This topic introduces Alibaba Cloud Content Delivery Network (CDN) and its billing methods. For more information, see the "Related topics" section in this topic. For more information about how to get started with Alibaba Cloud CDN and the basic features of this service, continue with the topics in this chapter.

What is Alibaba Cloud CDN?

Alibaba Cloud Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a distributed network built over the transport network and consists of edge nodes deployed in different regions across the world. Alibaba Cloud CDN caches static and dynamic resources from origin servers to the edge nodes and allows users to retrieve desired content from the nearest edge nodes. Alibaba Cloud CDN reduces workloads on origin servers to prevent network congestion. You can use Alibaba Cloud CDN to accelerate website content delivery in different regions or scenarios.

Alibaba Cloud has deployed over 2,800 nodes across the world. More than 2,300 nodes are deployed across 31 provincial regions in mainland China. Among these nodes, a large number of them are deployed in first-tier cities and provincial capitals. More than 500 nodes are deployed across 70 countries and regions outside mainland China, including China (Hong Kong), China (Macao), and China (Taiwan). Alibaba Cloud CDN supports a total bandwidth capacity of 130 Tbit/s. Each Alibaba Cloud CDN node supports 10 Gbit/s optical network interface controllers (NICs), data storage of 40 TB to 1.5 PB, and a bandwidth capacity of 40 Gbit/s to 200 Gbit/s.

Alibaba Cloud CDN is applicable to the following scenarios:
  • Downloads of small images: Your websites or applications offer downloads of images and small files in formats such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Downloads of large files: Your websites or applications offer downloads of files larger than 20 MB, such as game applications, client applications, or mobile apps.
  • On-demand audio and video streaming: Your websites or applications offer on-demand video streaming or short video streaming. Mainstream media formats such as MP4 and FLV are supported.
  • Dynamic Route for CDN (DCDN) is an independent Alibaba Cloud service and can accelerate the delivery of dynamic content. You can also use DCDN to accelerate the delivery of static and dynamic content separately.
  • Secure Content Delivery Network (SCDN): If your website is vulnerable to attacks and requires delivery acceleration, you can use SCDN to reinforce the security of your workloads.

During the use of Alibaba Cloud CDN, you can determine the acceleration effect based on the latency, download speed, website content loading speed, packet loss rate, ratio between the number of back-to-origin requests and the total number of requests, and cache hit ratio.

You can watch the following video to learn more about Alibaba Cloud CDN.

Billing methods

Alibaba Cloud CDN is charged for basic services and value-added services.
  • Basic services support the pay-by-bandwidth and pay-by-data-transfer billing methods.
    Note The pay-by-bandwidth billing method applies if the amount of network traffic that goes through your domain name remains relatively stable but the bandwidth utilization exceeds a daily rate of 30%. The pay-by-data-transfer billing method applies if the amount of network traffic that goes through your domain name encounters substantial fluctuations and bandwidth spikes but the daily bandwidth utilization is lower than 30%.

    If you choose pay-by-data-transfer, you can purchase an outbound data transfer plan on an annual basis to minimize the costs. For more information, see CDN/DCDN resource plans.

  • Value-added services are charged for HTTP requests, HTTPS requests, QUIC requests, real-time log entries, content moderation, and DCDN.

If you spend more than CNY 100,000 on Alibaba Cloud CDN per month, we recommend that you choose the 95th percentile bandwidth metering method.

Related topics

For more information about the latest updates of Alibaba Cloud CDN, see Release notes for Alibaba Cloud CDN.

For more information about the billing methods of Alibaba Cloud CDN, see:

Get started with Alibaba Cloud CDN

For more information about how to get started with Alibaba Cloud CDN, see: