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Last updated on February 28, 2023
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The Vercel Edge Network enables you to store content close to your customers and run compute in regions close to your data, reducing latency and improving end-user performance.

An Edge Network is both a CDN (Content Delivery Network) and a globally distributed platform for running compute at the edge.

The Vercel Edge Network stores content and runs compute in many regions around the world for optimal performance.

The Vercel Edge Network caches your content at the edge in order to serve data to your users as fast as possible.

The Vercel Edge Network supports streaming responses from Edge Functions and Serverless Functions to enable you to return data from remote sources incrementally rather than all at once.

Aside from routing your requests to the correct destination, the Edge Network also takes care of a few other important aspects of a working Deployment:

All of these actions are performed automatically with careful attention to performance (ensured by our choices of technology). In turn, we highly recommend not implementing SSL termination or compression in your own code, as it would be unnecessary.

Note: Because Vercel is a serverless platform, there is not a long-running server. For more information, see Why does npm run start not work on Vercel?.

The Edge Network supports the following protocols (negotiated with ALPN):