Every byte matters, especially when you pay for it. That’s the reason we were so excited to learn about Brotli, a library developed by Google promising even better compression than Gzip.
While Chrome and Firefox developers are working hard to implement this tool into their next releases, so were we! Starting today, compatible browsers can ask for the data to be sent over compressed by the Brotli algorithm.
Since you only pay for the data transferred with us, this should bring you not only an improvement in speed of your content delivery, but also significant savings.
Brotli is a compression algorithm introduced in September 2015 by Google. It has had a predecessor Zopfli – an algorithm which has been created in 2013 and served mainly for compression of web fonts.
We planned to bring Brotli to you about 2 months earlier, but we realised that some major browsers weren’t ready. And what’s the point in providing Brotli support without your users being able to take advantage of it, right? While deploying, we found a bug in the code but the awesome guys from Chrome development team fixed it in light speed. So even thanks to them you can enjoy Brotli in Chrome today.
How to test Brotli?
Anything that makes your content delivery faster and cheaper is a high priority for us. That’s why we now offer the Brotli support for free to all clients. If you are our customer, there is no need to activate the functionality, it’s ON by default. Gzip and non-compressed transfers of course remain intact.
If you aren’t among our clients yet, feel free to sign up for our free 14-day trial. Our trial doesn’t limit the functionality, so you can also test Brotli.
As the first CDN provider to come with Brotli support, we wish you a smooth ride!