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Highlights

Amazon CloudFront and Cloudflare are both content delivery networks. Cloudflare is a comprehensive product that includes DDoS protection and web firewall along with a CDN. CloudFront is the CDN portion of Amazon Web Services, and works as an add-on for those who already use AWS. As a single product with many features, Cloudflare is most popular with smaller businesses looking for a single solution for all their website security and performance needs, while Amazon CloudFront is favored by large businesses that need multiple, fully-featured products that work together. 

Features

Though Amazon CloudFront and Cloudflare have similar offerings, there are some significant differences between them. 

CloudFront is an umbrella product that, depending on your pricing tier, includes DDoS attack mitigation, web firewall, mobile optimization, cache analysis and more, in addition to its CDN which is a standard feature at every tier. Each pricing tier includes guaranteed support via chat or email, and the free tier is robust enough that many small businesses never have to move to a paid plan. The DNS manager makes it fast and simple to move websites to different nameservers.

Amazon CloudFront is the CDN portion of Amazon Web Services. Businesses who already use other parts of AWS find that CloudFront integrates seamlessly with their other AWS services. Like Cloudflare, CloudFront has a free tier, but CloudFront pricing tiers are separated by usage, not services offered. Those with relatively low usage on their sites may find this pricing structure to their liking.  

Limitations

Both products have drawbacks that are unique to them.

Cloudflare can cache aggressively, leaving users confused as to why no new content is available.Additionally, support at the free tier is hit or miss, and the user interface is a bit clunky. 

Amazon CloudFront works well for large businesses that already use AWS, but for small businesses without AWS it may not make sense to commit to several different services under the AWS umbrella when one will suffice. Additionally, usage-based pricing may result in a large bill when there is an unexpected traffic spike. CloudFront can be difficult to set up and use for folks who are new to CDN. 

Pricing

As mentioned above, Cloudflare and CloudFront are priced quite differently. Cloudflare’s pricing is service based: above the free tier they have Pro at $20 per month and Business at $200 per month, and the Enterprise tier is custom priced. CloudFront has a free tier, and pricing above that tier is based on usage. They also offer custom bundled pricing for customers who are willing to make certain minimum traffic commitments. 

Community Pulse

Reviewers Who Considered Both Products

Amazon CloudFront

Chose Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront free Tier allows up to 50 GB of data transfer per month which is not there in any of the above. Amazon CloudFront provides detailed reporting around the most frequently used objects, monitoring and usage charts. Amazon CloudFront is suitable to help you …

Chose Amazon CloudFront

CloudFlare is another great CDN service. It comes with a lot of things set up of the box for you, and gives you a basic and reasonable set up straight away. It also has a free-tier for smaller sites. CloudFlare doesn't quite have the same level of configurability, however. …

Chose Amazon CloudFront

Cloudfront is one of the oldest CDN with presence in a lot of locations. This really helps in making the content load faster in all the locations globally. Other products have also caught up with this but still AWS has a lot of other services which can be connected with the CDN …

Chose Amazon CloudFront

We use a great set of AWS features and it was easy to implement Amazon CloudFront. It fulfills our needs, and the learning curve was not difficult given the AWS configuration we already have.

Chose Amazon CloudFront

If you are using other AWS services, then no other CDN can compete with AWS CloudFront. Its integration with WAF, Route53, ACM allow it to provide a whole ecosystem for building websites and using a CDN. It gives developers access to inexpensive, pay-as-you-go pricing. …

Chose Amazon CloudFront

We ended up selecting CloudFront because we were already using an Amazon stack. To be honest, since we were already in the ecosystem there was little reason to deviate once we saw pricing was comparable.

Chose Amazon CloudFront

We went with CloudFront primarily because we have all of our other services with Amazon already. We are using EC2, S3, Elastic Beanstalk, and are very familiar with the interface. It did not disappoint.

Chose Amazon CloudFront

CloudFront is well-suited for a particular use case with its native tie-ins to other Amazon/AWS services, like S3. If choosing from a platform-specific CDN, we tend to go with whichever CDN is available for use on that platform (e.g. Google or Azure). In rare cases we might …

Cloudflare

Chose Cloudflare

Amazon CloudFront is a higher level CDN. It can require a bit more expertise and take some extra time to get working, but can provide better performance results. It can replace some of CloudFlare's functionality or be integrated with it. We often use CloudFlare for smaller …

Chose Cloudflare

Compared to Fastly and Amazon CloudFront, CloudFlare blows away the competition. It is incredible how much CloudFlare offers for free compared to these other solutions. With Fastly, expect a minimum bill of $50 per month, if not $X00 for decently trafficked sites. AWS …

Chose Cloudflare

Compared to CloudFront, CloudFlare provides a great deal of value beyond simply being a content delivery network (CDN). We have found ourselves in some cases using Amazon CloudFront in combination with CloudFlare because we might have a bunch of assets stored in Amazon S3 which …

Chose Cloudflare

It has been over six years since we started using Cloudflare. After using KeyCDN for just about a year, we think that it's not a bad CDN, but Cloudflare stands out because it offers so many other services simultaneously. There's not been a single domain that we purchased and …

Chose Cloudflare

Cloudflare is notably simpler and cheaper as compared to CloudFront. If we also consider the corresponding edge compute mechanism, CloudFront has more complexity in maintaining it. For instance, in order to maintain our A/B test stack on CloudFront, we need to maintain three …

Chose Cloudflare

Cost-efficient and easy to use. Developer-friendly, unlike Fastly which is very complex to use. Several products combined in the same offering making it a single tool to solve several problems like CDN, Image Management, DDOS Prevention, Smart Network Routing.

