About Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront helps businesses delivery their content over a secure and distributed network. In addition to increasing the speed and quality of delivered items, it also increases security of the application, allowing for protection against network attacks. Amazon CloudFront is completely compliant with all government regulations and reports can be easily generated to monitor metrics....

Amazon CloudFront Pricing

Amazon CloudFront is available for free and on on-demand pricing starting at $0.085/month (First 10TB).

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Amazon CloudFront Reviews

Overall Rating

4.56

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

4

Customer Support

3.5

Value for money

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Showing 9 reviews

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Jb

Verified reviewer

Company size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

5

July 2022

Amazon Cloudfront is an instantly scalable content delivery network

Pros

Instantly helps achieve scalability to deliver millions of videos, images and other static content without setting up your own content network or buying into expensive solutions. Cloudfront's edge delivery capabilities makes the entire content experience super fast for all clients. Encryption and storage management comes out of the box with right infrastructure and cloud setup.

Cons

Cloudfront can use better, simpler documentation. It's also missing more out of the box solutions, for ex. how to setup and a on-demand-video delivery setup or templates for its cloud deployment. There are templates available in AWS China but no within US, it's missing english documentation. With SDK, there can be more default integrations with established CMS systems like JamStack to simplify development experience.

Omer

Verified reviewer

Company size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

November 2022

CDN for static websites and media

Most of my usage of CloudFront was coupled with AWS CloudFormation. This meant I was able to quickly use sample stacks to deploy and test my infrastructure. I was also able to use the same stack to deploy to multiple environments (dev, staging, production).

Pros

Easy to use, fast, reliable, cheap. CloudFront is a great CDN for static websites and media. It's easy to use and configure. It's fast and reliable. It's also cheap. I have used it for a few years and I only had minor issues with it. It makes serving static (cache-able) content very easy. It's also very easy to integrate with other AWS services such as S3, Route53, and Lambda Edge to customize the behavior of the CDN. Security best practices are builtin and usage with AWS IAC tool (CloudFormation) was a delight. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to serve static content from AWS.

Cons

CloudFront itself is a global service, however, Lambda Edge which integrates with CloudFront can only be deployed on a specific AWS region (North Virginia). This means you will be forced to deploy parts of your infrastructure in that region. This is not always (allowed) by certain companies policies.

Reasons for choosing Amazon CloudFront

Flexibility and Security are better with Cloudfront.

Reasons for switching to Amazon CloudFront

Flexibility and Security are better with Cloudfront.

Anonymous

Company size: 10,000+ employees

Time used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

EASE OF USE

3

VALUE FOR MONEY

3

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

2

FUNCTIONALITY

3

April 2022

The AWS solution for CDN and with other uses as well

It's okay. It often looks like the grass is greener for companies and products who focus specifically on CDN services, but in general it's nice to work within one ecosystem.

Pros

With CloudFront we were able to correct incorrect response headers from sources such as s3 buckets, api gateways, and lambdas that were returning valid results but invalid response headers. This helped us fix some SEO issues. Additionally since it is a CDN it helps deliver our content faster and more reliably.

Cons

This software can make debugging more difficult. In general I do not like how AWS handles logging. I also dislike that other AWS services initially returned errors that necessitated the use of a CloudFront to correct incorrect headers.

Reasons for choosing Amazon CloudFront

We chose CloudFront over other CDN providers because we had a blanket approval for all AWS services. Using other services would have required a review process from the University's legal team. Also, in some situations it was preferable to keep all services as closely bound as possible.

Isak

Company size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

5

September 2022

Affordable CDN easily integrated with other AWS services

Pros

Seamless and scalable setup for bringing lambda functions to the edge.

Cons

As with other AWS services - the UI feels a bit convoluted and requires some time getting used to.

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Gianluigi

Verified reviewer

Company size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

EASE OF USE

3

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

FUNCTIONALITY

3

July 2022

An almost complete CDN at a really chea price

We need a CDN to deliver large and static files and execute some logic before send the response. The logic is contained inside a Lambda function which calculate the resource to send back to the requester using a mapping file.

Pros

You pay only bandwith costs, so it's really unexpensive for us. Statistics are really usefull and quite complete. Integration with Lambda is a really powerfull tool to execute complicated logic before sending a response.

Cons

Setting up can be a quite difficult and the documentation is not really clear sometime.

Reasons for choosing Amazon CloudFront

Integration with other AWS services such as Lambda.

Anonymous

Company size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

EASE OF USE

1

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

1

FUNCTIONALITY

5

May 2021

Such a great platform which is not so easy to use

A great infrastructure and a platform with great performance that can definitely be improved in terms of accessibility and overall customer support

Pros

I love their network and the functionality they have to offer great service, the performance has never let me down and I must say they are one of the top providers in the category.

Cons

It's not easy to set up at all. There are so many pitfalls while settings things up that a small mistake can set you back by hours of your time. A very dated interface for their platform leaves you guessing most of the time on how to achieve simple things. Be ready for a ton of tech jargon that you are definitely not going to understand if you are new to this. Customer support for some plans is non-existent and for other plans, it is not so accessible. The pricing is not so transparent as it at times it can leave you guessing what the actual price you would be charged after adding up everything.

Kunal

Company size: 1 employee

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

3

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

5

June 2021

Rock Solid CDN Performance with Good Cache Hit Ratios

Pros

1) Easy to implement for a WordPress blog. 2) Good speed. 3) Ample of features. 4) Easy to integrate with other AWS products. 5) More than 200 points of presence across the globe. 6) AWS Shield Standard is available to all customers at not additional cost and is always on to protect your Amazon infra from Layer 3 and 4 attacks. 7) Discounts are available when you commit to minimum 10TB/month. 8) Save costs by selecting Amazon Price Class 200 which serves content from all locations except South America and Australia instead of Price Class All which serves from all location globally. Price Class 100 is the cheapest among all as it serves content only from US and Europe. 9) Regional caches so less requests to origin. 10) Restrict access to authenticated people with Token Authentication. 11) With Geo Restriction prevent people in certain regions to access your content. 12) Origin Shield creates a cache copy at a central location which saves your server during traffic spikes. 13) If one origin fails another can be enabled.

Cons

1) Little pricy but one gets good performance. 2) Customer support not for all. Pay extra. 3) Complicated pricing. 4) Pay extra for Amazon Shield Advanced. 5) Pay extra for Web Application Firewall.

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Pawe

Verified reviewer

Company size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

EASE OF USE

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

August 2022

CloudFront as CDN for medium scale application

Fantastic!

Pros

I thoroughly enjoyed working with CloudFront. It was used in order to shorten the delivery time of static content in our web application (Video, Images). By using CloudFront we managed to decrease the delivery time via network by more than 300%. It is very easy to configure and does not many maintenance processes.

Cons

To be honest, I did not find cons about this Software - the only disadvantage are raising costs when used intensely, but this is the case with all of the CDN providers (Akamai, CloudFlare, Google CDN, Azure CDN).

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Younes

Verified reviewer

Company size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Packaging and Containers

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3

FUNCTIONALITY

5

May 2022

Great service if you are already using Amazon hosting

Pros

It's very easy to start to use the CDN service once you host your website on Amazon

Cons

You will need a specialist to manage it, it's not user friendly at all.