Disclaimer: I’ve managed web servers hands on from the terminal since 1995, but I am a complete newbie at CDN’s and CF is new. So excuse my ignorant queries.
I got a pitch from CF sales campaign for Argo. But we usually want to understand the context and what’s happening before making a business decision to spend money, even if it appears to be “cheap” it will add up over time… and this uncached traffic thing is a 95% opaque.
the email campaign analyzed our site with this result
Total requests: 7,050,022
Uncached requests: 4,844,894
Total bandwidth: 634.51 Gigabytes
Total uncached bandwidth: 392.44 Gigabytes
In our world, before making any decisions… it all about logs!
- What exactly are these uncached requests?
- what files?
- Are some files cached and then later served uncached?
- Are some files uncached and later cached?
- Over what time span does either 4 or 5 above happen and why?
- uncached from all CF CDN servers in all countries? or only some countries?
- Is it about mimetypes? (file extensions)?
- What about our heavy media files: PDFs, Mobi, ePub and MP3 files? Are they cached, uncached?
- Are the uncached request to our blog, because of our page rules? (WordPress + CF was so buggy we turned off caching for the blog until our R & D figures out what the H… is going on with WP it was a sink hole of time and energy…)
Seems CF is fishing for us to buy in to services, which is OK, it’s a great service and they need a revenue stream… I get that… no problem there… but really, to make an informed decision, I need to see exactly what is happening.