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StackPath versus CloudFront

Easily compare StackPath 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 StackPath CloudFront
Short profile StackPath launched in 2016 and is built on top of the Highwinds and MaxCDN platforms. StackPath 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. 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 StackPath CloudFront
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Partially 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) Partially Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Not available/supported Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Partially 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 Not available/supported Not available/supported

Network

Region StackPath CloudFront
North America 10 18
Latin America 1 2
Europe 7 13
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 3 10
China 0 0
Oceania 1 2
Middle-East 0 0
Africa 0 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration StackPath CloudFront
Minimum contract term One month None
Minimum monthly costs $20 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 Unknown $0.02 - $0.16 per GB (free is origin is AWS)
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.06 per GB $0.085 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.06 per GB $0.14 per GB (India: $0.17)
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.06 per GB $0.25 per GB

Features

Web acceleration StackPath CloudFront
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Available/supported Instant! Partially ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Not available/supported 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 Resend from origin or compress on edge 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 HTTP and HTTPS 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 Available/supported Not available/supported CloudFront does request collapsing though
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Available/supported Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control with EdgeRules Unknown
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control with EdgeRules Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Available/supported No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant! Available/supported 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all Partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Available/supported Real-time! Available/supported Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Available/supported Only for larger volume plans Partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection StackPath CloudFront
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free. SNI Available/supported Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Available/supported Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Available/supported Free. SNI Available/supported Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Available/supported Available/supported Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Available/supported 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 Available/supported Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

Support

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