Microsoft has announced the launch of Azure CDN (public preview status), enabling Azure customers to use and deliver content from Microsoft’s own global CDN network. This new CDN option has been added alongside existing Microsoft CDN options from Microsoft partners Verizon and Akamai.

The new global CDN being launched, Azure CDN from Microsoft, provides access to 54 global Edge Points-of-Presence (PoPs) in 33 countries and 16 Regional Cache PoPs at strategic network hubs across Microsoft’s anycast network. According to a new blog post from Daniel Gicklhorn, Principal Lead Product Manager, Azure Networking, and co-author Manling Zhang, Senior Program Manager, Azure CDN, this puts user content 50ms on average from users in more than 60 countries worldwide.

In addition to launching access to Microsoft’s native global CDN network, the vendor has also unveiled a public preview of ‘use-your-own’ SSL certificate, enabling users to customize and self-maintain their own SSL certificate and create a CDN infrastructure solution that completely fits their requirements.