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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudFront

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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CloudFlare

Great for small, simple sites with few non-standard situations. Good for WordPress and other CMS/Frameworks that have a pre-built plugin. Otherwise, you may need some expertise or assistance to configure and troubleshoot your particular situation. The more dynamic the site in terms of backend interaction, the more chance for these types of situations. Also, watch out for server firewalls which can block CloudFlare's IPs and cause problems. Ideally, you'll need access to update these settings or a responsive and helpful hosting support.
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Pros

Amazon CloudFront

  • 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

  • Caching
  • Redundancy
  • SSL
  • DNS Management
  • CDN
  • Security
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Cons

Amazon CloudFront

  • I cannot think of a lot of examples where CloudFront could be improved. One thing could be an enhanced integration with its CI/CD services like Code Deploy and Code Pipeline. Currently, we use Code Pipeline to build static content and push to S3 and then push to CloudFront.
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CloudFlare

  • There is a bug when Free CloudFlare accounts coming from a cPanel host who have the CloudFlare plugin installed attempt to sign up for an account with CloudFlare directly.
  • They could/should reward their partners for paid accounts upgrades or free accounts which have converted to paid. Monetarily is one way, but it does not necessarily have to be money. Mentions and co-branding or other marketing would be nice as well.
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Alternatives Considered

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 suggest a lower-cost CDN for use cases where the cost of bandwidth is of top importance, but these cases tend to be unusual.
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CloudFlare

1. It's very cost effective if compared with other cloud CDN.2.It's Easier to manage multiple domains from a single CloudFlare account.3.SSL is very cheap.4.There are many features for optimizing website that we wont get with other provider.5. Very easy to do everything and many detailed steps and help is provided upfront.
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Return on Investment

Amazon CloudFront

  • Reduces the load of main application servers, meaning fewer active resources in use on EC2, ElasticBeanstalk, etc, saving money
  • Greatly speeds up page loads for users, when configured correctly (like any CDN)
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CloudFlare

  • CloudFlare is an extra fast and reliable service. It keeps my business up which in turn keeps orders rolling in.
  • CloudFlare hides my IP addresses and has helped reduce DDoS attacks against our company.
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudFront

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

CloudFlare

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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