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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.
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Products

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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Content Delivery
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Streaming Media
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes AWS Route53
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes AWS WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes AWS Shield
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Lambda@Edge

Network

CloudFront has POPs on almost all continents including a good presence in Asia and even mainland China (4 POPs).
CloudFront network map

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Locations marked with * are not active yet but on the CDN's roadmap.

Region POPs Locations
North America 24 United States flag Ashburn - Atlanta - Boston - Chicago - Dallas - Denver - Hayward - Hillsboro - Houston - Jacksonville - Los Angeles - Miami - Minneapolis - New York - Newark - Palo Alto - Philadelphia - Phoenix - Salt Lake City - San Jose - Seattle - South Bend
Canada flag Montreal - Toronto
Latin America 6 Argentina flag Buenos Aires
Brazil flag Rio de Janeiro - São Paulo
Chile flag Santiago
Colombia flag Bogotá
Mexico flag Querétaro
Europe 27 Austria flag Vienna
Bulgaria flag Sofia
Switzerland flag Zurich
Czech Republic flag Prague
Germany flag Berlin - Frankfurt - Hamburg - Munich
Denmark flag Copenhagen
Spain flag Madrid
Finland flag Helsinki
France flag Marseille - Paris
United Kingdom flag London - Manchester
Greece flag Athens
Croatia flag Zagreb
Hungary flag Budapest
Ireland flag Dublin
Italy flag Milan - Palermo - Rome
Netherlands flag Amsterdam
Norway flag Oslo
Poland flag Warsaw
Romania flag Bucharest
Sweden flag Stockholm
Russia & CIS 0
Asia excl. China 15 Hong Kong flag Hong Kong
Japan flag Osaka - Tokyo
India flag Bangalore - Chennai - Hyderabad - Kolkata - Mumbai - New Delhi
Malaysia flag Kuala Lumpur
South Korea flag Seoul
Philippines flag Manila
Singapore flag Singapore
Thailand flag Bangkok
Taiwan flag Taipei
China 4 China flag Beijing - Shenzhen - Shanghai - Zhongwei
Oceania 4 Australia flag Melbourne - Perth - Sydney
New Zealand flag Auckland
Middle-East 4 United Arab Emirates flag Dubai - Fujairah
Bahrain flag Manama
Israel flag Tel Aviv
Africa 3 Kenya flag Nairobi
South Africa flag Johannesburg - Cape Town

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 if origin is AWS)
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.085 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB (India: $0.109)
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.11 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.

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Sortof/partially Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 Yes HTTP/2 announcement (Sep 2016)
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016)
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip CloudFront can compress many content types on the edge and supports Brotli
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin ShieldCDN Guide: Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Origin Shield docs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin No
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 Yes No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Yes Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Sortof/partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Yes Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Yes 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 No
IP white/blacklisting Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

Support

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

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