A brief survey of services that offload your website onto the cloud yielded several results. Amazon S3, Cloudflare and MaxCDN. There has been an explosion in the number of websites offloading their content and as a result the above mentioned services are seeing increased demand. Amazon S3 has over a trillion objects stored in their system and hundreds of thousands of customers, MaxCDN has 13,000 + business and Cloudflare is growing as well. Here is Cloudflare’s stats at the time of writing:
The reason why these companies are doing well is simple. Offloading websites makes sense. It is economical, reliable, scalable and extremely simple to implement. Offloading is a growing trend but the technology is still in its infancy. However, Obsidian Delta the developer of CyberCDN is developing technology to enhance websites that are being offloaded onto the cloud. Offloading websites significantly changes how high capacity websites will be developed in the future. It is apparent that there needs to be a layer between the website and the cloud that will enable webmasters to further refine and make additions to the final website that is presented to the client.
The technology creates an application layer beyond your origin server. By creating a layer between your static website and the service that your site is being offloaded onto, it becomes possible to add extra features to your static website. Some examples of what can be done is optimizing images for the client or transforming content i.e. Word document to PDF. But this is only the beginning, it [...]