With CDNetworks global network, Calaméo increased downloading capacity while decreasing bandwidth

At a glance

Company: Calameo

Founded: 2008

Headquarters: France

Industry: Digital Publication

Website: https://www.calameo.com/

CDN Services: Content Acceleration

Key results

  • A ten-fold increase in capacity at a lower cost
  • Seamless management of large volumes (impossible before CDNetworks’ solution)
  • Faster display of static documents with reduced bandwidth requirements
  • The flexibility to manage spikes in website traffic
  • Enhanced security, since CDNetworks can filter malicious content

Calaméo is a free document publishing and sharing platform developed by WebCentric. It lets users incorporate multimedia features like videos, sound effects, and interactive animations into their web publications.

80% of the platform’s users are consumers and 20% are businesses that have signed up for paid options. Those business customers include Nestle, Fiat, Carrefour, Suzuki, Lidl, and the French Red Cross. The platform has been so successful that the bandwidth capacity needed to store and display the huge number of Word documents, PDF documents, and other content has skyrocketed.

The challenge

Faced with the immense popularity – and rapidly-growing data volumes – of their platform, Calaméo’s managers decided to invest in additional IT infrastructure. They wanted a solution that would provide additional capacity and rapid, reliable service at a reasonable cost. Because the platform is based in Paris but has an international user base, they needed technology that could quickly deliver content to users across the globe.


The solution

CDNetworks’ solution lets users publish static documents even faster by reducing the amount of bandwidth required and bringing content closer to where they are. It also gives Calaméo the flexibility it needs to seamlessly deal with spikes in website traffic.

Thanks to its 200 points of presence around the world, CDNetworks can store content near just about any user location, and has the global infrastructure to absorb peaks in website traffic. Calaméo’s own network covers South America, the Middle East, North America, Europe, and Asia. “Even if our website traffic or volume doubles, we know that our platform will continue to operate without a hitch – thanks to CDNetworks’ solution. That’s very reassuring,” said Jean-Olivier de Berard.

CDNetworks’ solution also serves as filter: its content delivery network can block malicious queries before they reach Calaméo’s servers.

The results

A ten-fold increase in web capacity isn’t the only benefit Calaméo has seen from working with CDNetworks. Its managers also appreciate the highly-efficient customer support. “CDNetworks’ tech support team has always been very helpful, responding very quickly every time we have question,” said Mathieu.


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