Amazon CloudFront

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Not to be confused with CloudFlare.
Amazon CloudFront
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Amazon CloudFront Streaming Logo
Type of site
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
Available in Multilingual
Owner Amazon.com
Website aws.amazon.com/cloudfront
Registration Required
Launched November 18, 2008; 8 years ago (2008-11-18)

Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN) offered by Amazon Web Services. Content delivery networks provide a globally-distributed network of proxy servers which cache content, such as web videos or other bulky media, more locally to consumers, thus improving access speed for downloading this content.

CloudFront has servers located in Europe (United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain), Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and India), Australia, South America, as well as in several major cities in the United States. The service operates from 63 edge locations on five continents.[1]

CloudFront operates on a pay-as-you-go basis.

CloudFront competes with larger content delivery networks such as Akamai and Limelight Networks. Upon launch, Larry Dignan of ZDNet News stated that CloudFront could cause price and margin reductions from competing CDNs.[2]

Timeline[edit]

  • November 18, 2008 – Beta launch of CloudFront
  • January 28, 2009 – Amazon reduces pricing tiers
  • May 7, 2009 – Adds access logging capability
  • November 11, 2009 – Adds support for private content
  • December 15, 2009 – Announced Amazon CloudFront Streaming
  • March 28, 2010 – Amazon launches edge locations in Singapore and adds private content for streaming

Use cases[edit]

  • Website acceleration
  • Video streaming
  • Content download
  • Static or dynamic content

Logs[edit]

CloudFront allows users to enable or disable logging. If enabled, the logs are stored on Amazon S3 buckets which can then be analyzed. This logs contain useful information like,

  • Date / time
  • Edge location
  • Protocol used etc.

These logs can be analyzed by using third-party tools such as S3Stat, Cloudlytics, Qloudstat, or AWS Stats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon CloudFront Product Details". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Larry Dignan (November 18, 2008). "Amazon launches CloudFront; Content delivery network margins go kaboom". Between the Lines. ZDNet. 

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