CloudFront CDN from AWS
February 23, 2019

CloudFront CDN from AWS

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Amazon CloudFront

My organization is a heavy user of AWS. As part of that, we also use CloudFront as our CDN for all our front end applications for static content and videos hosted on our websites. CloudFront works seamlessly with other AWS services like EC2, Lambda etc. It also has deep integration with load balancers and routers like ELB, Route 53. It is also a highly secure CDN at the network and application level.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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. Developers also benefit from tight integration with other Amazon Web Services.
Well suited for the following scenarios:
- hosting static content for your websites.
- hosting videos and images to be shown on the website.
- integrating and managing custom SSL certificates.
- integrating with AWS WAF and Route 53.
Less suited to storing large files. You should use AWS S3.