Welcome to Mixed Mode with DD

If you're using Download Delivery (DD), you may want to define different behaviors for different use cases within a single Property Manager configuration ("property") to simplify the configuration process, and also get the best performance, by applying best practices for each use case.

The old way vs. the new way: Mixed Mode Configuration

With a traditional DD property—the "old way"—the various use case-based behaviors for optimization are limited to the Default Rule in the property, which uses a match criteria of "all requests." A Mixed Mode Configuration (MMC)—the "new way"—lets you set up a single property and include these behaviors in multiple rules, and set up different match criteria.

  • More Origin Optimization. In the past, you could include multiple origin servers in a single DDproperty, but you could only apply a single instance of the Origin Characteristics behavior to optimize access to them. If you needed unique Origin Characteristics for multiple origins, you had to create a completely separate DD property to handle requests. Now, you can include multiple origins in a single property, along with unique Origin Characteristics, and set up match criteria to direct requests to the applicable origin.
  • More Content and Client Optimization. Previously, you had to create one property to optimize delivery of specific content to some clients, and a second to optimize its delivery to other clients. Now you can apply multiple instances of the Content Characteristics and Client Characteristics behaviors in a single property, to optimize delivery, based on match criteria you set up for client requests.

You'll need additional documentation

This document offers use case examples for MMC with your DD property, but it doesn't offer full details on property creation. It works in conjunction with the following documents:

  • The Download Delivery - Implementation Guide. This offers full details on property creation for DD. This is openly available on the Learn Akamai site.
  • The Property Manager Help. The Property Manager in Control Center is used to create a property, and various processes discussed here apply to all properties. This requires Akamai Control Center account access.

Links to these documents are included when applicable.