CDNs & MogileFS

dormando dormando at
Mon Feb 26 04:02:04 UTC 2007

For what it's worth, I've used both CDN's (Akamai and Speedera, which 
akamai later bought), and now just MogileFS.

In our setup, it's much cheaper to just use Mogile. My own reasons were:

- No "cache bursts" overloading our own systems.
- We'd need something like MogileFS anyway to store all the images in a 
consumable format.
- No caching-related display latency, and we can update images en-masse 
very quickly.

If you hit some sites using a CDN in an area which hasn't been hit 
before, it can take a long time to load everything up. It made sense for 
us to not bother and use cheap bandwidth directly.


Timothy Appnel wrote:
> I have to do some research and analysis on this topic and know many of
> have probably been through this already.
> Has anyone weighed using a CDN like Akamai or Limelight to manage the
> issues of scale and site performance versus building something
> MogileFS? What made you choose one over the other? Is anyone using
> both? If so how have you split the load between the two?
> Besides the technical pros and cons of each, I'm interested in the
> business ramifications.
> Any thoughts or feedback you'd like to share would be much appreciated.
> <tim/>

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