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 Jonathan G.
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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 Arjun K.
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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.

What Content Delivery Network (CDN) solution do you use?

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CloudFront review by Aaron H.
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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 William P.
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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 Craig N.
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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 Tu V.
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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.

CloudFront review by Sheehan A.
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"Excellent worldwide distribution for video content"

What do you like best?

- Easy setup for developers

- Integrates well with existing data and applications hosted on AWS

- Automatically streams video and website content at edge locations without any transcoding or difficult setup

- Strong API interface if you need to automate setup or dashboards

- Good API documentation and provided SDK's for custom development

What do you dislike?

- Vendor lock-in can be a turn-off to potential buyers. Moving off of CloudFront will require moving storage and routes.

- Requires some knowledge of AWS stack.

- Console interface is clunky and sometimes doesn't work

- Cache lives long at times, and requires some configuration

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are already invested in the AWS platform, CloudFront is an excellent choice as it integrates very well with S3. AWS also offers consolidated billing, so from a financial perspective all of your IT costs can be organized under a single LOB. As for the system itself, it does a great job of distributing your content to the regions you host your servers and where your customers live, worldwide.

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

Distributing video content reliably can be expensive and require complex system setups. CloudFront handles the distribution and media streaming so that you can focus on your business applications. If you are already invested in the AWS stack, tight integration with S3 makes storage and distribution simple.

CloudFront review by Alex F.
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"Integrates really well with other Amazon services"

What do you like best?

It allows us to distribute the assets for our websites across the globe, meaning that wherever a user is, our assets are physically close to them. It means that they can pull down fonts, CSS, JS and images faster than our application servers could ever supply them. It integrates really well with the rest of Amazon's web services.

What do you dislike?

I find the dashboard to be really complicated, and I wish that Amazon's management console did not force you to only be in one locality at a time - at times I would like to be able to see CDN servers from across the globe instead of just the ones in the region I happen to be logged into.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would also consider Akamai and other similarly priced CDNs if I did not use other Amazon web services. It is relatively expensive, and there are better options to be had outside the Amazon ecosystem.

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

By using a CDN, our application servers and our data centres are now free to use their bandwidth serving the actual meat of the web requests without being bogged down by assets. It means that clients' sites load faster and more reliably.

CloudFront review by Morten P.
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"Cloudfront for software and web site availability"

What do you like best?

The ease of setting up Cloudfront and pushing out new updates is probably the feature I like the most about Cloudfront. It follows the pattern of the rest of the AWS stack, great administrative interfaces, easy to understand, quick to setup. As a bonus, you get a interface, showing you how the traffic is hitting on the different edge instances you have. These logs can also be easily obtained for use in your own tracking systems.

What do you dislike?

I have at times experienced that the speed of download from the edges are slow, before a few downloads have happened. I have not investigated it any further, but it looks like the edge files are not cached or something similar until someone have actually requested them? When the files have been downloaded a few times, the speed is great and as expected.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As with all AWS tools, this is easy and quick to set up. We would recommend you to have a central monitoring system to add the CloudFront logfiles into. This will enable you to get even greater value out of the information that CloudFront offers to you. I.e. use a tool like Kibana to be able to drilldown into the logfiles.

CloudFront review by User in Internet
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"Excellent CDN service"

What do you like best?

Amazon CloudFront is a CDN. To be honest, it's not the most features CDN on the market, but I personally believe it provides everything required for the majority of use cases at an affordable pricing.

It's easy to use, you can provision a new distribution in about 30 minutes, it perfectly integrates with Terraform, has 100+ point of presence across the globe and they recently introduced Lambda@Edge - that's the ability to run your functions (lambas) directly on CDN edges, opening anyone to edge-computing.

What do you dislike?

It's hard to say what I dislike, since CloudFront is one of the best AWS services in my experience. Let's say I would enjoy more features on Lambda@Edge, to enable building more applications, like on-the-fly origin binary response manipulation (using a stream-like pattern).

Recommendations to others considering the product

I strongly recommend CloudFront CDN. As an user since several years, and after comparing it with other solutions, I personally believe it's one of the best CDN solutions in the market.

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

We use CloudFront for several use cases, including caching of web assets, distribution of audio files and DoS protection having it in front of our endpoints.

CloudFront review by Oscar A. M.
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"CloudFront: A fast path to solve content delivery requirements."

What do you like best?

- Well designed administrative interface.

- Intuitive UI.

- Integrates easily with other Amazon services, (S3, Route, etc.).

- Mainly for static media content.

- The right amount of features for each kind of media supported.

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What do you dislike?

As sysadmin, sometimes we like to optimize and change some things under the hood of our infrastructure; but that can't be done with Amazon services directly without spend some effort. But there is a lot of documentation and customer forums that have almost enough information and cases of use.