Chose Cloudflare

Cloud flare is very easy to setup and use. It does come along with multiple security features which makes it to stand out of the crowd.
The pricing is well suited for our usage.

Chose Cloudflare

Cloudflare proved to be the winning choice over its competitors because it was the only solution that's so complete. The other solutions we analyzed were convincing for the caching/CDN aspect but had gaps in other aspects such as security or DDoS protection. Cloudflare also …

Chose Cloudflare

Cloudflare was 4x cheaper to use as our image CDN over Cloudfront for the same content in our AWS S3 bucket.

Chose Cloudflare

We use CloudFront in combination with Cloudflare on some of our sites where the content is stored on AWS servers. It works well together as long as the records are set up properly. Ultimately we use Cloudflare as an easier solution to integrate with and one that is bulletproof …

Chose Cloudflare

Cloudflare is a full DNS and load balancing system. AWS CloudFront handles load balancing and DDoS prevention, but on its own requires other services to handle DNS and various other features that are baked directly into Cloudflare. If you're hosting on AWS already, using the …

Chose Cloudflare

We used to use Cloud front as our CDN but the pricing was leagues higher than Cloudflare's. Similar reliability and ease of use.

Chose Cloudflare

Cloudflare and CloudFront are both great tools. I would recommend Cloudflare for sites that are not hosted on Amazon, and CloudFront for sites using Amazon Web Services.

The pricing and features are comparable. Overall, Cloudflare's free tier offers more services, which gives …

Chose Cloudflare

CloudFlare shines in a situation where you need a low-cost solution that can be un-integrated with other aspects of your deployment. For websites that have larger DDoS risk, their DDoS solutions are also attractive. Up-market, their enterprise offerings are on par with services …

Attribute Ratings

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

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Amazon CloudFront

92%
17 Ratings
9.2

Cloudflare

92%
91 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon CloudFront

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Cloudflare

100%
1 Rating

Usability

9.0

Amazon CloudFront

90%
1 Rating
8.6

Cloudflare

86%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.1

Amazon CloudFront

71%
7 Ratings
8.5

Cloudflare

85%
69 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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Cloudflare

If a small business is looking for Object Storage, they should consider Cloudflare's R2 storage with which there are practically zero fees associated. Other cloud object storage services like AWS S3 can add up costs pretty fast as the egress fees are high. Apart from this, Cloudflare is still the best DNS resolver hands down. Its DDoS attack protection is at par with the best services out there. Being one of the most popular CDN right now, they also have a big network of servers strategically placed around the world. However, I do believe there are better, more premium services out there that offer more bespoke solutions for bigger enterprises and Cloudflare might not be the best solution for their needs.
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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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Cloudflare

  • When you need a FREE and EASY TO SETUP SSL certificate on your page (if you don't have the locked locker icon when opening your page, you need it)
  • When you want to obfuscate your webpage's IP (any connection will give the Cloudflare's IP)
  • You need to speed up the connection for static content (it will not help database connections or dynamic content)
  • IF your DNS isn't good (Cloudflare's DNS is amazing, quick, easy, and works pretty well)
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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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Cloudflare

  • Some features require a bit of hand holding to deploy correctly. While the documentation is good, it could provide more examples to cover additional use cases.
  • Telephone support for enterprise customers is for emergencies only, but sometimes phone conversations are better for providing clarity.
  • Enterprise lite customers can't purchase all options available to total enterprise customers. Still, many of those additional features cost additional, so upgrading to the full enterprise means an increase in base plus the additional feature (bot management is a great example). Enterprise lite customers should be able to add these services on as well but without an increase in base.
  • It's difficult to add new services to enterprise plans. It would be ideal if customers could purchase/upgrade online and sign an order insertion digitally from the site instead of having to go through customer success.
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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

Cloudflare

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

Cloudflare editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
FreeFree1
Pro202
Business2003
EnterpriseContact sales team4

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Pricing Info

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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Cloudflare

While there are some parts of the service that can be tricky to implement if you have a very custom site, like holepunching for cache, for the most part, the service works very well out of the box and is easy to use
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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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Cloudflare

Support is responsive and available. One factor which probably should be addressed for enterprise customers – sometimes, some of the engineers take more time to comprehend the exact nature of the issue. A few of the issues which require a deep understanding of the Cloudflare stack and of the internet, in general, don't get fast resolution.
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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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Cloudflare

I've used Cloudflare almost since the beginning, 8+ years. I don't have any experience with other platforms as Cloudflare is simple, easy, and cost-effective. Cloudflare offers tremendous value in its free plan. The vast majority of our clients are on the free plan but for some larger clients who require more advanced features, Cloudflare is still extremely affordable for the feature sets it delivers in its advanced offerings.
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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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Cloudflare

  • Uptime: With Cloudflare's website protection, we have avoided panic-inducing outages and downtime.
  • Reduced hosting load: Cloudflare's CDN allows us to use smaller servers and greatly diminish bandwidth usage.
  • Reduced domain renewal cost: Most of our domains could be transferred to Cloudflare, where domain renewals are as cheap as possible.
  • Increased total website cost: All of Cloudflare's features aren't free, and they increase our monthly overall website cost. The protection and other features are helpful, just not free.
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