Delivering seamless web experience in China with UDomain CDN and cybersecurity services


More companies recognize the value of the internet as a business platform. They build websites to represent their brand, deliver content online or run an e-business. However, the unique internet situation in China has posed many challenges for companies that want to tap the explosive growth of China’s online market.

Slow web loading time is undoubtedly one of the key challenges for China. Added to this is the rising number of cyberattacks. With a broad range of state-of-the-art technologies and deep understanding of internet ecosystem, UDomain is well positioned to help businesses succeed online in China.

ICP-free China CDN service

Companies that want to host their websites in China are required to obtain an Internet Content Provider (ICP) license or ICP filing. The license covers any website offering direct selling of goods or services whereas the filing is granted to websites that are purely informational. Applicants must be registered companies in China. Without an ICP license, websites cannot be hosted in China, the result is slow web page loading and poor performance.

UDomain provides ICP-free China Content Delivery Network (CDN) service to companies that do not have an ICP license but require speedy and stable connectivity in China. E-commerce companies, rich multimedia websites and real-time information websites will benefit greatly from use of this service.

“We have a robust CDN infrastructure with diverse servers in the vicinity of China. Our close proximity to Chinese users enables them to enjoy the ultimate web experience quickly and securely,” said Monique Wong, Business Development Manager for UDomain Web Hosting Company Ltd.

The existing Internet service across China mainly relies on the private peering between eight major telecom companies. As yet there is no well-established Internet exchange in China like the one setup in Hong Kong (HKIX). UDomain, with our network infrastructure, is able to seamlessly connect the whole of China.”

The ICP-free China CDN service can intelligently identify the perfect ISPs and locations to provide high-speed and stable data transfers without data loss. For instance, the best quality network for Guangzhou Internet traffic is from Hong Kong while for Shanghai, it is from Korea.

The service operates in low latency in various geographical locations in China. For instance, the latency from Hong Kong to Guangdong is as low as 12ms while to Beijing is around 50 ms.  Users can access websites fast irrespective of their locations in China.

Recognizing that every business is unique, UDomain can tailor the service to meet each customer’s needs. Customers can also experience the performance-optimized network in advance with a free account.

ICP-free China CDN

DDoS protection service

Aside from slow web loading time, DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks in China also impede a website’s performance.

“As more IoT devices are deployed, China websites are increasingly vulnerable to DDoS attacks,” said Jacky Lam, Solution Architect at UDomain.

He made reference to a DDoS attacks report in which it was indicated that China remained the top country in terms of both the number of DDoS attacks and number of targets in the first quarter of 2017.

Figure 1: Distribution of DDoS attacks by country, Q4 2016 vs. Q1 2017

Distribution of DDoS attacks by country, Q4 2016 vs. Q1 2017Source: DDOS attacks in Q1 2017, SecureList

“Unlike some cybersecurity solution providers that place their DDoS mitigation centers in Europe or the US, our center is strategically located in Hong Kong. This allows us to route attack traffic directly to Hong Kong for mitigation without sacrificing performance. In doing so, low latency can be maintained while combating the attacks. Our customers’ online platforms could continue to operate smoothly,” said Wong.

Security requirements vary with customers. UDomain’s DDoS mitigation service can be customized to provide the best-fit protection to each customer.

Advice on building online presence

Wong shared three advices for companies looking to establish their online presence.

Firstly, companies should work with Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs), such as UDomain, when building their online presence from the very beginning. MSSPs offer comprehensive consultancy and analysis services including, capacity planning, website development and security advices.

Secondly, make security an integral component of their web development rather than adding in security only when attacks occur.

Lastly, many web developers like to stick to one operating system (OS), which may reach end-of-life over time. They should keep their OS up-to-date and regularly update security patches.

With nearly 20 years of technological expertise in web hosting, infrastructure management and security protection in Greater China, UDomain provides the best-fit solutions to meet customers’ needs both now and in the future.

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