Another issue that I don't like is the rounding method use to bill the consumption of each service on Amazon platform. Google does that better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CF Is a great product, but you need to consider a lot before get it working. First you must integrate with your present workflow and develpment context, using the right tool on each one. Then how will be the deploy, manual or automated.

CloudFront review by Holden T.
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"CloudFront clean and simple."

What do you like best?

It's pricing, simplicity and range of settings. It allows you to configure almost everything but you're not forced into doing so and can easily change the settings later. The pricing is the most straight forward of any other tool (other than Free cloudfront).

What do you dislike?

Asset ejection/expiration after 24 hours. Some settings are a bit magical and the docs lack detailed information. Stackoverflow is often necessary to figure out some hidden details such as how long objects linger before being ejected. Fastly will keep stale objects for up to 37 days but Cloudfront has a current maximum of 24 hours with no ability to prolong it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's the best overall product in the market. Fastly has a few extra features but higher upfront fees. CloudFlare is a bit too much like magic unless you go enterprise. CloudFront is perfect for anything in between or what you would usually need.

CloudFront review by Matthew G.
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"Solid CDN that works great if you use Amazon services"

What do you like best?

Seriously simple CDN. We already host everything on AWS so using this was a breeze. We use it to deliver 720p resolution images to about 3M devices each week and it's never given us problems. Setting it up took no time and then it just works like any other asset link. We access them via a chromecast app and it's flawless.

We manage everything in normal S3 buckets so literally the process is identical, we just drop files into the cdn folder in S3 and follow the links. No learning curve for anyone and nothing new to mess up, it's as seemless as it can be!

What do you dislike?

If you accidentally upload a wrong file or need to make changes your assets are immediately cached so you need to upload the edited version under a new name and re-deploy. Not the biggest issue but it would be great if there were a simple way to nuke the cache on the entire CDN but that's just not feasible! Need to just be precise and redeploy new links if a mistake is made. It happens sporadically.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're already using AWS/S3 this will be the easiest tech implementation experience you've ever had! Yes you'll need to have been the one who set up S3 but it'll be super fast and easy and your asset load times will be SO MUCH BETTER. Try it, you'll love it. Did I mention it's super affordable, too? Just make sure to compress your stuff, we use WebP files for images.

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

Rapid deployment and loading across multiple territories. We serve 2M+ users and that data needs to get there!

CloudFront review by Josh Q.
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"Easy to implement cache and WAF layer"

What do you like best?

Very easy to setup a basic cache/CDN in front of an existing web platform. Good support for changing behaviors for different filetypes/locations/etc.

What do you dislike?

We use the same setup for many different sites/accounts, but there is no way to copy an existing cloud front deployment (like for launch configs). Can use cloud formation, but no way to copy in the Console.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Put it in front of your web servers, even if you don't use the caching.

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

Originally we used Varnish with our websites. However, with load balancing there's no easy way to do Varnish HA. There is a Varnish cluster variant but it is VERY expensive. This also takes the load of the EC2 instances so sizing is no longer a consideration.

CloudFront review by Laurent R.
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"Cloudfront has helped the company reduce load on our web servers"

What do you like best?

It reduces the load on our web servers to load our static files such as images, javascript files, and css files.

What do you dislike?

Caching can be a bit of a head-scratcher, especially when started off and not knowing about caching busting techniques

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely great for serving your static content. Make sure to use different names when replacing an image (or bust the cache), and use a cache busting technique for css and js files.

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

We are solving the problems that we need to serve a lot of static files, but we do not want it to affect our web servers than are serving our websites. The benefits is that Cloudfront serves static files quickly, without touching our servers (most of the time), everywhere in the world

CloudFront review by Dmitriy U.
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"Fast start with Amazon for startups"

What do you like best?

Simple interfaces, easy-to-use API.

Interfaces helps to debug your integration and makes it transparently.

SDK for a lot of languages.

You can use your domain instead of S3/Cloudfront domain. Settings are very easy and completely explained in Amazon's documentation. Documentation is great.

Community is really large, you can find a lot of answers in stackoverflow.

What do you dislike?

Bills sometimes confusing - not easy to understand detalization for payment structure.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great solution for startups and prototypes. Pricing is not low, but (!) your start will be fast and easy with S3 & Cloudfront.

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

User's data hosting. We are using Cloudfront for frequently used static content and S3 for other.

Integration was fast and transparent. It was easy to divide dev / staging / live environments.

CloudFront review by Administrator
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"Powerful but relatively expensive"

What do you like best?

Relatively easy to configure and well integrated with the rest of AWS services, which is a great advantage.

What do you dislike?

It can get pricey if you have enough traffic. For some apps we pay about half of the production cost on CloudFront alone.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you already use AWS just give it a try, it will make your app load much faster.

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

We use CloudFront for caching static content, it's easy to use and we like the service features, but it's a bit on the expensive side.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Gambling & Casinos
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"Use CloudFront to speed up your site with ease"

What do you like best?

It is a very simple solution to implement and get up and running. All of the main features you would expect to exist are available.

