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CacheFly versus CloudFront

Easily compare CacheFly and CloudFront for POP locations, products, pricing, features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these content delivery networks.

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Company

Company CacheFly CloudFront
Short profile Launched in 2002, CacheFly developed the world's first TCP-anycast based content delivery network. CacheFly has a focus on optimizing the CDN for throughput and has steadily built out the network to now have 50+ POPs on 6 continents. CacheFly provides a 100% uptime SLA and takes pride in acting as 'consultants to our customers'. 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.

Products

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

Network

Region CacheFly CloudFront
North America 17 24
Latin America 7 6
Europe 14 26
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 7 14
China 2 4
Oceania 3 4
Middle-East 4 4
Africa 1 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CacheFly CloudFront
Minimum contract term 1 month None
Minimum monthly costs $595 (35 TB/m) None
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests No $0.0075 - $0.022 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes $0.02 - $0.16 per GB (free if origin is AWS)
NA/EU traffic (low volume) n/a $0.085 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) n/a $0.14 per GB (India: $0.17)
LATAM traffic (low volume) n/a $0.11 per GB

Features

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  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CacheFly CloudFront
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially 5 - 180s depending on the change Sortof/partially ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs Must purchase dedicated IP
tooltip Or use DNS provider that can do CNAME flattening
Sortof/partially Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 Yes Yes HTTP/2 announcement (Sep 2016)
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? No Yes IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016)
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip CloudFront can compress many content types on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible
Yes HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Set specific Host header value or forward value from client to edge request Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Extra costs Origin Shield docs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP. Some storage free, more storage available at additional costs No
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides Unknown
Cache control - client caching Yes Origin headers are forwarded to client. Can config overrides Unknown
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes CacheFly support team can activate this edge behaviour Yes No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant (under 5s) Yes 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory, not by tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Yes Near real-time, lots of metrics Yes Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Extra costs Pull via FTP or have pushed to customer endpoint
tooltip Logs are 5 minutes delayed
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 Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CacheFly CloudFront
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free Yes Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Custom pricing No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert and/or Non-SNI possible Yes Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Yes Self-service activation/configuration Yes Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Yes Self-service activation/configuration. Predefined and custom rules Yes Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Extra costs Available in a Custom/Private CDN scenario No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Custom rules can be scripted (by support team at no extra charge) Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

Support

Customer support CacheFly CloudFront
Documentation Yes Yes, public Yes Yes, public. API docs
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support and a dedicated implementation/solutions engineer. Extra support ('Elite managed') available at a fee with SLA for support response time Extra costs Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs