AWS CloudFront: Quick Way To Get A CDN. Great If You're Already Using AWS Services.
January 25, 2020

AWS CloudFront: Quick Way To Get A CDN. Great If You're Already Using AWS Services.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon CloudFront

Cloudfront is being used to distribute audio and image content to end-users. The end users are medical professionals relying on the content as part of a subscription service to maintain their career skills. To keep the content private and accessible to subscribers only, we implemented token-based security between CloudFront and our web servers.
  • Highly available content delivery.
  • Improved speed of content delivery to end users.
  • The token-based authentication is a little complicated to implement.
  • Overall ease of implementation was a huge benefit.
  • No need to make huge purchases to build out our own CDN.
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.

Do you think Amazon CloudFront delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Amazon CloudFront's feature set?

Yes

Did Amazon CloudFront live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Amazon CloudFront go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Amazon CloudFront again?

Yes

If your content is vital to the product you sell, or if your content IS what you sell, then you need some kind of content delivery network service. You get redundancy at many levels, protecting you from outages. The speed of access to your content for your customers is improved and stabilized. You don't have to pay for all the hardware and technicians to get the infrastructure set up, which is a huge benefit. AWS tech support is very good in case you need assistance in setting up your CloudFront CDN. The best use for CloudFront is also as part of a 100% AWS-based infrastructure. AWS's services all work well together, but sometimes have issues with outside integration. If your content is not a big piece of your money-making operation, you can probably get away with something simpler.