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CloudFront versus BaishanCloud

Easily compare CloudFront and BaishanCloud 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 CloudFront BaishanCloud
Short profile 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. BaishanCloud is a leading provider of cloud data services in China and around the world. As the only service provider based in China to be recognized by Gartner as possessing 'global' network capabilities, BaishanCloud is one of the fastest growing companies in the CDN space.

Products

Product CloudFront BaishanCloud
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 Not available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported Not available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Not 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 CloudFront BaishanCloud
North America 21 21
Latin America 2 8
Europe 17 22
Russia & CIS 0 10
Asia, excl China 11 25
China 0 350
Oceania 2 1
Middle-East 0 7
Africa 0 6

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CloudFront BaishanCloud
Minimum contract term None No minimum
Minimum monthly costs None No minimum
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.022 per 10k requests None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred $0.02 - $0.16 per GB (free is origin is AWS) None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.085 per GB $0.05 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.14 per GB (India: $0.17) $0.10 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.25 per GB $0.14 per GB

Features

Web acceleration CloudFront BaishanCloud
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Not available/supported Account creation requires a BaishanCloud employee's assistance
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially ~10 minutes Partially 30 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 Not available/supported
HTTP/2 Available/supported HTTP/s announcement (Sep 2016) Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016) Available/supported
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend, or compress on edge
tooltip CloudFront can compress many content types on the edge
Resend, or compress on edge
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
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? Partially Can't configure specific other Host header Available/supported Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Not available/supported CloudFront does request collapsing though Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Available/supported Upload in the portal or via API
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported By default, CDN honors origin headers
tooltip Full and granular control is possible
Cache control - client caching Unknown Available/supported By default, CDN honors origin headers
tooltip Full and granular control is possible
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported No Cache-Control extensions support Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support
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Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported 1 minute or faster Available/supported Instantly
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards) Available/supported Purge all, purge by directory. Purge by tag/key is in development
Analytics Available/supported Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
Log files Partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
Partially Logs for a day can be downloaded the next day. Free
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Available/supported Purge, configuration, analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection CloudFront BaishanCloud
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free (not SNI) Available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Not available/supported Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Available/supported Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI Extra costs Pricing is custom
Token authentication Available/supported Serving Private Content through CloudFront Available/supported Not self-service, support is needed
Geo blocking Available/supported Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content Extra costs Not self-service, support is needed
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking Available/supported Not self-service, support is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Available/supported Not self-service, support is needed
IP white/blacklisting Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses Available/supported Not self-service, support is needed

Support

Customer support CloudFront BaishanCloud
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public. API docs Partially Good documentation but not public
Humans Extra costs Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email support. Phone support is free and available in English during US business hours and 24/7 in Chinese language.