SoftLayer_Network_ContentDelivery_Account controls a single CDN user account and that account's content hosted on SoftLayer's CDN hosting infrastructure. Individual customer accounts can have more than one CDN account.

Every CDN account has the capability to configure and upload content to SoftLayer's CDN infrastructure. When a user requests content from the CDN they retrieve data from the node in closest physical proximity to them, assuring failover in the case of single node failure and the lowest network latency possible.

CDN supports three distinct types of content, streaming Flash, streaming Windows Media and traditional HTTP. Each of these types of service are automatically set depending on the folder you upload your content to. Each of these types of content are accessed from different URLs. URL examples can be found on the customer portal.

CDN supports directory creation, bandwidth reporting, and an Origin Pull rule if you wish to manage your content directly on one of your servers. Files uploaded to CDN are accessed by users in directories relative to your account's root directory. For instance, if the file "/images/header.jpg" exists in your CDN space then it can be accessed at the URL ""

CDN accounts support FTP transfers in addition to API-based uploads. To access a CDN account's FTP space on the SoftLayer private network, log into with an FTP client using your CDN account name and a password set either in the SoftLayer customer portal or by via the setFtpPassword method

CDN supports the content authentication service. CDN's content authentication service is the technology that allows only authorized user to access your content. It performs a token based authentication before delivering content. An authentication token can be obtained from the SoftLayer customer portal or API and it needs to be appended to the CDN URL. When an end-user requests a file, CDN server will check the validity of the token passed via HTTP GET string with a remote web service provided by SoftLayer. Then the content will be delivered if the value returned from the web service is good otherwise the connection will be rejected. The token authentication web service call is made in real time and it will hold the incoming connection until receiving a value returned from the website.

There are several scenarios where this authentication capability could be useful. Websites can prevent other rogue websites from linking to their videos. Content owners can prevent users from passing around HTTP links, thus forcing them to login to view contents. See SoftLayer_Network_ContentDelivery_Authentication_Token and SoftLayer_Network_ContentDelivery_Authentication_Address for more details on the content authentication service.


Validates an authentication token

Creates a directory on the CDN FTP server

Create a CDN FTP user record

Sets up an Origin Pull domain rule

Sets up an Origin Pull domain rule

Adds a token authentication directory

Deletes a CDN FTP user record

Removes an Origin Pull domain rule

Disables CDN access log

Enables CDN access log

Retrieve the customer account that a CDN account belongs to.

Returns bandwidth data for each POP

Returns an object with bandwidth graph data for each POP

Retrieve the CDN account id that this CDN account is associated with.

Retrieve the IP addresses that are used for the content authentication service.

Returns all token validation web service endpoints

Returns bandwidth data for a time range

Returns bandwidth data for a time range, separated by types and regions

Returns an object with bandwidth graph data

Retrieve the current billing item for a CDN account.

Retrieve the name of a CDN account.

Retrieve a brief note on a CDN account.

Retrieve the solution type of a CDN account.

Returns customer origins

Retrieve indicates if CDN account is dependent on other service. If set, this CDN account is limited to these services: createOriginPullMapping, deleteOriginPullRule, getOriginPullMappingInformation, getCdnUrls, purgeCache, loadContent, manageHttpCompression

Returns a directory list

Returns a CDN FTP disk space usage

Returns an object with FTP disk usage graph data

Returns CDN FTP login credentials

Retrieve indicates if it is a legacy CDN or not

Retrieve indicates if CDN logging is enabled.

Returns CDN supported URLs

Retrieve a SoftLayer_Network_ContentDelivery_Account record.

Gets Origin Pull domain information

Returns media URLs that support Origin Pull mapping

Gets Origin Pull domain information

Returns all CDN POPs (Points of Presence).

Retrieve indicates if customer is allowed to access the CDN provider's management portal.

Returns login credentials to the CDN provider portal

Retrieve a CDN account's status presented in a more detailed data type.

Returns token authentication directories

Retrieve indicates if the token authentication service is enabled or not.

Returns login credentials to CDN FTP server

Returns login credentials to CDN FTP server

Loads content to all CDN nodes

Enable or disable CDN edge compression

Purges content on POP

Deletes a token authentication directory

Removes a file or a directory on the CDN FTP server

Sets the token validation web service endpoint

Updates a CDN FTP user password

Updates CDN account note

Uploads binary data to the CDN FTP server