Amazon CloudFront

26 Ratings
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Score 9 out of 101

Limelight Orchestrate Delivery

3 Ratings
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Score 6.5 out of 101

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Amazon CloudFront

It is great if you are serving a lot of static content. If you have pages with lots of images, this is very useful to reduce the number of requests directly to S3.
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Limelight Orchestrate Delivery

Limelight's tech support and their attitude are tremendous. They are always available, willing to assist and quick. They are problem solvers with a can-do attitude.
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Pros

  • First-party integration with S3, EC2, ElasticBeanstalk, etc.
  • Generous free tier for organizations that are just starting to work with CDNs
  • Packaged into existing AWS ecosystem with consolidated billing, support, etc.
  • Incredibly solid and reliable service
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  • We used Limelight Networks (LLNW) for content storage and reporting. They continued to update and improve the platform. Their customer communication approach had evolved over the years to become very good.
  • We webcast live events throughout North America and abroad from multiple locations for multiple clients, simultaneously.
  • We built applications on top of LLNW infrastructure.
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Cons

  • It isn't the cheapest option out there, nor is it the most simple to set up. The likes of Cloudflare may be a better choice for small / simple sites, especially if there isn't any need for other AWS services.
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  • We found the LLNW business model and therefore workflow is not set up for multiple live webcasts. It can be done but it is not cost-effective as compared to competitors.
  • While their contracts evolve to be more competitive, those original customers/supporters are trapped in old un-competitive contracts and sales blames the lawyers for their inability to make changes.
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Alternatives Considered

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 deliver both static and dynamic content, including streaming. CloudFlare is not an actual CDN, but more of a reverse proxy that takes over all of your traffic and then serves cached versions of your content whenever possible and from a nearby location.Amazon CloudFront provides advanced security features and geo restriction. CloudFront is using Super PoP approach, which means much fewer (edge) locations, compared to the thousands that Akamai has around the world. This is why CloudFront costs less than Akamai.
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We have moved our live webcasting and archived hosting away from LLNW. There were some technical hurdles that we could not overcome, even with their technical support. For our business model, LLNW's fee structure was not competitive with others in their space.

We do appreciate them for trying though.
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Return on Investment

  • Running a CDN in front of static (or semi-static) web resources dramatically reduced server-load at a much lower cost. This meant much better scalability when it was introduced.
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  • We built our live and archived webcasting part of our business around the LLNW platform. We built a successful business with the assistance of their tools and network. Management is really working hard to ensure clients are happy and are being assisted by the organization.
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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

Limelight Orchestrate Delivery

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