Deploying Acquia Cloud Platform CDN With Confidence

High Score Labs News   •   Oct 11, 2021

An excellent website with a responsive, unique, and user-friendly interface requires skillful planning and creativity. A lot happens behind the front end. There are guidelines on how pages should appear, how images should show up, how HTML should display fonts and how texts should emerge. While these are going on, underlying requests are happening over the network.

How can we optimize the rendition of all these underlying processes and requests? The answer is not farfetched. All we need to do is use a Content Delivery Network. Giving rise to yet another question, how do we set up a Content Delivery Network on Acquia Cloud? And why?

Why use a Content Delivery Network on Acquia Cloud?

It’s easy to conclude that you don’t need to use a Content Delivery Network with Acquia cloud, especially when you consider that you already have a Varnish proxy cache that performs a similar function. However, the Content Delivery Network solves the “Geo Problem.” For example, the farthest country from the United States is Australia. If you are in Australia and viewing a page on a server in the United States, your browsing will become slow as your browser waits for your requests to travel to the United States and back to Australia. A Content Delivery Network solves the Geo problem by getting content from the closest server to your browser.

Setting up a Content Delivery Network on Acquia Cloud

It will be wise to check the documentation below for detailed information about incompatible features, prerequisites, testing, disabling, SSL certificates, and so much more.

It will also be a good idea to consult the product guide for Acquia Cloud Platform Enterprise. You will be able to get information about Acquia’s Content Delivery Network Services. Information about domain, bandwidth, security, etc.

You can now set up your Content Delivery Network with Acquia Clouds in 10 steps.

  1. Ensure that platform Content Delivery Network is accessible on your subscription. You can do this by contacting the Acquia account manager.
  1. Add all Domains.
  1. Put in your SSL certificates and be sure that your SSL certificates wrap all domains in each environment.
  1. It’ll be good to create a support ticket—outline application precisely as named on Acquia.
  1. Finalize details of your setup. Next, you’ll need to contact them and exchange messages to put things in the proper order.
  1. Check out for confirmation from Acquia that it’s set up. After verification, confirm that it’s working from your end.
  1. You’ll need to change your DNS records to TTL. This will allow you to switch back quickly whenever the platform CDN is not working.
  1. Ensure that your CDN goes live by updating your DNS records.
  1. Do a recheck and ensure that the Content Delivery Network is working.
  1. You may update your DNS records to a more advanced TTL

Lastly, confirm from Acquia that your CDN setup is complete. After that, verify that it’s working fine by yourself. You can verify by confirming that five things are operating as expected. First, the SSL, DNS, HTTPS & HTTP Ports. Also, ensure that you get cache hits from the CDN and that your browser cache is functioning.

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