Comparison of the Highwinds and Amazon Cloudfront CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Highwinds and Amazon Cloudfront for POP locations, pricing and features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these Content Delivery Networks.

POP locations Highwinds Amazon Cloudfront
POPs in North-America 13HelpAshburn (13), Atlanta (2), Chicago (4), Dallas (4), Los Angeles (13), Miami (1), New York (8), Newark (1), Phoenix (6), San Francisco (2), San Jose/Sunnyvale (7), Seattle (3) and Toronto (3). 14HelpUS edge locations are in Ashburn, VA (3); Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Hayward, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Los Angeles, CA (2); Miami, FL; New York, NY (3); Newark, NJ; Palo Alto, CA; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA, South Bend, IN and St. Louis, MO
POPs in Europe 7HelpAmsterdam (6), Brussels, Frankfurt, London (2), Paris, Madrid, and Stockholm. 10HelpAmsterdam (2), Dublin, Frankfurt (3), London (3), Madrid, Marseille, Milan, Paris (2), Stockholm, Warsaw.
POPs in Asia (not China) 3HelpSeoul, Singapore and Tokyo 9HelpChennai, India; Mumbai, India; Hong Kong (2); Singapore (2); Tokyo (2); Osaka; Seoul; Taipei, Taiwan; Manila, the Philippines
POPs in China 0 0
POPs in Australia 1HelpSydney 2HelpSydney, Melbourne
POPs in South-America 2HelpRio de Janeiro (1) and São Paulo (3). 2HelpSao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
POPs in Middle-East 0 0
POPs in Africa 0 0

A POP is a Point Of Presence, an access point to the Internet. It is a physical, strategically placed location that houses multiple CDN servers.

Pricing Highwinds Amazon Cloudfront
Price US/EU traffic - low volume Not Available $0.12 per GB
Price US/EU traffic - high volume Not Available $0.02 per GB, at 5000 TB per month
Extra charge for APAC region traffic Not Available 58%Help$0.19 / GB for Hong Kong & Singapore and $0.201 / GB for Japan
Storage Not available FreeHelpS3 storage charges may apply for S3 backed distributions.
Resellers TurboBytes

Note: custom price plans are very common in the CDN market, especially for large volume customers. We recommend you always talk to the CDN provider about your needs and requirements and work with them to get a best-fit deal.

Features & Support Highwinds Amazon Cloudfront
Origin-Pull Yes YesHelpOrigin pull is called "Custom Origin" when creating a new Cloudfront distribution.
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes YesHelpTo use push, set the Cloudfront distribution to use "Amazon S3 Origin" as the source.
Purge Yes YesHelpCloudfront charges $0.005 per file purged. 1,000 purges are free per month.
Purge All Yes No
Gzip Resend from origin, or compress on edge Only if origin server does Gzip
Persistent connections Yes Yes
Honors all origin server headers Yes Yes
Can override origin server headers Yes No
Set caching headers for pushed files Yes Yes
Custom CNAMEs Yes YesHelpThere is a limit of 100 CNAMEs per distribution.
HTTPS Yes Yes
Control Panel & statistics YesHelpThe console is called StrikeTracker, a Rich Internet Application (RIA) that provides a single, integrated front-end control console for managing all of the CDN services. In 2010 StrikeTracker won the European Readers' Choice Award for best Reporting and Analytics Solutions. Yes
Access Logs Yes YesHelpAccess logs can be optionally written to a S3 bucket.
API Yes Yes
Support YesHelpThe Highwinds Network Operations Center is based out of Phoenix, Arizona. They are available 24/7 and can be dialed directly for support. Email is an easy way to get a ticket started up for tracking purposes. NoHelpBy default aws only provides a forum for community support. Premium support is available at extra charges.
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