Microsoft announces its own global CDN network

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) allow cloud-hosted applications to scale and deliver content quickly and reliably across the globe. Microsoft today announced its own global CDN network which will available through Azure CDN alongside other CDN providers like Verizon and Akamai. Microsoft has a great experience in running CDNs, thanks to its existing popular cloud services like Office 365, Skype, Bing, OneDrive, Xbox Live and more.

Running at the Edge of Microsoft’s Global Network, this new native addition provides Azure customers access to a highly seasoned CDN platform. Connectivity within Microsoft’s network along with new Regional Caching capabilities enables more consistent, more predictable cache fill performance by providing multi-tier caching along direct, private access to content in Azure from each CDN edge point of presence (POP).

Microsoft today also announced a public preview of use-your-own SSL certificate, allowing customers to customize and self-maintain their own certificate and create a CDN solution perfectly fitted to their needs.

Learn more about this announcement here.