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Company

CloudFront is the CDN of AWS (Amazon Web Services), the world's largest cloud services provider. CloudFront offers a mature set of content delivery products and has a big network of POPs on many continents. Solid documentation and APIs make CloudFront a developer-friendly CDN.
CloudFront website

CloudFront logo

Products

View the table below for more insight into the products CloudFront supports.
Hover over/touch the product to view a short description.

  • Available/supported = Yes
  • Partially = Sort of/partially
  • Not available/supported = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Dynamic Content Delivery
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Available/supported
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Available/supported Streaming Media
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported AWS Route53
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported AWS WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported AWS Shield
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported

Network

CloudFront has POPs on almost all continents including a good presence in South America and Middle East. For China acceleration, they partner with Prime Networks.
CloudFront network map

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Region POPs Locations
North America 18 Ashburn - Atlanta - Chicago - Dallas - Hayward - Jacksonville - Los Angeles - Miami - Minneapolis - New York - Newark - Palo Alto - San Jose - Seattle - South Bend - St. Louis
Montreal - Toronto
Latin America 2 Rio de Janeiro - São Paulo
Europe 13 Vienna
Zurich
Berlin - Frankfurt - Munich
Madrid
Marseille - Paris
London
Dublin
Amsterdam
Warsaw
Stockholm
Russia & CIS 0
Asia, excl China 10 Hong Kong
Osaka - Tokyo
Chennai - Mumbai - New Delhi
Seoul
Manila
Singapore
Taipei
China 0
Oceania 2 Melbourne - Sydney
Middle-East 0
Africa 0

Pricing

CloudFront is Pay As You Go with tiered pricing. Discounted rates are available based on a commit in an annual contract. With CloudFront, you can lower the prices you pay to deliver content out of Amazon CloudFront by selecting a non-default Price Class (not all POPs turned on). Customer cert HTTPS is free (SNI) or $600/m if you need non-SNI.
CloudFront pricing

Pricing & contract duration
Minimum contract term None
Minimum monthly costs None
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.022 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred $0.02 - $0.16 per GB (free is origin is AWS)
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.085 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.14 per GB (India: $0.17)
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.25 per GB

Features

View the tables below for more insight into the features CloudFront supports.
Hover over/touch the feature name to view a short description.

  • Available/supported = Yes
  • Partially = Sort of/partially
  • Not available/supported = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Partially Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016)
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend, or compress on edge
tooltip CloudFront can compress many content types on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Not available/supported CloudFront does request collapsing though
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown
Cache control - client caching Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Partially ~10 to 15 minutes
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Available/supported Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Available/supported Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Available/supported Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Available/supported Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

Support

Customer support
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public. API docs
Humans Extra costs Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs