Faster Page Load Times for Cloud Apps

Knowing the best practices for accelerating web and mobile apps is one thing. But consistently using these practices, well, that’s a challenge for most. When engineers are forced to choose between adding business-critical functionality and performance optimization, performance optimization is typically left begging. This is unfortunate as users reward speedy sites with higher engagement, retention and conversions.

Appcito and PageSpeed Improve Page Load Times

What if you could improve your application’s page load times by 2x while decreasing bandwidth usage? OK, we got your attention. A10 Networks enables this scale of improvement without requiring any changes to your deployed web assets or release workflow.

How It Works
A10 Lightning Application Delivery Service (ADS) applies web performance policies to web pages, CSS, JavaScript and images as the service sends assets to a browser or mobile app. Some of the performance-improving actions include:

  • Minification – Removing unnecessary or redundant data without affecting how the resource is processed by the browser. Some of the changes might include inlining, streamlining formatting, etc.
  • Resizing – Resizing images that are larger than the size called for by the width and height attributes on the <img> tag
  • Removing unneeded meta data – Deleting meta data that increases file size but doesn’t alter image quality or code operation, such as Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) metadata that is embedded in jpeg image files or comments in JavaScript.
  • Re-encoding assets – Changing image encoding, such as from gif to png or jpeg to progressive, to allow pages to render more quickly. ADS will also compress assets as part of the re-encoding process.
  • Resequencing asset delivery – Prioritizing page rendering assets ahead of slower loading assets, like synchronous JavaScripts, that aren’t required for the user to interact with your app.
  • Caching – Saving performance-optimized assets for reuse.

ADS policies ensure that the smallest possible assets are sent across the wire from your cloud infrastructure to users’ browsers. A small number of optimizations like image compression and deferring JavaScript loads until above-the-fold content renders, drive significant improvement in page load times. But best of all, ADS applies every policy to every asset, every time. The result: comprehensive performance improvements. And because these optimization policies are automated within the A10 Lightning ADS, there is no effort required by your app developers nor changes to your workflow.

Policies for Improving Overall Performance with A10 Lightning ADS
Faster page loads and reduced bandwidth usage are significant advantages from using A10 Lightning ADS, but they’re not the only advantages.

ADS provides a unified set of services for applications deployed on cloud infrastructure. Designed to make DevOps teams become more agile and efficient, A10 Lightning ADS improves application availability, security and acceleration. Additionally, its feature set facilitates blue-green deployments and managing peaks and valleys in application traffic.

Because A10 Lightning ADS is available as a service, there is no hardware to procure, software to install or settings to configure. Easily add the ADS from your data plane in minutes. Quickly enable performance policies on a per-application basis with just a few mouse clicks. Policy sets for compression, caching, security, load balancing and more are set with similar ease.

Every App Deserves Faster Page Load Times
Improvements are always possible when you put capable engineers to work on tricky problems. As with all things performance, your results may vary. If your engineers are busy on other projects, try using A10 Lightning ADS to accelerate cloud applications without any changes to application code.

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