% performance improvements with Pulsar
- How to balance performance with contract commits and not leave money on the table
- How to use DNS traffic steering to improve cache hit ratios
- Hands-on demonstration of setting up DNS traffic steering using Pulsar
Common issues like network congestion or overloaded servers can negatively affect application performance, availability and business reputation. Using real user monitoring (RUM) is a powerful way for businesses to deliver a great user experience in the face of these dynamically changing internet conditions.
Join our live webinar as we discuss RUM and introduce NS1's Pulsar - the only RUM solution that is natively integrated with DNS and designed to easily boost application performance and reliability without any complex third-party add-ons.
- A basic understanding of what RUM is and how it works
- How to know if RUM can help your application and what data you should use
- A demo of Pulsar for a variety of use cases
Jonathan Lewis, VP Product Marketing at NS1 & Eric Hanselman, Chief Analyst at 451 Research
Internal DNS has become a performance and operational bottleneck for modern enterprises. Legacy systems typically come in 2 flavors - either a “build your own” solution using complex, open-source platforms, or expensive, proprietary appliances. Each option presents its own significant challenges and ignores needs like traffic management and application optimization.
Join 451 Research and NS1 as we explain why DNS is a huge opportunity for enterprises looking to improve their automation, scale, and application performance initiatives. This webinar will present an in-depth overview of the changing digital landscape, how it’s affected by internal DNS, and practical alternatives for you to look at, today.
You know your infrastructure best, and chances are you’re already carefully monitoring the health and usage of your systems.
Join us to learn how to use NS1's next-generation DNS to connect with external data sources, monitoring providers and even your own tools to ingest existing application health and infrastructure telemetry, leveraging your data in real-time to drive traffic management.
In this webinar we'll cover:
- Why DNS is perfect for making traffic management decisions
- How NS1 makes it easy to leverage metrics for traffic steering
- How using Pulsar, NS1’s RUM-based decision-making engine, can take your application’s performance to the next level.
- Best practices and example configurations
Legacy applications, disparate platforms and processes, and outdated technology have caused organizations to amass technical debt that’s dragging down modernization initiatives. According to Forrester Research, maintaining older applications and technology typically consumes 70% or more of the technology budget – and ignoring it drags down modernization efforts.
In this webinar, we explore ways to reduce technical debt and how you can use DNS as a shortcut to eliminating decades of technical debt in your organization.
Cloud architectures, microservices, and infrastructure scale have exposed unmet needs in DNS that now hamper modernization efforts, including the need for flexible traffic management, service discovery, rapid propagation, and comprehensive API support.
In this webinar, we introduce Private DNS, NS1's next-generation DNS software product providing authoritative and recursive DNS services. Private DNS is designed primarily for deployment within enterprise intranets to meet the needs of user to user, user to device/application and application to application communication.
- Current challenges managing DNS systems
- How NS1 is different
- Use cases
- Deployment and best practices
Regardless of how well your applications are designed, real time factors such as network conditions, user demand, local outages, and capacity affect the quality of experience for each individual user.
Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) is the intelligent distribution of traffic across server resources located in multiple geographies. With GSLB, traffic management decisions that leverage the current state of the application delivery network result in better application performance.
Join us to see how the NS1 platform allows you to easily implement a GSLB strategy using the ubiquitous protocol, DNS.
Internal DNS, has been a huge pain for network engineers for decades. Until now, the two choices for providing internal DNS have been to either “build your own” using complex, open-source platforms, or to buy expensive, proprietary appliances. Each option presents its own significant challenges and still faces limitations in reporting, auditing, and trouble shooting.
Join us to learn about modern challenges facing enterprise IT and how NS1's take on internal DNS can help.
With unique issues of congestion, underdeveloped networks, and stringent censorship, the Chinese Internet is an entirely different beast. We'll discuss the most common issues network teams should look out for, as well as best practices for monitoring DNS, benchmarking network performance in China, and ensuring that content passes through censorship filters smoothly.
In this webinar, we share how to:
- Measure and baseline network performance in China
- Spot issues specific to China, including DNS and network issues
- Understand the experience of Chinese users and avoid censorship
If used correctly, Real User Monitoring, or RUM, can deliver immediate performance results and greatly improve user experience. However, implementing RUM and actually realizing these improvements can be a challenging project without clear direction - How do you collect the data? How do you use the data? How do you keep the data secure?
