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Internet Governance Glossary


2.12 Content delivery network / Content distribution network / CDN

Large distributed system of servers deployed in multiple data centers across the Internet.


The goal of a CDN is to serve content to end-users with high availability and high performance. CDNs serve a large fraction of the Internet content today, including web objects (text, graphics and scripts), downloadable objects (media files, software, documents), applications (e-commerce, portals), live streaming media, on-demand streaming media, and social networks.