Amazon CloudFront

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Amazon CloudFront is a web service for content delivery. It integrates with other Amazon Web Services to give developers and businesses an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no commitments.

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CloudFront review by <span>Jonathan G.</span>
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Don't put in the wrong setting because it will break everthing

What do you like best?

I like that it's already integrated with other AWS services easily, but that's about it. It also seems very highly customizable.

What do you dislike?

It's really hard to use. Seriously. You really need to know what you're doing. I supposed you could always improve UI/UX, but I think that’s already pretty decent. I’m sure it could probably run faster too, but that’s still not that bad either. Amazon also keeps updating/changing their user interface, so we're having to re-learn how to set things up again periodically. Despite the redesigns, our CloudFront distributions continue to crash on us frequently and create problems when configured with DNS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you really really really know what you're doing, then this could be a viable option, but if you want to sleep well at night and not have to really think hard about setting up CDN and DNS then you might want to go with another provider until Amazon gets their stuff together here.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We tried using CloudFront but because it kept crashing, we ended up not using it heavily.

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CloudFront review by <span>Arjun K.</span>
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One of the best, reliable and cheap CDN.

What do you like best?

One of the best feature of cloudfront is that it is part of the AWS ecosystem, has an amazing free tier, very east to setup and also supports https by default. Lambda at edge is another feature that makes cloudfront unique and functional.

What do you dislike?

Cloudfront is very pocket frontly if you don't have a huge data transfer, once the data crosses several 100 TBs the prices go very high. Takes around 40 mins to setup, wish this would have been faster. Another downside is that cloudfront has fewer nodes compared to some other CDNs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Cloudfront works great with most requirements, but in case you are planning to use CDN for use cases such as video streaming there are other good options in market specifically for video streaming. Location is also an important factor, depending on the region you want to serve content there cloud be other CDNs that have more number of nodes/edges, hence serving content faster/with low latency.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our primary use for cloudfront is to reduce our server load, as we have to server tons of images / static content. Cloudfront has helped us in reducing our server costs and also helped our customers in getting our content faster, hence we're able to sell our services at a lower cost.

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CloudFront review by <span>Aaron H.</span>
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CloudFront is Great

What do you like best?

Availability and scale are important. As a manager of an online video library, CloudFront allows us to host registration and payments on our own dedicated systems and store large files for video using S3 for CloudFront streaming while controlling access to it. I also like the offsite file storage capabilities. Having nearly unlimited bandwidth availability is key.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike is some slowness in transferring a file into the edge CloudFront location if the file is large and is not regularly accessed from S3. I have not looked in the last year, but there was not an easy way to keep these files cached using a valid until type header reliably.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It takes some thought to set up security and what location you consider primary,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We save in infrastructure. In combination with S3, CloudFront makes our system is flexible and is minimized when not in use and can support a nearly unlimited number of customers when we need it without paying for the excess idle hardware.

CloudFront review by <span>William P.</span>
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An easy to set-up and manage CDN that has a great price point

What do you like best?

CloudFront has allowed us to speed up the website and allows us the ability to use the points of presence to get content faster to the users.

What do you dislike?

The features are a little limited, such as your SSL and additional items. Support is also a little harder to reach, so you would need to reference online documents and forums for quick fixes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's an easy system to use and operate. It may be lacking some features but overall it will meet the objectives for CDN files.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The increasing geo-targeted and speed issues with our website.

CloudFront review by <span>Craig N.</span>
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n excellent performance boost for your site.

What do you like best?

The further your customers are from your data the longer the data takes to arrive, making your site appear to be slow. In the current world, customers are spread all over the place, which means that you need to distribute your data to multiple geographic locations in order to give everyone the same speed of access. This is a very costly thing to accomplish when dealing with the physical world, and is still a pain to configure when trying to integrate a random content delivery network with your network. Since CloudFront is an AWS service, it just works with S3 and EC2 perfectly. Along with providing a geographic caching service, CloudFront also lifts even more resources from your EC2 server, allowing you to save more money on processor and memory requirements.

What do you dislike?

It does take a bit of research to get set-up properly, and even I had to make a few attempts at configuring the service before I had it operational. You will need to set-up S3, CloudFront, Distributions,and a few other things until the service works as imagined, but once it does, it is beyond expectations. I would say this is the hardest AWS service to configure, at least for me it was.

Recommendations to others considering the product

DO a lot of research before hand, and utilize the Activate services provided by the AWS Loft if you are able to, especially one-on-One support with a Solution Architect and training on CloudFront.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saving costs on needing geographically diverse locations, servers, storage, and etc, while providing and increase in speed and responsiveness to all of my customers, regardless of location, while reducing my EC2 costs by offloading more services that would be using resources.

CloudFront review by <span>Tu V.</span>
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Why we using CloudFront for our web service

What do you like best?

The best thing I like in Amazone CloudFront is it delivery data from the server to clients is quite fast. Even how many concurrency users at the same time or where are the user's located. This will make your site increase the position of the result from the Google search.

Amazone CloudFront is also very easy to setup. Just a few clicks and your static data is available anywhere in the world.

For the developer, Amazone CloudFront SDK supports a large number of program languages so that you can easy to integration with your application. Moreover, Amazone CloudFont have a large community to help you if you have a trouble.

What do you dislike?

The think I don't like in Amazone CloudFront is it just work with Amazone S3. So, If you want to use CloudFront, you must upload all your data into S3.

Another thing is it take more time to distributed your data from S3 is quite slow. And to using CloudFront, you also need to know about the other service of AWS Stack, such as IAM or S3, etc

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company has some websites based on WordPress. They want to increase the position result from the Google Search, make their website as fast as possible. So, they decide to use S3 with CloudFront. It very easy to connect from Wordpress to CloudFront because it already has a plugin to do all of them for us.

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