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CloudFront is the content delivery network (CDN) from Amazon Web Services.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/x0/vJ/J85ME6WTCQ9C.pngCloudFront for the win!We are currently using it as our asset server sitting on top of S3. This addresses the problem of S3 being repeatedly hit when serving an asset, and can instead serve a cached version.,Reduces requests to S3 Easy integration into our platform Easy scalability to add more servers,I'd like the ability to update a cached location by just appending an action to the end of the url to bust the cache. For example http://foo.bar/f9asjdf9jasdf90adfa/update,10,Occasionally a generated image will fail, and we need to manually bust the cache in order for the fixed image to surface, but overall it has been an asset to the company.,CloudFlare,Heroku, SendGrid Marketing Email, ZendeskAmazon CloudFront ReviewAmazon CloudFront is a great CDN choice for applications that are already deployed to the Amazon/AWS stack. The value potential there is clear: first-party support with S3, EC2, etc. As a result, for customers that are already invested in the AWS ecosystem, using CloudFront is a logical choice. We use it across our own organization, and it fits into the CDN use case for most customers with AWS deployments. Like any CDN, CloudFront helps offload repetitive work from your main application logic, and, depending on how you configure it, can greatly speed up content downloads for end users.,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,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,9,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),,Cloudflare Content Delivery Network, Azure CDN, AkamaiAmazon CloudFront: Best, reliable, fast and a cost effective CDNAmazon CloudFront boosted the loading speed of landing page of our application by 10 times. I use Amazon cloud front to load static css, javascript and images on landing page of our application. It is being used across the whole organization to solve the problem of assets caching. Amazon CloudFront primarily speeds up distribution of your static and dynamic web content by delivering the the content to through worldwide edge locations. Amazon CloudFront delivers data from the nearest edge location that provides the lowest latency and thus provide high speed data transfer for best permanence. Amazon CloudFront is my best choice among other CDN as it provides increased reliability and availability of files because copies of files are held in multiple edge locations around the world.,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.,Amazon CloudFront can improve the security of the files that are being delivered from edge locations. Amazon CloudFront should increase the number of edge location around the world for high data availability you will probably get better performance and price of Amazon CloudFront when you are hosting your web servers in EC2,10,Amazon CloudFront improves sales of business by providing high speed data transfer from nearest edge locations Amazon CloudFront Supports dynamic content, not just static media. Amazon CloudFront provides cache statistics reports, popular objects report, monitoring and alarming, usage charts, and more.,CloudFlare and MaxCDN,Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Redis Cloud, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Heroku, Apache Solr, Logentries, New Relic APM, DigitalOceanGreat CDN with lots of extrasI've used CloudFront in a number of different scenarios. Firstly as a standard Content Delivery Network, used as a edge-cache in front of the likes of S3. I've also used it in front of more dynamic services, allowing to amalgamate multiple services or behaviours under a single domain/cache. Finally I've also used it in conjunction with Lambda@Edge allowing for quite complex behaviours to take place, such as dynamically resizing images on the fly.,Solid CDN services, does what it says on the tin Lots of configuration options, which allow for different setups and pricing strategies Lambda@Edge integration allows for really quite complex behaviours to be executed in the cloud at the edge node itself. This means there are a huge amount of possibilities for shaping and altering traffic close to the viewer. Simple integration to other AWS services (e.g. S3),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.,9,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.,Cloudflare Content Delivery NetworkCloudFront is low cost and high impact!I use CloudFront to cache my frequently accessed static assets in a wide variety of geographic locations in order decrease the load-time of my web application. This helps contribute to a positive user experience, while also helping mitigate the effects of unpredictable hosting outages.,Integrates seamlessly with Amazon Web Service's asset storage solution (S3). If you've already committed to the AWS ecosystem, this synergism is one of the perks. Easily allows for serving assets from custom domains. Fine-grain control over caching logic and response headers. It's a simple, but very powerful interface.,It would be appreciated if there were more inline documentation regarding what some of the charts and menu options do. As this was my first time using a Content-Delivery Network, decreasing my need to do research elsewhere would be appreciated.,10,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.,Amazon Simple Email Service
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August 28, 2018

Amazon CloudFront Review: "CloudFront for the win!"

