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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 ~40 POPs on 6 continents. 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
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CacheFly CloudFront
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Yes Dynamic Content Delivery
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Web and Mobile App Delivery Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Software Distribution Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Video & IPTV Delivery (no RTMP) Yes Streaming Media
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Yes AWS Route53
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Yes AWS WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. No Yes AWS Shield
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Applications Yes Lambda@Edge

Network

Region CacheFly CloudFront
North America 14 24
Latin America 7 5
Europe 14 26
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 7 14
China 2 4
Oceania 3 3
Middle-East 4 4
Africa 1 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CacheFly CloudFront
Minimum contract term 1 month None
Minimum monthly costs $500 None
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown $0.0075 - $0.022 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None $0.02 - $0.16 per GB (free is origin is AWS)
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.085 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.14 per GB (India: $0.17)
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.25 per GB

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • 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? Unknown Sortof/partially ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Yes Global Anycast Sortof/partially Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 Yes Yes HTTP/2 announcement (Sep 2016)
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown 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. Can't use an IP address.
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 No CloudFront does request collapsing though
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, SCP, rsync. Storage costs apply 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 Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble No Yes No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or 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 Yes FTP, SCP, rsync
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Sortof/partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
API Sortof/partially Purge and analytics, not for 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 for each customer No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN No Yes Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Yes Yes Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking No 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 No No
IP white/blacklisting No 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 Extra costs Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs