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CloudFront versus CacheFly

Easily compare CloudFront and CacheFly 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 CacheFly
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. 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.

Products

Product CloudFront CacheFly
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Not 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 Not 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 Not available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Not available/supported

Network

Region CloudFront CacheFly
North America 21 11
Latin America 2 2
Europe 17 14
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia, excl China 11 7
China 0 0
Oceania 2 3
Middle-East 0 4
Africa 0 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CloudFront CacheFly
Minimum contract term None 1 month
Minimum monthly costs None $500
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.022 per 10k requests Unknown
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 Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.14 per GB (India: $0.17) Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.25 per GB Unknown

Features

Web acceleration CloudFront CacheFly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Not available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially ~10 minutes Unknown
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 Available/supported Global Anycast
HTTP/2 Available/supported HTTP/s announcement (Sep 2016) Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016) Unknown
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 from origin
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible. Can't use an IP address.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Partially Can't configure specific other Host header Available/supported Set specific Host header value or forward value from client to edge request
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Not available/supported CloudFront does request collapsing though Available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Extra costs FTP, SFTP, SCP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides
Cache control - client caching Unknown Available/supported Origin headers are forwarded to client
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported No Cache-Control extensions support Not available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported 1 minute or faster Available/supported Instant
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards) Partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Available/supported Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics Available/supported Near real-time, lots of metrics
Log files Partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
Available/supported FTP, SCP, rsync
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Partially Purge and analytics, not for configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CloudFront CacheFly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free (not SNI) Available/supported Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Not available/supported Extra costs Custom pricing for each customer
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Available/supported Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI Not available/supported
Token authentication Available/supported Serving Private Content through CloudFront Available/supported
Geo blocking Available/supported Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content Not available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking Available/supported
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses Not available/supported

Support

Customer support CloudFront CacheFly
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public. API docs Available/supported Yes, 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 and phone support