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Verizon Media versus CloudFront

Easily compare Verizon Media 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 Verizon Media CloudFront
Short profile The Verizon Media Platform is a division of Verizon. In 2013, Verizon acquired EdgeCast's Content Delivery Network (CDN) along with upLynk's video workflow technology to create a next-generation platform. This platform streamlines the streaming video workflow including encoding, SSAI and delivery, plus accelerates and secures websites and content for broadcasters, retailers and enterprises. 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 Verizon Media 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 Available/supported Not available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain 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 Verizon Media CloudFront
North America 14 23
Latin America 11 2
Europe 13 20
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 12 12
China 100 0
Oceania 3 3
Middle-East 2 2
Africa 0 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Verizon Media CloudFront
Minimum contract term Unknown None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown None
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown $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) 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 Verizon Media CloudFront
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Partially Available through Microsoft Azure Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Available/supported A few minutes Partially ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Available/supported Anycasted network (regional) 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, 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 Configure specific other Host header Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Single POP shield or multiple. Full control Not available/supported CloudFront does request collapsing though
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Unknown
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control 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 No longer than 1 min, often much faster Available/supported 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension Partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Available/supported Real-time, with many metrics in the UI Available/supported Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Available/supported < 60 seconds 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 Verizon Media 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 Non-SNI. Pricing is custom. Wildcard possible Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Pricing is custom Available/supported Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Available/supported Included as core feature Available/supported Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Available/supported Included as core feature Available/supported Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Included as core feature Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Extra costs Supported via special configuration Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported Included as core feature Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

Support

Customer support Verizon Media CloudFront
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public Available/supported Yes, public. API docs
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Extra costs Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs