Currently we're serving this content from http://sstatic.net. While this works great, it means that I (sitting in Berlin) have to get my CSS from all the way across the Atlantic, because the servers that run sstatic.net are in New York.
The (main) idea of a CDN is that content should be delivered from a location as close as possible to the user, so they get their data faster.
To check if this idea lives up to its promise, I'd like to ask you to make a quick test: To measure (using Chrome dev tools, Firebug, or something similar) how long it takes to download a file from the CDN, compared to downloading it directly from us.
- From us: http://sstatic.net/js/full.js
- From the CDN: http://cdn.sstatic.net/js/full.js
Using the Chrome Developer tools, it looks like this for me:
Please make a few requests to each of the two links above (using Ctrl-F5, so the file is actually redownloaded), and post a typical example of latency and total download time for each file.
Note that the very first request to the CDN may or may not be slower – that's expected. Please also post your (rough) location.
- From Berlin, Germany
- sstatic: 152ms latency, 576ms total
- CDN: 52ms latency, 201ms total
Thanks in advance!