What do you dislike?

Some delays when clearing cache for items. The pricing can be confusing at first as you need to use a calculator to find out what your bill will look like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Once you understand how the AWS administration system works, you will have no problem setting this up.

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

Speeding up serving images and other media. Save costs on bandwidth and able to serve media quicker to different geographical locations.

CloudFront review by Justin S.
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"Fantastic CDN for platform level delivery accelleration"

What do you like best?

Incredibly easy to setup, absolutely brilliant technology, it just works and works well. You can quickly deploy your S3 content to endpoints around the world, secure them with an SSL provided by AWS, and do virtually no extra work from a development standpoint.

What do you dislike?

The cache invalidation can be tricky if you work in an environment where assets are updated. I would highly recommend versioning the files rather than updating them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can start using this soon enough. I learning curve to deploy an Amazon S3 bucket to global edge locations was way lower than I was expecting

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

We've deployed large volumes of content for dozens of clients automatically and transparently.

CloudFront review by Armando R.
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"Awesome experience"

What do you like best?

What i really enjoyed is the free tier in the first year.

This made me go for it instead of other options, so i can try it in a proper way. That way i can Analyse performance , costs, etc

I've also read a lot about them against competition and most of the reviews were awesome.

I also liked that i could "easily" install my WordPress website, without much hassle.

What do you dislike?

Not really intuitive for beginners, but got used to in a short time after sorting out some wording and unique concepts.

Trying to figure out which are the right options for a start can be slow at start.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think its really worth to give it a try.

One year for free and the capacity of seeing how much it could cost after the trial is over its a ggreat way to capture new clients.

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

Saving money by providing free hosting to some of my content. Including my WordPress website which runs smoothly.

Fast running servers helped me improve my website speed comparing to my previous host.

Basically , the strong point is that they let it use for free so you can decide if it's really for you or your business

CloudFront review by Mudassir A.
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"Super easy to setup & works like charm!"

What do you like best?

Ease of setup & how well it works along side amazon S3. When I first wanted to use a CDN for my startup, it was pretty new concept to me but the amazon's introductory videos & guides help me easily setup. It might take a while for the CDN to start to take effect. But once it is done, you won't really have to visit that page again unless you need to reconfigure something.

What do you dislike?

Not much I found to dislike about. Maybe because my use case is not that extensive.

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

I needed a cdn for my startup where we have images for various milk products. I hosted all the product images on aws cloudfront.

CloudFront review by Jay J.
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"CloudFront: The new definition of Awesome."

What do you like best?

Honestly - damn near everything from A to Z. ACF has been a huge boon to us in terms of value and uptime.

What do you dislike?

Cost. We all know disks are CHEAP these days, so you'd think that smaller cost would somewhere translate into the lower fees offered by other reputable companies. I think mostly you're paying for the Amazon name, backing the service more than the service itself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider your budget and potential growth for the next five years and match that against what Amazon and others offer. Yes, there ARE less expensive options, but you have to consider security of data as well and unlike SONY, who feels customer data is not worth protecting, Amazon makes sure you're covered left, right, top, bottom and diagonally.

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

Uptime. Online businesses live and die on uptime. You lose access to data and you're dead in the water. Amazon Cloud has certainly made sure we notice nothing if there's a glitch.

CloudFront review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Great service"

What do you like best?

It is a neat service tighly integrated with Amazon Cloud.

It is designed to further abstract away the details of the platform. You can simply upload a file to your website. The resources associated with the file are provisioned automatically, and scaling is handled by the system. If the event volume goes up, causing the file to be downloaded more often, more resources will be allocated; as volume drops, resources will be cut, possibly to zero. Assets are strictly pay-per-use, meaning that if a function isn't called, it costs nothing.

What do you dislike?

User interface is not so great and power features can only be implemented with API calls.

Invalidations are expensive, so it's better to drop the whole bucket. ... Other services simply have button to invalidate all and do not have a 1,000 invalidations limit to begin charging per invalidation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Amazon CloudFront must be implemented with any Amazon EC2 web server. It helps to distrute the processing load in a consistent architecture.

Poke around the infrastructure of any small or medium website or mobile app these days, and you're bound to find something other than a web server and a database, a CDN is doing much of the heavy lifting, publishing static assets.

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

Server network overload. Load distibution. The service really helps to reduce the load in a web application server.

CloudFront review by Anthony d.
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"Always on, amazing up time and customer service"

What do you like best?

What I liked the best about Amazon web services is I never needed to follow up on anything after I did the initial setup. That is to say that the service works perfectly and has such little down time that I've never had any sort of issues.

What do you dislike?

Honestly I've had nothing to dislike. In my experience with any sort of product like this, the more you have to deal with them the more of a headache everything is but as I stated before I think after setup I had 1 additional conversation when I wanted to bring them more business and that was it. Just a really seamless product and experience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would go with it if you are even considering it. The pricing was a little more than some other competitors we were looking at but it was nice to know we had amazon's infrastructure behind everything.

