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QUANTIL versus CloudFront

Easily compare QUANTIL 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 QUANTIL CloudFront
Short profile QUANTIL launched their CDN services in 2012. They have a strong focus on live stream delivery with continued support for RTMP, L-HLS, HDS, HTTP TS and HTTP FLV. QUANTIL has a full-featured IPv4+IPv6 network and a big network of POPs in 34 countries including mainland China (ChinaNetCenter). 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 QUANTIL 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 Not available/supported Not available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Not 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 Unknown Not available/supported

Network

Region QUANTIL CloudFront
North America 10 21
Latin America 0 2
Europe 6 17
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia, excl China 15 11
China 550 0
Oceania 3 2
Middle-East 4 0
Africa 6 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration QUANTIL CloudFront
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs $1000 None
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None $0.0075 - $0.022 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None $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 QUANTIL CloudFront
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially Depends on number of POPs turned on Partially ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs Purchase auth DNS that integrates with their CDN Partially Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported HTTP/s announcement (Sep 2016)
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported Available/supported IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016)
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Available/supported 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 Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Available/supported Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Partially Custom config, done by their support team Not available/supported CloudFront does request collapsing though
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs One-time $500 setup fee, $150/TB per month Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Unknown
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Partially Custom config, done by their support team Available/supported No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Partially Sometimes takes up to 10 min Available/supported 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Available/supported Many metrics. API outputs near real-time data. The customer portal is updated every 1-2 hours Available/supported Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Partially Delay is 1-3 hours. Download through API or from portal Partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
API Partially XML output Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection QUANTIL CloudFront
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Available/supported Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing Available/supported Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Available/supported
tooltip Available for ingress and egress points of the CDN. MD5 and SHA256
Available/supported Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Available/supported
tooltip Customers can provide a list regions and/or countries to whitelist and/or blacklist
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 Not available/supported Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported
tooltip Whitelist and/or blacklist IP address. Self-configure.
Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

Support

Customer support QUANTIL CloudFront
Documentation Available/supported Yes, but not everything is public. API docs are public. Available/supported Yes, public. API docs
Humans Partially Standard support (Monday to Friday, 9-6 pm PST) for small customers, and emergency support (24/7) for large customers. Support Availability. Extra costs Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs