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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 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

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

Network

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

Pricing

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

Features

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

Support

Customer support StackPath CloudFront
Documentation Yes Yes, public Yes Yes, public. API docs
Humans Yes 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