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

Content delivery, especially as it related to global content delivery. I think the biggest advantage amazon cloud front had over others was that they are a big name player with no minimum usage commitments. My client was in a very esoteric vertical so he had a unique scaling situation which amazon cloud front was perfect for. The other great thing is it integrates with amazon web services which my client was also utilizing at the time so adding on another line and service was pretty simple and straightforward!

CloudFront review by Bradley H.
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"Great CDN and super affordable"

What do you like best?

Cloudfront is about as good as you can get in the cost/performance ratio. Other competitors can compete in certain categories, but overall Cloudfront wins. I've been using it as my CDN for nearly every side project and company I've worked for in the last 6 years.

What do you dislike?

The only real issue I have with cloudfront is the learning curve can be a bit high. AWS's control panel is a bit of a nightmare and figuring out stuff like setting permissions and TTL can take a while.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a faster CDN with a simpler interface and faster cache invalidation, check out Fastly, but be prepared to pony up the $... For general use, Cloudfront is awesome

CloudFront review by Guillaume A.
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"Painless integration with S3 and Custom SSL"

What do you like best?

Amazon Cloudfront gives me the ability to deploy my static website on a global CDN very quickly and very cheaply. Integration with S3 is immediate and easy, cache invalidation is a breeze using command lines tools and gives the ability to automate everything. With the recent addition of free Custom SSL every single thing a static site may ever need is integrated.

All I had to do was configure my distribution one single time, copy my credentials to my deployment tool and now I can forget it even exists. For a non-programmer like me it's a breeze. And for a low volume website like mine it's nearly free.

Like:

- "No volume" Price

- APIs

- Free SSL

What do you dislike?

While Cloudfront is nearly free for near 0 volumes, the fees goes up very quickly. I think the ease of use makes up easily for the high fees for big users but if the only thing you are interested in with Cloudfront is the CDN part and you don't mind losing all the other tools and integrations that really make Cloudfront, then a pure CDN like Akamai or a custom solution will be much cheaper.

Dislike:

- Price when number of visitors suddenly surge

- Rules system a little convoluted

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Cloudfront to anyone considering creating a fully static website. It's the perfect use case. And now with Custom SSL it's much better than the altnernatives.

CloudFront review by Prakhar S.
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"Performance and Features"

What do you like best?

Initially though cloudfront seemed something simple to grasp on and deploy quickly. What might appear to be a daunting task is done pretty quickly by it.

The documentation, AWS support along with AWS CLI is incredible combination for all our needs, being a developer or sys-admin.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the speed lacks way more than other competitors like those based on Akamai. Particularly for India, we sometimes do not get a competitive enough speed on page load time, where as people using Cloudinary seem to have a pretty good TTFB.

HTTPS speeds using SNI also seem a bit slow, however our servers are tuned by hand for this, maybe you guys can provide more control there.

Adding additional headers requires the source to support that, and these headers can't be easily managed in control panel. While this structure contributes to simplicity, i have seen many people drop Cloudfront as an option and moving towards other alternatives because of it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Cloudfront is a great CDN service, which can be flexibly targeted in a variety of circumstances.

CloudFront review by John E.
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"Not the easiest to set up, but does a great job at a reasonable cost"

What do you like best?

low cost, high performance CDN backed by Amazon's massive infrastructure. Although not the easiest to figure out at first, Amazon provides solid documentation, and there is a wealth of other 'how-to' articles to be found online.

What do you dislike?

Unless you work in opps/dev-opps, you might find the interface a bit arcane. I would have been lost without documentation and third-party how-to guides.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Despite the initial learning curve, I see a lot of value for Amazon CloudFront. I use it primarily to help speed up static websites hosted on S3 buckets. With S3, Route 53, CloudFront and a good static site generating system (Jekyll or Middleman, for example) you can create a blazing fast website that will scale to a ton of traffic, if needed. At the same time, costs are reasonable.

I can only comment on the benefit to small projects, but in that regard, CloudFront excels and is well worth the somewhat steep learning curve.

CloudFront review by Daniel C.
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"Amazon can do a lot better then this"

What do you like best?

Cloud Front provides really good performance compared to other platforms out there. it does come with a cost due.

If you use other services of Amazon Web Services then this is a no brainer.

The API is documented very bad but it works and it's flexible.

The main advantage is the pricing, there is not competition right now that makes it as affordable as Amazon's Cloud Front.

The only Good part of This is the API, they have it well wrapped in more the a few SDK's making the technical work with Cloud Front not so bad, assuming you are a programmer.

What do you dislike?

Using this product is complicated like hell! you really need to know what you are doing or have a lot of patience. the documentation is endless and not clear at all.

Also, Amazon is a company with a lot of resources, hire a UX person already!

Recommendations to others considering the product

You will probably use this because you were forced to. try and look at other options first.

Try to look external tools that wrap around the API and make the use of this product a little bit less horrible.

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

I use Cloud Front for a few small business websites.

I don't want to use it, but i have to because I need SSL for those websites and they are statically hosted on S3.

Sometimes it seems easier to just start a simple instance and setup static file hosting using nginx on it then setting up Cloud Front.

CloudFront review by User in Computer Software
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"CloudFront is very fast and easy to use"

What do you like best?

Cloudfront is very easy to use for things like caching static assets for rails applications. Its simple to configure, very fast and supports SSL. If you use rails in particular, it only takes a couple of steps of configuration to make it deliver asset-pipeline assets for you (JS, CSS, images). Dramatically improves performance, particularly for large payloads.

What do you dislike?

If you want to use it for something not automatic, like Rails, it requires a bit of manual gumption. We use it to host static sites as well (based on s3 buckets) - that configuration is a little more complex. After the initial config its very easy though

Recommendations to others considering the product

Perfect for hosting static websites or adding a caching layer to an existing web application. Very inexpensive and fairly painless to configure. Rails asset hosting is painless, static website deployment requires a bit of scripting. Nothing too complicated.

CloudFront review by Carlos T.
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"Cloud services from the giant "

What do you like best?

Aws is a well known top service for everything in the cloud market. CloudFront makes an amazing cdn service that includes everything one would need to accelerate apps and websites. It has dns zones, various caching options and ssl security.

What do you dislike?

It's a bit pricey compared to other not giant cdn services.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try with the trial access, it can be difficult at the beginning but remember that this is a top quality service mostly aimed to big business.

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

Website acceletarion, dns editing, content caching

CloudFront review by Abdel K.
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"Easiest CDN to use"

What do you like best?

Regardless if your infrastructure is hosted on AWS or not, its so easy to get started. The integration with S3 makes it so simple to host all your data. The best part about it is that its all hands off and does not require a self hosted origin!

What do you dislike?

The interface is very very clunky. I think it could use a complete makeover.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Host as much content as possible on S3.

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

We used CloudFront to host static files for our website that was consumed by millions of users. We also used it to deliver live video feeds!

CloudFront review by Jeff M.
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"excellent set of features"

What do you like best?

lots of different features can be applied and integrated into your AWS instances such as domain names for your instances and disk storage volume as well as load balancing

What do you dislike?

the user interface can be challenging sometimes and hard to find the information you require, also the customer service can be hard to reach and get responses.

Recommendations to others considering the product

would recommend customers consider cloudfront but also compare it's cost of ownership against running development/test/QA servers in-house on cheap hardware, and also look at other providers such as exoscale and linode and heroku to compare costs

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

we run part of our business on AWS currently in order to cut our operating hardware costs., we also refer some of our customers to the AWS services when they are looking for cloud based solutions to run applications or databases

CloudFront review by Taylor P.
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"CDN by Amazon!"

What do you like best?

As with all things AWS, it has a very powerful API that can tie in with your other AWS resources. It also has support for Amazon's ACM, which can provide free SSL certificates for your sites.

What do you dislike?

Amazon doesn't have as many edge servers as some other CDN providers, and it doesn't have as much analytic information as other solutions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CloudFront is a good starting point for CDN if you are using other AWS services. There are other CDNs with more powerful features, but CF is a good place to start.

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

Cloudfront provides CDN features directly within the AWS environment. It is easy to provision and manage with automated tools, which reduces administration time. As a CDN, it reduces server load and speeds up content delivery to end users.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Graphic Design
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"Fast, secure, reliable, and efficient CDN for static assets."

What do you like best?

CloudFront is extremely fast, includes HTTPS, custom CNAMEs, a thorough and useful API, global edge coverage, and, best of all, you only pay for what you use. Instant purge is always extremely useful, especially during periods of frequent development and change on a website. In addition, S3 integration makes hosting static microsites easier and cheaper than ever.

What do you dislike?

CloudFront has a relatively steep learning curve for someone not already immersed in CDN space, making it more difficult to pick up and hit the ground running than a competitor might.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend researching all your options and needs thoroughly before you commit, as CloudFront can become convoluted quickly if in inexperienced hands, and you should be sure that your particular technology stack can be utilized with CloudFront without excessive labor by way of implementation.

CloudFront review by Tommy B.
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"Essential piece of AWS"

What do you like best?

We like the way Amazon connect each services together. When you start using AWS, this is a no brainer to leverage all the different services since the API and integration have been designed to work in symphony.

CloudFront is the easiest way to distribute your files all around the world, optimizing load time, and uptime.

What do you dislike?

Understanding all the AWS Service may be painful when you don't know the service name and trying to achieve a goal. A lot of time reading before leveraging all the features...

Recommendations to others considering the product

No-brainer if you use AWS, one of the best for everything else.

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

Since we have customer all around the world, classic hoster were not able to provide low latency/fast loading servers everywhere. With CloudFront, you don't have to worry, it is always fast.

