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Attribute Ratings

  • Amazon CloudFront is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Apache HTTP Server is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Amazon CloudFront

91%
13 Ratings
8.4

Apache HTTP Server

84%
21 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Amazon CloudFront

90%
1 Rating

Apache HTTP Server

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.1

Amazon CloudFront

71%
7 Ratings
9.3

Apache HTTP Server

93%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon AWS

Amazon CloudFront is best suited when there is a need of speed in serving static and dynanic web contents of a web application. If the content is already in that edge location, CloudFront delivers it immediately. If the content is not currently in that edge location, CloudFront retrieves it from an Amazon S3 bucket or an HTTP server. Amazon CloudFront is not appropriate in case users can tolerate some delays or servers are present near to the location of user. It also Integrates through the W3 Total Cache plugin. Amazon CloudFront Pricing based on bandwidth usage that's the best part of it.
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Apache

As I mentioned earlier, the Apache HTTP Server has a small disadvantage compared to the competition (NGINX) in terms of performance. If you run websites that really have a lot of visitors, NGINX might be the better alternative.
On the other hand, the Apache HTTP Server is open source and free. Further functionalities can be activated via modules. The documentation is really excellent.
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Pros

Amazon AWS

  • CloudFront, like other CDNs, is a very reliable content delivery network for delivering content like images, videos, HTML, and javascripts that are run on browsers across the world.
  • It provides secure hosting of content at no extra cost. AWS Certification Manager also provides the ability to create and manage custom SSL certificates at no extra cost for our websites.
  • It is secure, which means that it uses AWS Shield for Layer 3/4 DDoS mitigation and AWS WAF for Layer 7 protection. Hence seamlessly integrating with other AWS services. So you do not have to shop outside of AWS ecosystem
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Apache

  • Street Cred: Apache Web Server is the Founder for all of Apache Foundation's other projects. Without the Web Server, Apache Foundation would look very different. That being said, they have done a good job of maintaining the code base, and keeping a lot of what makes Apache so special
  • Stability: Apache is rock-solid. While no software is perfect, Apache can parse your web sources quickly and cleanly.
  • Flexibility: Need to startup your own Webpage? Done. Wordpress? Yup. REST Endpoint? Check. Honeypot? Absolutely.
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Cons

Amazon AWS

  • If price is the main concern, CloudFront is not the cheapest-in-class by a wide margin
  • Some of the settings are not obvious to new users, and the management dashboards could use work
  • Lacks fine-grained access controls and statistical reports for usage
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Apache

  • The default configurations which comes with Apache server needs to get optimized for performance and security with every new installation as these defaults are not recommended to push on the production environment directly.
  • Security options and advanced configurations are not easy to set up and require an additional level of expertise.
  • Admin frontend GUI could be improved to a great extent to match with other enterprise tools available to serve similar requirements.
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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

Apache HTTP Server

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Apache HTTP Server editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    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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    Apache

    No answers on this topic

    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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    Apache

    I give this rating because there is so much Apache documentation and information on the web that you can literally do anything. This has to do with the fact that there is a huge Open Source community that is beyond mature and perhaps one of the most helpful to be found. The only thing that should hold anyone back from anything is that they can not read. RTFM, my friend. And I must say that the manual is excellent.
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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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    Apache

    I has a lot more features, except that IIS is more integrated in a Windows environment. But now with .net core also possible from Apache it would work anywhere really. Only in a full Windows environment where full integration is needed I would chose to go for IIS. Otherwise Apache it is.
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    Return on Investment

    Amazon AWS

    • Our website loads much more quickly in other countries as a result of CloudFront. For example: loading cached assets from CloudFront in Australia is 4x as fast as it would be to load the same assets without CloudFront.
    • Very inexpensive service considering the value it brings.
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    Apache

    • Works as intended, so it's less to worry about.
    • Works great on elastic environments (like EC2).
    • As an Open Source project, you can get support for almost any problem you can have.
    • Configuration files, while powerful, can be tricky to dominate for some.
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