Now Serving: SPDY 3.1
May 20th, 2014
We are happy to announce today that MaxCDN is rolling out official SPDY support to all of our customers. It is disabled by default and all you have to do is enable it in your Pull Zone settings in our Control Panel. If you are using the API you can also enable SPDY on your Pull Zone(s) by updating the spdy parameter to a value of 1.
What is SPDY?
SPDY is a protocol developed by Google for web content delivery. SPDY manipulates web traffic, with particular goals of reducing web page load latency and improving web security.
It can be enabled for all HTTPS traffic and the main feature that we are most excited about is the speed boost that it provides. Being a CDN company this is very important for us and we can’t wait to see our clients use it in the wild.
With the help of MaxCDN, the SPDY 3.1 module for Nginx was under development for quite some time, but finally it reached maturity and was released in Nginx mainline 1.6. It means that is now part of the stable Nginx version which makes it safe to enable in production environment.
SPDY is supported by all latest versions of Chrome, Opera and Firefox. Including their mobile editions. But even if a user’s browser does not support it its not a big deal as our servers will fallback to HTTP/1.1 with TLS for all non-compatible browsers.