CloudFront review by Radek W.
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"Integrates Amazingly with s3"

What do you like best?

The ease of converting your s3 stored static content into a cloud front. Also that most of the heavy lifting and config is done by aws, as with most of their products.

What do you dislike?

Can't say anything bad, maybe work on pricing structure more. I noticed with multiple of their services, the fees are always changing so it can be difficult to estimate cost. Good thing is prices are dropping.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you already use aws specifically s3, this is for you. Get up and running very quickly, for us was same day.

CloudFront review by Jonas F.
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"Performance CDN"

What do you like best?

Very performant CDN including free SSL. You need to store a lot of files or assets which are under heavy load? CloudFront is the way to go since it automatically scales the necessary web servers for your needs.

What do you dislike?

The web interface is not that intuitive in my opinion. If you never worked with Amazon Web Services before, it can be quite overwhelming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take some time to get used to the Amazon Console. You'll get there!

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

Serving lots of big downloads for loads of people.

CloudFront review by Ferran A.
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"Simple and transparent CDN from public S3 objects"

What do you like best?

It is very simple to deploy static content world wide. It makes our applications faster with zero maintenance from our end.

What do you dislike?

The invalidations are usually slow. We usually do partial invalidations to refresh a bunch of files from S3. This process takes longer than we would expect regarding the amount of files.

It makes code deployments a bit inconsistent. We use it for static web files. Therefore we need to make sure that those assets are updated before the application references them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you use it to serve JS files you will need to maintain origin headers. It will forward CORS configuration from S3 bucket. Unless those headers are right, some browsers are going to show errors and eventually avoid loading files.

CloudFront review by Eduardo S.
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"A Versatile CDN from Amazon"

What do you like best?

Cloudfront is what one needs when using AWS, it has everything a cdn needs to have and only some steps of configuration. It serves files very fast, caching is outstanding, we are very happy with it.

What do you dislike?

There are no things to dislike as it fulfills the expectations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it if you're using AWS, other than that you can just look for a cheaper cdn out there.

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

Content delivery, AWS integration, site protection, resources caching and worldwide support.

CloudFront review by Curtis R.
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"Cost Effective CDN and Static Site Hosting"

What do you like best?

CloudFront is a fantastically simple CDN solution for the masses. Its built upon the highly reliable and available Amazon S3 and offers lots of the features offered by its competitors. The thing that makes it stand out to me is the static site hosting. This is something that is often overlooked when considering where to host static files, but its incredibly cost effective, can stream video files, can handle custom domain names and doesn't require setting up or managing an EC2 instance.

What do you dislike?

When it comes to streaming video, its good, but in my opinion Akamai does a better job and is a bit more reliable across devices and platforms. That's not to say CloudFront isn't great at it though and that you won't be successful using it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're developing "native" JavaScript applications with tools like Angular or Ampersand, seriously look at using CloudFront for the combination of CDN and static hosting. This will save you a TON of money and will help ensure your applications are delivered as quickly as possible to your users.

CloudFront review by Justin C.
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"CloudFront is rad"

What do you like best?

CloudFront is very easy for developers to start using right away and making a fast impact.

What do you dislike?

Not great for non developers and also a learning curve for the configurations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its kind of the biggest one out there

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

As a front end developer I'm always making sure our sites are optimized as much as possible, and a large part of that is service responsibly sized images/ various assets from a CDN, and CloudFront allows me to do that with ease.

CloudFront review by Mohit B.
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"Another Amazing product from Amazon"

What do you like best?

I have been big fan of amazon cloud technologies and this is one of the best thing you can get under the hood of amazon. The best thing is that using Amazon CloudFront your video is automatically distributed to servers across the world and due to that the live stream flows really smoothly.

What do you dislike?

The tool is bit difficult to use as it has really rick features it is bit difficult to find the features which you want to use. It takes bit long to understand the whole thing and how it works.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would really recommend people who have heavy live streaming application.

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

We are online live streaming platform and amazon cloudfront made the streaming really smooth.

CloudFront review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"One of the best, well-known Content Delivery Networks"

What do you like best?

The best feature of Amazon CloudFront is the fact that rely on their own infrastructure and well connected network. The latency and overall performance of the CDN is really good. They also make use of Anycast and Geo-DNS technologies to pick the best Point of Presence to deliver the content to the end-user. Also their real-time metrics are quite useful. Also, as many Amazon AWS services, you only pay for what you really use, so there are no monthly fees or commitments.

What do you dislike?

It's not cheap, specially for their PoPs outside the European and American region. It might not be the best choice for video delivery or some bandwidth-intensive projects if you're on a budget.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go with Amazon CloudFront if you're looking for a reliable CDN, regardless of the price per gigabyte. But if you're on a budget and you care less about latency and performance, there are other options that can save you a lot of money.

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

We've used Amazon CloudFront as a general purpose CDN for many customers. The quality and performance isn't comparable to other cheaper CDNs.

