Azure CDN: Global Delivery & Awesome Uptime
October 09, 2018

Azure CDN: Global Delivery & Awesome Uptime

Erik Ralston | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Azure CDN

Azure CDN backs global distribution of all client-side code (JavaScript & CSS) plus supporting assets (images) for LiveTiles. It accelerates load times for every product (originally clocked in as 3x faster than raw storage) and allows for an evergreen deployment model for our SharePoint add-in solutions that can only use client-side code.
  • Global reach - we have customers around the world and they all get excellent performance.
  • Global availability - we've never had down time on Azure CDN.
  • Easy management - you can do everything easily from the portal connecting things to a storage container and from there it's zero management except purging on new content.
  • For the longest time they didn't have a robust SDK. They have one now, but it could be better.
  • The different flavors of Azure CDN (Akamai, Verizon, etc) have different costs, but not well differentiated features. Might be confusing to new users.
  • I'm not overly familiar with it, but AWS does have a programmability in their CDN offering (Lambda @ Edge) and Azure doesn't seem to have an equivalent (Azure Functions is region-specific).
  • Performance improvements - On first change to Azure CDN, we had a great bump in page load times in our app.
  • Evergreen Deployment - Simplified updating code in our apps by putting it all in one place.
Azure CDN is certainly the favorite when you're already working in Azure like us. CloudFront has programmability and should obviously be considered first if you're already on AWS. I've seen use of CloudFlare for one-off sites (EG, my friends who are WordPress people and are intimidated by Azure and AWS).
Global deployment of client-side code or assets. Does NOT have a programmability aspect, so it can't do serverless functions like AWS.