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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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product QUANTIL CloudFront
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Website Acceleration Yes Dynamic Content Delivery
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 Download Acceleration Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Live Stream Acceleration Yes Streaming Media
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video On Demand Acceleration Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Yes AWS Route53
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Yes AWS WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Cloud Security Yes AWS Shield
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Yes Lambda@Edge

Network

Region QUANTIL CloudFront
North America 10 24
Latin America 0 6
Europe 6 26
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 22 14
China 550 4
Oceania 3 4
Middle-East 4 4
Africa 6 3

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 if 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 $0.11 per GB

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration QUANTIL CloudFront
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially Depends on number of POPs turned on Sortof/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 Sortof/partially Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 Yes Yes HTTP/2 announcement (Sep 2016)
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016)
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip CloudFront can compress many content types on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes Yes HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Sortof/partially Custom config, done by their support team Extra costs Origin Shield docs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs One-time $500 setup fee, $150/TB per month No
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Unknown
Cache control - client caching Yes Unknown
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Sortof/partially Custom config, done by their support team Yes No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially Sometimes takes up to 10 min Yes 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Yes Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Yes Many metrics. API outputs near real-time data. The customer portal is updated every 1-2 hours Yes Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Sortof/partially Delay is 1-3 hours. Download through API or from portal Sortof/partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
API Sortof/partially XML output Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection QUANTIL CloudFront
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing Yes Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Yes
tooltip Available for ingress and egress points of the CDN. MD5 and SHA256
Yes Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Yes
tooltip Customers can provide a list regions and/or countries to whitelist and/or blacklist
Yes Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No No
IP white/blacklisting Yes
tooltip Whitelist and/or blacklist IP address. Self-configure.
Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

Support

Customer support QUANTIL CloudFront
Documentation Yes Yes, but not everything is public. API docs are public. Yes Yes, public. API docs
Humans Sortof/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