CloudFront review by Luis E.
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"Great CDN!"

What do you like best?

It has a lot of POP's and the integration with websites and custom developments it's easier and faster than with other CDN tools.

What do you dislike?

That it doesn't suppor Brotli compression, just GZIP.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great to have highly available content in the world.

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

Static content availability for websites and developments. The main benefit is all the infrastructure that amazon has to make the content highly worldwide available.

CloudFront review by Consultant in Construction
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"Great, Fast CDN"

What do you like best?

Availability, scalability, brand name and trust associated with Amazon. Our customers have a greater peace of mind when they hear their products will utilize this CDN.

What do you dislike?

This comment is in general towards Amazon cloud offerings.As primarily a Microsoft shop, we don't see consistent support of Microsoft technologies in Amazon APIs. Of course MS has its own ecosystem - but it would be nice if Amazon did embrace some of the more common paradigms that comprise core MS offerings.

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

I am using this CDN on daily basis - it is used to host APIs of some of our partners. Over the years, we have only experienced a documented downtime once, which was promptly resolved.

CloudFront review by Tobias S.
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"Easy to use and very powerful CDN"

What do you like best?

Was very easy to get started. I love that CloudFront has it's own CLI tool! It makes it very convenient for users like me, who prefers to stay in their terminal for as much work as possible. As with all Amazon products, CloudFront ties in excellent with the rest of the infrastructure.

What do you dislike?

There's no completely free tier (though you get one year free as a new user) but the price is so low it's negligible. Also if it's your first time working with Amazon Web Services the configuration and setup might seem a little daunting initially.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're already an Amazon customer, using AWS for web hosting, CloudFront is really a no-brainer. Just get it.

CloudFront review by Eric C.
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"Infrastructure Simplified"

What do you like best?

Cloudfront allows routing requests to different origins per path, which allowed us to dramatically simplify our infrastructure design.

What do you dislike?

It has a lot of configuration options, but it would be nice to have a little more control out of the box.

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

Cloudfront helps us deliver content to our users faster, especially on the other side of the globe. The performance benefits of edge caching have undoubtedly helped us increase the reach of our marketing efforts and products.

CloudFront review by Luke A.
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"AWS Works out the best"

What do you like best?

AWS provides a wide range of services that can fit anything or any need.

What do you dislike?

The price for putting up to any service is cheap to do. Bringing that data back down is very expensive though. Be very aware of how often you pull data back down.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Shop around first. Ask the same questions between vendors. Be very specific with use cases. Some of the answers might surprise you. Works great for websites that need to be up 24/7.

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

Backup storage space for unlimited growth.

Putting that data up to the cloud is cheap but is very expensive to request it back in case of a full restore

CloudFront review by Daniel C.
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"Good integration with AWS, extremely slow to update"

What do you like best?

Cloudfront has great integration with the rest of the AWS stack, and it's easy to provision and set up and running.

What do you dislike?

Cloudfront is extremely, extremely slow to update settings. Most of the time it takes ~30 minutes to update a setting, and about 15 minutes to purge a cache. It's so slow that I sometimes wonder if there is someone running around Amazon with a printout that they need to deliver to someone else to update the servers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CloudFront is a great starter solution if you don't need a ton of features, and like the integration with AWS. I would evaluate other solutions if you need anything more complicated.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Retail
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"Reliable and Hassle free Content delivery network "

What do you like best?

One of the advantage of using cloud front especially if you are using amazon web services, you do not have to look at another service provider only for content delivery network.

Cloud front does most of the things that many big companies does it for you. Also one does not have to go through hassle of contracts and agreement and usage limits.

Cloud front comes with the pay as you go model. You can park the data on s3 like videos, files images and audio and stream it through cloud front.

Many media streaming companies are already using cloudfront in production of the content delivery.

Cloud front comes with encryption options so one does not worry about the security of the media or content.

What do you dislike?

Supports the content which exists only on s3. Non- s3 does not support.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can looking for plug and play CDN, cloud front is the best product.

CloudFront review by Anthony J P.
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"No words can express my experience with AWS "

What do you like best?

Ease of integration and cloud base integration to our environment is key. We manage over 400 nodes on the aws cloud and there are three of us... its ease of use, security, load balancing and autoscaling makes it that more appealing.

Now we our new integration of ansible, we are able to build new environments with just one click

What do you dislike?

the only dislike that I have to not having the ability to switch from one account to another...i have to logout and then log into the other account

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

the ability to create images of our environment and then spin them up with no downtime is key

CloudFront review by Tristan W.
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"Can be Great, but Not for Everyone"

What do you like best?

There was't must about Amazon Cloudfront that I found beneficially. Perhaps it was just because of the application I needed it for, small audiences downloading training content I create.

What do you dislike?

