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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

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Product Verizon Media CloudFront
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Network Yes Dynamic Content Delivery
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Network Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Network Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Live Events Yes Streaming Media
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Encode Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Yes Dynamic Imaging No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes 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 Yes AWS Shield
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Sortof/partially Edge Compute
tooltip Rules and Lua scripting
Yes Lambda@Edge

Network

Region Verizon Media CloudFront
North America 16 24
Latin America 13 5
Europe 15 26
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 12 14
China 100 4
Oceania 3 3
Middle-East 3 4
Africa 1 3

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

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Web acceleration Verizon Media CloudFront
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Sortof/partially Available through Microsoft Azure Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes A few minutes Sortof/partially ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Yes Anycasted network (regional) 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 Configure specific other Host header Sortof/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 No CloudFront does request collapsing though
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage No
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Unknown
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control 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 No longer than 1 min, often much faster Yes 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Yes Real-time, with many metrics in the UI Yes Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Yes < 60 seconds 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 Verizon Media 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 Non-SNI. Pricing is custom. Wildcard possible No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Pricing is custom Yes Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Yes Included as core feature Yes Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Yes Included as core feature Yes Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes 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 No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Included as core feature Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

Support

Customer support Verizon Media CloudFront
Documentation Yes Yes, public Yes Yes, public. API docs
Humans Yes 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