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CloudFront versus StackPath

Easily compare CloudFront and StackPath 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 StackPath
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. StackPath launched in 2016 and promises global, high performance content delivery + top notch security (integrated web application firewall and DDoS mitigation) while keeping things simple, transparent and affordable. StackPath is developer-friendly with 24/7/365 support and a fully-documented API.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CloudFront StackPath
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Content Delivery Sortof/partially
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Streaming Media Sortof/partially
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes AWS Route53 Yes Managed DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes AWS WAF Yes Web Application Firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes AWS Shield Yes DDoS Mitigation
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Sortof/partially Coming soon
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Lambda@Edge Yes Edge Compute

Network

Region CloudFront StackPath
North America 24 14
Latin America 6 2
Europe 26 8
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 14 5
China 4 0
Oceania 4 2
Middle-East 4 0
Africa 3 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CloudFront StackPath
Minimum contract term None One month
Minimum monthly costs None $10
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 if origin is AWS) Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.085 per GB $0.03 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.14 per GB (India: $0.17) $0.03 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.11 per GB $0.03 per GB

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CloudFront StackPath
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially ~10 minutes Yes Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Sortof/partially Only if used together with AWS Route53 No
HTTP/2 Yes HTTP/2 announcement (Sep 2016) Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016) Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip CloudFront can compress many content types on the edge and supports Brotli
Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS Yes HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header Yes
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Origin Shield docs Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin No Yes
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Yes Full and granular control with EdgeRules
Cache control - client caching Unknown Yes Full and granular control with EdgeRules
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes No Cache-Control extensions support Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes 1 minute or faster Yes Instant!
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards) Sortof/partially Purge all
Analytics Yes Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics Yes Real-time!
Log files Sortof/partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
Yes Only for larger volume plans
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CloudFront StackPath
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free (not SNI) Yes Free. SNI
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate No Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI Yes Free. SNI
Token authentication Yes Serving Private Content through CloudFront Yes
Geo blocking Yes Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Yes
IP white/blacklisting Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses Yes

Support

Customer support CloudFront StackPath
Documentation Yes Yes, public. API docs Yes Yes, public
Humans Extra costs Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs Yes 24/7 phone and email support included in all plans. Higher volume plans get a dedicated technical account manager