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KeyCDN: first impressions first

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In quest of CDN

Sites should work fast, pages should load quickly. This axiom of Web hosting is too trivial, yet it's the cornerstone of sites popularity.

My recent study, namely SSD-based hosting, showed that it didn't result in lightning fast sites all over the 'Net. Superfast storage becomes more and more common, but sites are, were and will require optimization. One of them is serving rarely changed content off content delivery network, CDN.

I have had experience with several CDNs. To name a few most interesting: MaxCDN, CDN77, Amazon CloudFront. At the dawn of 2014 summer I had to start looking for a CDN to migrate to. Believe me or not, but KeyCDN was the second I found when searching for corresponding keywords, and it took quite little time to decide to give it a try.

Costs, speed and so on isn't exactly what matters. Every hosting is good when everything's running smooth. Attitude to customers is what makes difference. I like the attitude at KeyCDN.

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AWS uptime: measured in years

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Five minutes to year

When I started composing this post, the uptime count of one of my Amazon EC2 instances, the one I keep my private repository on, was 364 days, 23 hours and 55 minutes.

So, cheers to the longest VPS uptime I have at the moment. No, that's not an idle VPS. There is a very busy repository running there. There are very CPU-intensive tasks running there from time to time. Development occurs, as well. However, that didn't prevented the instance from running for a year without becoming inaccessible for even 5 minutes.

To those interested, I have ordered another reserved instance (subscription, to make hourly costs lower). Let's calculate: $100 for three years, $0.005 hourly. Given there are 365.25 days in a year, it makes an average of $6.43 a month (traffic not counted; the VPS is low-traffic anyway).

None of VPS/cloud hosting providers I tried were able to provide that high stability and close cost-performance ratio. That's very strange to me. I read about redundancy, high availability blah-blah-blah, but not even 2 months of uptime, in most cases. With Burst.net I had sometimes up to 4 months. And that's all.

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