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Keep Your e-Commerce Available on Black Friday 2021

Keep Your e-Commerce Available on Black Friday 2021

July 27, 2021

Having a site or application outage on Black Friday is every e-commerce owner’s worst nightmare. E-commerce is notorious for it’s razor-thin profit margins, making these major holiday shopping days not only important, but critical to the success of retailers’ apps and websites. Due to the pandemic, many shoppers opted to avoid crowded stores and order online last year, using curbside pickup or delivery to minimize contact while receiving their purchases. As many shoppers continue to adjust their shopping patterns pre- and post- pandemic, and others make permanent changes to their routines, e-commerce stores must ensure their sites are prepared to handle huge traffic spikes this holiday season.

How Can Edge Application Improve Your User Experience?

How Can Edge Application Improve Your User Experience?

June 16, 2021

If you visited a business that shut down during operating hours, had long wait times, and constantly advertised irrelevant services, would you return? Probably not--so why risk the same user experience for your customers? The more time users spend online, the more important it is to ensure your digital business is as personalized and performant as possible, requiring powerful computing capabilities located as close as possible to end users. That’s why today’s biggest companies are replacing their CDNs with edge computing: a new type of distributed infrastructure designed for the modern Internet.

The Basics of Image Processing

The Basics of Image Processing

May 28, 2021

A website without images would be unthinkable in today’s Internet. Not only are images necessary to create beautifully designed web pages, they have been found to drive conversions, social sharing, and user engagement. But the time and resources required to transfer photos, logos, artwork, and even some text to create the full composition of the web page is so intensive that images may seem less like an asset and more like a liability. That’s why image processing is crucial to the success of any digital business—and can mean the difference between whether your users find themselves looking at a crisp, colorful website versus a fragmented page of placeholders or a blank loading screen.

Overcoming the Challenges of Video Streaming with Edge Application

Overcoming the Challenges of Video Streaming with Edge Application

May 20, 2021

As online users’ appetite for video content increases, digital businesses are becoming more reliant on video streaming. Faced with stiff competition for clicks and views, businesses are working hard to develop the best possible video content. But even the most compelling videos may be abandoned or ignored by users as a result of performance hiccups like slow load time, playback errors, and constant buffering. To ensure the hard work spent generating amazing content isn’t wasted, website and application owners must know the ins and outs of video streaming.

When to Choose SSR or SSG: A Guide to Page Rendering

When to Choose SSR or SSG: A Guide to Page Rendering

May 10, 2021

As more companies embrace digital initiatives, businesses must work hard to not only find an audience for their site, but keep users engaged and interested. However, competing for clicks is becoming increasingly challenging, leaving little room for poor performance in speed and SEO and furthering the importance of social media in driving traffic and gaining conversions. That’s why tools like static site generation (SSG) and server-side rendering (SSR) are gaining (or in the case of SSR, regaining) popularity as a way to optimize performance, SEO, social media sharing, and other business drivers.

Green Computing: Reducing Energy Consumption with Azion

Green Computing: Reducing Energy Consumption with Azion

April 22, 2021

If you’re looking for something to celebrate this Earth Day, consider this: despite steady increases in Internet-connected devices and data consumption, green computing initiatives across the technology sector have managed to prevent a corresponding rise in energy consumption. But that doesn’t mean companies should stop doing their part to reduce their CO2 footprint. On the contrary, as new technologies continue to enable more connectivity than ever, it’s increasingly important for businesses to offset and drastically reduce their resource use through green computing initiatives.

Three Ways Edge Computing Can Improve e-Commerce

Three Ways Edge Computing Can Improve e-Commerce

April 20, 2021

As e-commerce becomes an increasingly popular way for consumers to shop, businesses must find new and innovative ways to improve their sites in order to remain competitive. By providing speed, increased availability, real-time analytics, and security in the last mile, edge computing can give retailers a competitive advantage. This blog post will examine the benefits of edge computing and how it can be used to deliver three key needs for e-commerce businesses: high performance, custom experiences, and building trust with customers.

A Quick Tour of Azion's Edge Functions

A Quick Tour of Azion's Edge Functions

March 31, 2021

As part of our official release of JavaScript support for Edge Functions, we’ve rounded up and summarized past blog posts on Edge Computing and Edge Functions. This primer will give readers a conceptual view of how our Edge Computing platform is set up and how Edge Functions work. In addition, it covers Edge Functions' attributes and features, discusses its key benefits, and describes the underlying technologies that help to make it great.

Why Azion Chose the V8 Engine for Edge Functions

Why Azion Chose the V8 Engine for Edge Functions

March 30, 2021

One of the key advantages of serverless is that much of the complexity of development is abstracted away, enabling developers to focus on what matters most: crafting the best possible functionality and user experience. However, from time to time, we at Azion like to share with our readers some of the techniques we use under the hood to deliver the best possible performance, security, cost-efficiency, and resource use. Foremost among these tools is Google’s V8 Engine. The V8 Engine is embedded in our core technology, Azion Cells, and used under the hood of our new serverless computing product, Edge Functions, which is now available with JavaScript support.