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We are currently using it as our asset server sitting on top of S3. This addresses the problem of S3 being repeatedly hit when serving an asset, and can instead serve a cached version.
  • Reduces requests to S3
  • Easy integration into our platform
  • Easy scalability to add more servers
  • I'd like the ability to update a cached location by just appending an action to the end of the url to bust the cache. For example http://foo.bar/f9asjdf9jasdf90adfa/update
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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May 07, 2018

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Amazon CloudFront is a great CDN choice for applications that are already deployed to the Amazon/AWS stack. The value potential there is clear: first-party support with S3, EC2, etc. As a result, for customers that are already invested in the AWS ecosystem, using CloudFront is a logical choice. We use it across our own organization, and it fits into the CDN use case for most customers with AWS deployments. Like any CDN, CloudFront helps offload repetitive work from your main application logic, and, depending on how you configure it, can greatly speed up content downloads for end users.
  • 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
  • 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
Amazon CloudFront shines as an addition to an organization that's already invested in the Amazon stack, and would rather pay a bit more for the ease of having all their services covered by a single provider. It shines less where cost is the central concern, or more advanced analytics are needed at edge sites.
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December 27, 2017

Review: "Amazon CloudFront: Best, reliable, fast and a cost effective CDN"

Score 10 out of 10
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Amazon CloudFront boosted the loading speed of landing page of our application by 10 times. I use Amazon cloud front to load static css, javascript and images on landing page of our application. It is being used across the whole organization to solve the problem of assets caching. Amazon CloudFront primarily speeds up distribution of your static and dynamic web content by delivering the the content to through worldwide edge locations. Amazon CloudFront delivers data from the nearest edge location that provides the lowest latency and thus provide high speed data transfer for best permanence. Amazon CloudFront is my best choice among other CDN as it provides increased reliability and availability of files because copies of files are held in multiple edge locations around the world.
  • 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.
  • Amazon CloudFront can improve the security of the files that are being delivered from edge locations.
  • Amazon CloudFront should increase the number of edge location around the world for high data availability
  • you will probably get better performance and price of Amazon CloudFront when you are hosting your web servers in EC2
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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March 24, 2018

Amazon CloudFront Review: "Great CDN with lots of extras"

Score 9 out of 10
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I've used CloudFront in a number of different scenarios. Firstly as a standard Content Delivery Network, used as a edge-cache in front of the likes of S3. I've also used it in front of more dynamic services, allowing to amalgamate multiple services or behaviours under a single domain/cache. Finally I've also used it in conjunction with Lambda@Edge allowing for quite complex behaviours to take place, such as dynamically resizing images on the fly.
  • Solid CDN services, does what it says on the tin
  • Lots of configuration options, which allow for different setups and pricing strategies
  • Lambda@Edge integration allows for really quite complex behaviours to be executed in the cloud at the edge node itself. This means there are a huge amount of possibilities for shaping and altering traffic close to the viewer.
  • Simple integration to other AWS services (e.g. S3)
  • 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.
If you've already got plenty of AWS services, CloudFront is an obvious choice. It integrates seamlessly with other AWS infrastructure, and can be managed via CloudFormation as part of your wider Infrastructure as Code. Whilst it is slightly more complex than some of the competition to set up, it does have a large number of options and is very configurable.

If you want to do just the very basic CDN at the minimum of cost on a small website (e.g. personal blog), its perhaps not the best choice. However, I personally made the decision to use CloudFront anyway, even though it was a little more than the competition, purely for the convenience factor as I was using Route 53 anyway and it gives me plenty of future options should I wish to make it more complex later on.
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March 28, 2018

Amazon CloudFront Review: "CloudFront is low cost and high impact!"

Score 10 out of 10
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I use CloudFront to cache my frequently accessed static assets in a wide variety of geographic locations in order decrease the load-time of my web application. This helps contribute to a positive user experience, while also helping mitigate the effects of unpredictable hosting outages.
  • Integrates seamlessly with Amazon Web Service's asset storage solution (S3). If you've already committed to the AWS ecosystem, this synergism is one of the perks.
  • Easily allows for serving assets from custom domains.
  • Fine-grain control over caching logic and response headers. It's a simple, but very powerful interface.
  • It would be appreciated if there were more inline documentation regarding what some of the charts and menu options do. As this was my first time using a Content-Delivery Network, decreasing my need to do research elsewhere would be appreciated.
If your website or web application has an international userbase it is important to use CloudFront to decrease the distance between your users and the assets that comprise your website or web application. If all of your users are located within a short distance of where you website is hosted, CloudFront will likely have little impact and is less appropriate.
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