Microsoft Azure CDN (Content Delivery Network)

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Azure CDN, Live in a Cloudy World, Microsoft Azure, Windows Azure
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A new feature of Microsoft Azure has been released on the last April 2nd, not quite a very new one, but an updated one. If you are familiar with the CDN or the content Delivery network from previous engagement with Microsoft Azure than you will be certainly aware what it is about.

The CDN stands for content Delivery network, it is like a dummy datacenter that acts only for delivering the content to the customers. With the growth of the internet usage and the also the increasing number of the Cloud Consumers, the datacenter no matter how strong was its network infrastructure cannot process all the incoming requests so what really happens is, that the Microsoft CDN is mainly used for caching the Microsoft Unstructured storage (BLOB) and the static content used by the Cloud Service
(like mentioned in the MSDN page). Their main target is to deliver the content to the target customers in an easy and more effective way. You can check the locations of the latest Microsoft Azure CDNs locations, so for example if you do have an application hosted on Microsoft Azure, you can put your data (BLOB storage) or your web role (Cloud Service) in the nearest place for your customers to better serve them.

So how to work with Microsoft Azure CDN?

First thing go to your portal and go down until you find the CDN tab

Or you can directly create it by pressing “New -> app Services -> CDN -> Quick Create”, now you create CDN based on your previously created Azure Storage account or based on a Cloud Service previously created.

PS: if you choose to create a new CDN based on your storage account, you will find the origin domain will be ““. If you created based on your Cloud Service, the origin domain will be ““.

After you click the create button, you will be able to see the CDN that has been created for you in few seconds. Once you open the CDN you have created you can see all the configuration that are working on your CDN, so let me get to the CDN tabs at the bottom of the page.

What I really want go through is the manage domains, you can get you own customized domains and subdomains to map the exiting CDN domains.


To work more on Microsoft Azure CDN and to learn more about hosting Websites on Azure CDN, kindly follow this link.

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