Edge Caching: Next-Generation CDN Services

Edge Caching: Next-Generation CDN Services

March 17, 2021

From their emergence in the late 1990s, content delivery networks, or CDNs, have been instrumental in reducing Internet bottlenecks and speeding delivery by caching content close to end users. However, the Internet of today is very different from the Internet of the 1990s; as a result, today’s site and application owners need CDNs capable of providing more services, processing more requests, and quickly delivering high-resolution images, video streaming, and dynamic content to a wide variety of devices.

Minimize Vendor Lock-in With Edge Functions and Edge Orchestrator

Minimize Vendor Lock-in With Edge Functions and Edge Orchestrator

March 4, 2021

The need for agile applications, on-demand scalability, high performance, and round-the-clock availability have all driven increased adoption of cloud computing, Edge Computing, and serverless architecture. Despite the benefits of these technologies, some companies are still hesitant to adopt them due to the fear of vendor lock-in. Knowing how to mitigate the risk of lock-in can help companies avoid unexpected costs and complications as they migrate to the edge and the cloud.

Why Azion is Using the Rust Programming Language

Why Azion is Using the Rust Programming Language

February 12, 2021

Previously in this series of posts on microservices, we discussed the features and traits necessary to next-generation applications. As 5G and Edge Computing infrastructure are built out, ultra low-latency and reliable applications and services will become increasingly common, accelerating already high user expectations for performance. In addition, with more people working, shopping, and learning online than ever, strict security measures will be needed to meet compliance requirements and ensure consumer privacy.

App Modernization: Rehost, Refactor, Rearchitect, Rebuild, and Replace

App Modernization: Rehost, Refactor, Rearchitect, Rebuild, and Replace

January 28, 2021

Anyone who’s ever postponed installing a new OS to the newest version can attest to the technical issues that arise when older systems are not updated. Continuing to use outmoded technology can lead to a world of problems, from security issues to poor performance and reliability. As a result, the need to modernize is clear to many businesses. However, the process for modernization is decidedly less straightforward, with strategies that run the gamut from “lifting and shifting” an application onto newer infrastructure to replacing or rewriting the old application from scratch.

Getting Your Business Ready For Microservices

Getting Your Business Ready For Microservices

January 25, 2021

Microservices were once an alternative to monolithic application architecture. They presented a new mode of development with its own set of risks and rewards. Now, we are reaching a tipping point where it’s no longer a question of whether to migrate, but when to migrate. However, migrating is a challenging process that can pose problems if executed poorly. This post will cover why microservices are necessary, the challenges of migrating to microservices, and how to devise a plan for migration.

Monolithic Applications vs. Microservices

Monolithic Applications vs. Microservices

January 21, 2021

One of the buzziest topics that exists in computing today is over the modernization of legacy applications. With the rise of 5G, Edge Computing, and serverless architecture, many companies are wondering whether--and how--to rethink applications for today’s digital landscape. To help shed some light on these concerns, we’re introducing a series of posts that will discuss application modernization from a variety of business and technical perspectives, with a focus on one of the most widely discussed aspects of modernization, the use of microservices.

The Coming of Age for 5G Private Networks

The Coming of Age for 5G Private Networks

January 5, 2021

This past June, 3GPP completed Release 16, which not only provided support for ultra-low latency communications (URLLC) and massive machine-type communications (mMTC), but also helped realize another Industrial IoT building block: private networks. Private networks are cellular networks used by individual enterprises or other organizations, such as police stations or fire departments, and configured for the organization’s individual needs.

Modern App Architecture for 5G Networks

Modern App Architecture for 5G Networks

December 29, 2020

It’s almost impossible to talk about 5G without using words like “game-changing,” “revolutionary,” and “breakthrough.” And while we tech bloggers tend to use these words a lot, it’s not hyperbole in this case: 5G standards really are much more ambitious than the capabilities of LTE and legacy networks. But in order to deliver on the promises of 5G networks, the devices and applications using them will need to be as efficient as possible.

Multi-Access Edge Computing: Enabler of 5G Standards

Multi-Access Edge Computing: Enabler of 5G Standards

December 8, 2020

You may have heard the phrase “no latency, gigabit experience” as a shorthand for what 5G will deliver. However, 5G’s capabilities extend far beyond improving the performance you’ll get on your mobile phone. It will also populate smart cities and with high-density, low-energy consumption IoTs that can be used to improve public safety and conserve resources, and will enable mission-critical uses like remote surgery, where a high-speed, uninterrupted network connection is literally a matter of life and death.

Azion Introduces Layer 7 Load Balancer

Azion Introduces Layer 7 Load Balancer

December 7, 2020

A load balancer is similar to a reverse proxy. That means it acts as a proxy for the server in client-server connections, as opposed to a forward proxy, which would act as a proxy for the client. When a client device attempts to connect to a service, a load balancer for that service accepts the connection, and then decides which of its servers to forward the connection to, based on the rules of the load balancing algorithm it was programmed with (more on that in a moment).

Provision and Orchestrate Applications on Edge

Provision and Orchestrate Applications on Edge

November 28, 2020

At Azion, we take pride in our ability to offer high-performing, low latency serverless capabilities to businesses of all sizes. We couldn’t have done any of this without our sophisticated orchestration technology, which manages our complex infrastructure and has enabled us to automate the daily maintenance of our ICT. It’s been the backbone of our company for years, but we only recently realized that a tool this powerful should be put directly into the hands of our customers.