In this webinar, we introduce Pulsar, NS1's advanced RUM engine. Pulsar seamlessly integrates with our DNS platform so you can quickly and easily enable granular, automated, and optimized traffic routing.
We'll also cover:
- NS1's Filter Chain - our point and click traffic management technology
- Demonstrate how to leverage Pulsar with the Filter Chain
- Understanding "Best Practices" when combining the Pulsar filter with other filters
- Using NS1's community cloud & CDN data or bringing your own data
DNS-based load balancing has traditionally consisted of either a random selection of answers being handed back to a requestor, or taking it a bit further and applying geotargeting into the mix. This allows you to place users from different physical locations, to specified answers.
Today, however, modern DNS providers are way more capable - allowing you to incorporate other data, such as load telemetry or even performance statistics within your own network.
In this webinar we'll focus on advanced load balancing, including some of the following:
- Why load balancing is important to your application
- Enabling basic load balancing using NS1's managed DNS
- Adding availability and load shedding to the mix
- Using RUM data for dynamic load balancing using real-time measurements
Enterprises invest heavily in distributed network and server infrastructure to deliver a great user experience, but dynamically changing conditions such as periods of network congestion or overloaded servers can degrade that experience. Often, the problem is not a lack of network or server resources. It is the lack of intelligence in the network to consistently use those resources effectively.
RUM, or real user monitoring, one of the new buzzwords in the world of internet infrastructure, aims to address this very issue. RUM promises to improve end-user quality of experiences, but is it really a game changer or little more than marketing hot air?
Join our live webinar where we'll focus on:
- A basic understanding of what RUM is and how it works
- How to know if RUM can help your application
- Optimizing RUM data for your needs
- RUM implementation and best practices
Using Intelligent DNS for Multi-Cloud Success: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/15949/307421
Multi-CDN Made Easy: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/15949/307425
Many enterprises are finding it increasingly difficult to deliver a consistently high quality end user experience to a global online audience using a single Content Delivery Network (CDN). CDN providers have different strengths and weaknesses so it is unsurprising when a single provider does not adequately address the needs of a global online organization.
The good news is there are plenty of CDN providers to choose from, and by leveraging the right combination of providers, enterprises can simultaneously improve end user quality of experience while lowering costs. The means to achieve this goal is based on the ability to intelligently steer traffic to the right CDN at the right time.
Join our live hands-on webinar to learn how to plan, implement, and test a multi-CDN strategy that's right for your organization.
While no two businesses have the same exact workload requirements, one common trend we are seeing is enterprise adoption of multi-cloud infrastructure. While this may not be something you have considered, multi-cloud may benefit you in several ways including:
As you build your application environment you've undoubtedly thought about utilizing multiple providers at every level of your stack. The benefits to this are obvious - scalability, redundancy, and performance optimization, among others. However, syncing multiple providers can sometimes pose challenges.
In this webinar we'll focus on synchronization between multiple DNS providers, including:
- Available toolsets on the market today
- Example deployment using NS1's OctoDNS integration
- Example deployment using NS1's Terraform integration
- Network redundancy using NS1's Dedicated DNS
Many cloud and CDN providers also offer in-house managed DNS services. If you are hosting your content or applications with these providers, you might use their DNS service without much thought. However, this can limit your ability to deliver the performance and customer experience your business needs.
In this webinar you will learn when and why you should use an independent DNS provider.
DNS is the first point of contact between your users and your applications. This is a powerful decision point in your application stack. New advances in DNS traffic management are helping leading enterprises move to the cloud, implement a multi-location infrastructure, accelerate DevOps and meet their reliability goals. Learn how Salesforce, The Guardian, Weight Watchers and other leading enterprises are leveraging recent advances in DNS services to modernize their infrastructure.
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NS1 provides an intelligent DNS and traffic management platform leveraging a data-driven architecture and a filter chain routing engine to enable large internet and enterprise brands to challenge network outages and malicious attacks and to optimize application delivery and keep their websites up and running. Customers include LinkedIn, The Guardian, Dropbox, Weight Watchers, Salesforce, and others.