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CDNetworks versus CloudFront

Easily compare CDNetworks 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 CDNetworks CloudFront
Short profile Founded in 2000, CDNetworks has been in the content delivery space longer than most other CDNs. CDNetworks always had, and still has, a strong focus on emerging markets like Brazil and Russia. CDNetworks has a wide range of content delivery/acceleration and security products. 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

Product CDNetworks CloudFront
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Available/supported
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Available/supported Available/supported
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Available/supported Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Available/supported Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Available/supported Not available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported Available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Not available/supported

Network

Region CDNetworks CloudFront
North America 11 21
Latin America 7 2
Europe 13 17
Russia & CIS 17 0
Asia, excl China 19 11
China 20 0
Oceania 1 2
Middle-East 9 0
Africa 4 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CDNetworks CloudFront
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown 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 Unknown $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

Web acceleration CDNetworks CloudFront
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially ~ 15 minutes Partially ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Not available/supported Non-Anycasted network Partially Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 Not available/supported Available/supported HTTP/s announcement (Sep 2016)
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Available/supported IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016)
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin or compress on edge 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 Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Available/supported Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Multiple POPs can act as shield Not available/supported CloudFront does request collapsing though
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Unknown
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Available/supported No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Partially Completion time is 5 - 10 minutes Available/supported 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension Partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Available/supported Available/supported Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Available/supported 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 Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CDNetworks CloudFront
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Not available/supported Available/supported Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Available/supported Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Available/supported Available/supported Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Available/supported Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

Support

Customer support CDNetworks CloudFront
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Available/supported Yes, public. API docs
Humans Available/supported 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