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Attribute Ratings

  • Amazon CloudFront is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Amazon Route 53 is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 are tied in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Amazon CloudFront

92%
17 Ratings
7.9

Amazon Route 53

79%
13 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Amazon CloudFront

90%
1 Rating
9.0

Amazon Route 53

90%
6 Ratings

Support Rating

7.1

Amazon CloudFront

71%
7 Ratings
8.7

Amazon Route 53

87%
8 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon AWS

Amazon CloudFront is the perfect solution for any type of company. If a company is small or medium size, CloudFront offers 1 TB monthly free bandwidth which is more than for any small and medium size companies. If we compare the speed of CloudFront with other CDN, CloudFront is way ahead of their competitors and with 1 TB free bandwidth. If someone is ready to invest time in CloudFront documentation then he/she definitely go for it.
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Amazon AWS

Amazon Route 53 is well suited if:
1. You seek to create a simple website fast.
2. The site would be able to host HTML5 content and static content attach a domain name.
3. Have simple and accessible management.
Scenarios where Amazon Route 53 is less appropriate:
1. If a website needs HTTPS.
2. If you need to have extensive logging and tracing on the website.
3. If a website is designed to host dynamic content.
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Pros

Amazon AWS

  • if a website’s static data are based in New York City, people in Boston will get the content faster than people in San Francisco or Tokyo. The farther away customers are from a company’s data center, the slower the website or application loads. This problem can be fixed with a content delivery network like Amazon CloudFront
  • When a visitor requests a file from your website, Amazon CloudFront automatically sends the request to a copy of the file at the nearest edge location. This results in faster download times.
  • You may have great hosting but it doesn’t have the capacity or scalability offered by Google, Microsoft or Yahoo. The better CDNs like Amazon CloudFront offer higher availability, lower network latency and lower packet loss.
  • Amazon CloudFront provides 24/7 email and phone support
  • Amazon CloudFront Free Tier allows you to free up to 50 GB of data transfer and 2,000,000 HTTP and HTTPS requests / month for one year.
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Amazon AWS

  • We can purchase our domain through Route 53 and can be hosted for cheaper prices in AWS.
  • There are many number of routing policies you can go ahead with and this will come into picture when the customer satisfaction is required at most, so choose routing policy accordingly.
  • As usual health checks are part of DNS systems, this is also provided at cheaper rates when total process is done in Route 53 service.
  • It can be used as standalone application from AWS
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Cons

Amazon AWS

  • Kinda of costlier when compared to rivals providing the same service
  • The setup of Distribution is kinda little complicated, need good exposure before setting up the service
  • Sometimes we can go with S3 Delivery service rather than Cloudfront if the website is providing static content and its way cheaper
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Amazon AWS

  • Price, it is not expensive ... but you can find some cheaper and even free DNS solutions.
  • If you use non-AWS infrastructure, Route 53 doesn't have significant advantages on other services.
  • AWS Route 53 does not support forwarding or conditional forwarding options for domains used on an on-premise network.
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudFront

Starting Price

$0.02

Editions & Modules

Amazon CloudFront editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
First 10TB$0.091
Next 40TB$0.082
Next 100TB$0.063
Next 350TB$0.044
Next 524TB$0.035
Next 4PB$0.036
Over 5PB$0.027

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Amazon Route 53

Starting Price

$0.4 Per Zone Per Month

Editions & Modules

Amazon Route 53 editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Standard$0.401
Queries$0.602

Footnotes

  1. Per Zone Per Month
  2. Per Million Queries

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Usability

Amazon AWS

Easy way to integrate a CDN within the AWS infrastructure. It allows further customization based on company needs.
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Amazon AWS

Like most AWS services the usability of the product is pretty good. The AWS console provides a single interface from where all the configurations can be done in a jiffy. Having said that for new users who are coming from traditional hosting services might feel a bit out of place.
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Support Rating

Amazon AWS

CloudFront is a good CDN solution. It can be a bit complicated to implement depending on your needs, but AWS tech support is great. You get to avoid a ton of upfront costs by going with CloudFront. It works best in conjunction with other AWS services in your infrastructure. Once you set it up, you won't need to do much to maintain it. It just works.
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Amazon AWS

The product is simple enough that the docs and the UI stand on their own. Its one of the least confusing (/most intuitive) AWS products. As with all Amazon products, don't expect strong email or human support-- you're going to be using their documentation. If you need a human to guide you through the DNS process, you should consider a tool like CloudFlare or NameCheap; if you're a developer, Route53 is where you want to be.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon AWS

Amazon has always been creative and leading, and I have been using its services for years. They are very reassuring and have fast and responsive support--you can call them from any time zone to respond quickly. High security on servers, open hands on changes, and increasing and decreasing server resources and features.
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Amazon AWS

When working with AWS, Route 53 is hands down the better solution. If you live in GCP, then Google Cloud DNS is the way to go. GoDaddy is more of a consumer-facing product and is perfectly fine when Services are not being utilized in any Cloud Environment. Eventually, all of our DNS ends up in AWS or GCP...
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Return on Investment

Amazon AWS

  • RoI for using CloudFront is immense. You can use it for all your certificate management and static asset management of your websites using CloudFront.
  • It is as good or better than any other CDN provider with multi-region support across the world using AWS regions.
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Amazon AWS

  • Route 53 has saved me a lot of time with managing DNS for clients' domains.
  • Route 53 does things that normal registrar DNS can't, allowing us to better serve customers.
  • Route 53 helps us avoid downtime on our websites quite regularly.
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