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CloudFront versus CDNvideo

Easily compare CloudFront and CDNvideo 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 CDNvideo
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. CDNvideo is a global CDN provider with a wide network of servers located on five continents and a part of Wangsu group owning the second largest CDN in the world (>86K servers + bandwidth of 42 TB/sec). Their specialties are live streaming, VoD, HTTP caching, transcoding and website acceleration. CDNvideo has developed an unlimited cloud storage and an HTML5 player enabling P2P streaming and 360-degree video demonstration.

Products

Product CloudFront CDNvideo
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Unknown
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 Unknown
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Unknown
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Unknown
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Unknown

Network

Region CloudFront CDNvideo
North America 21 13
Latin America 2 7
Europe 17 11
Russia & CIS 0 37
Asia, excl China 11 23
China 0 100
Oceania 2 4
Middle-East 0 8
Africa 0 7

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CloudFront CDNvideo
Minimum contract term None 1 month
Minimum monthly costs None $50
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
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.14 per GB (India: $0.17) $0.05
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.25 per GB $0.05

Features

Web acceleration CloudFront CDNvideo
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Available/supported 5 minutes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially ~10 minutes Partially 5 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 Non-Anycasted network
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 IP address as origin is possible
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 Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Extra costs Upload via web interface. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported
Cache control - client caching Unknown Available/supported
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
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported 1 minute or faster Partially Purging takes a few minutes
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 Partially 1-5 minutes delay
Log files Partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
Partially Download from the UI
tooltip Logs are ~ 30 minutes delayed
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics and configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CloudFront CDNvideo
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 Available/supported Free
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Available/supported Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI Extra costs
Token authentication Available/supported Serving Private Content through CloudFront Available/supported
Geo blocking Available/supported Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content 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 Available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses Available/supported

Support

Customer support CloudFront CDNvideo
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public. API docs Partially Yes, the Starters Guide is available to the 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, Skype and phone support