I messed around with Amazon Cloudfront for a bit, but I found little to no benefit from using it. It did not increase my traffic nor did it allow me to view analytics on my site that I was interested in. Not saying the application is bad, just not for everyone. Especially not for me (YouTuber and webhost).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Add more options to analytic tracking. This was one of the biggest drawbacks in my opinion

CloudFront review by Chris L.
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"Simple control, powerful performance"

What do you like best?

The web interface is fantastic, and ability to upload and propagate content via Amazon S3 made things super easy.

What do you dislike?

It took a bit to sort out using HTTPS with our own URLs instead of the ones generated by Amazon.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Makes most sense if you're leveraging Amazon S3

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

This dramatically reduced load on our servers, increased responsiveness on our site and that across the world.

CloudFront review by João F.
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"The best CDN in the market. Simple, reliable, with a fair price."

What do you like best?

Simple interface, really easy to start using it within minutes. The pricing, like all other cloud-based services, is fair as you pay what you actually use - no more, no less.

What do you dislike?

The only drawback I saw within my use of CloudFront, was the slow replication speed across regions. But I don't think that's something other CDNs are stronger at.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I used in a situation where I was slowly migrating from local storage, to cloud-based storage and CloudFront was perfect for this. You can select the files you want to store at your own pace. Take notice of usage ratings so you actually use what you are paying.

CloudFront review by Cecelia D.
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"All Amazon Everything"

What do you like best?

Everyone uses Amazon. Their web services platform is already good, now they've added CDN. Their interface reminds me of their site, s it's friendly and familiar. They're also always rolling out updates. As a change fro competitors, they don't have minimum usage requirements - this is nice if you're just tinkering.

What do you dislike?

Really nothing. It's a solid platform that does everything that you need it to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't try to integrate with other hosting or anything. Amazon is a better one-top-shop than an integrated product.

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

CDN, of course! Adding it on where a customer already leverages AWS.

CloudFront review by User in Computer Software
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"The best CDN network I had ever work"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that you can get a working configuration really quick. It integrates deeply with AWS S3 service, so you can have your assets distributed on the CDN in just minutes.

What do you dislike?

I don´t think there is something I would not recommend about AWS CF

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are already using other AWS products I´m sure your gonna enjoy CF.

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

We needed a CDN to distribute the assets of our React.js front-end app. We are building an e-learning platform that reach a big niche of enterprise clients around the world, so speed in content delivery is a must.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Hospitality
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"Fully Featured, Easy To Use And Extremely Cost Competitive CDN "

What do you like best?

As an image stock company, we are very happy with its dynamic content distribution as it really helped our business to serve the content from different geographical location with minimal latency

What do you dislike?

Cloudfront cache invalidation should have been made simpler ,now it looks really complicated

Recommendations to others considering the product

Based on the content that you are serving , it is a very good option to serve your content faster if you have customer in different geographical locations.

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

As an image stock company Cloudfront helped us to deliver the content to different geographical location with minimal latency

CloudFront review by D. Marshall L.
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"Cloudfront allows web developers to reduce the pageload speed of their websites tenfold."

What do you like best?

Cloudfront offers incredible speed on a worldly scale(Cloudfront and S3 are on all major continents). The ability for the user to tweak content settings - both for static and streaming content - allows for unlimited possibilities with regard to content delivery across the globe.

What do you dislike?

For first-time users, the act of going from S3-based content delivery to CloudFront-based delivery is not trivial; it requires knowledge of AWS methodology and the general understanding of high-volume content delivery.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your research on implementing CloudFront and the AWS API (in the programming language you plan on using) before diving in and trying to hack together the service.

CloudFront review by Oded S.
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"Easy. Fast. Robust"

What do you like best?

The ease of management (part of the AWS management tools). Full integration with S3.

What do you dislike?

Doesn't have advanced capabilities like image resizing on the fly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to have a CDN as part of your ecosystem, you should consider CloudFront.

Its easy, fast, and always working.

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

Serving images, videos & other assets to our mobile applications and site.

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"Best CDN available in the market"

What do you like best?

Ease of setting up and configuring. It takes less than two minutes.

What do you dislike?

Unable to predict the exact billing usage. The region wise pricing is different and is total due every month is unpredictable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

MaxCDN

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

It makes website load faster. The images/css/js loads from server near user location.

CloudFront review by Jessica J.
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"Excellent performance"

What do you like best?

Cloudfront is reliable, easy to setup, and backed by a reputable company. It has a wide variety of settings for CDN distributions and S3, which allows for heavy customization and tweaking. Overall performance is excellent.

What do you dislike?

The pricing is region based. There are cheaper options if you don't need the customization options.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Set the datacenter location setting to "automatic" to get the fastest speed.

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

We use S3 for the static content and Cloudfront for distribution. Contents such as media contents are served from Cloudfront to ensure speed and delivery time.

CloudFront review by Chris M.
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"Addition of CertificateManger makes this a no-brainer"

What do you like best?

Tying in the AWS Certificate manager means that *everyone gets free SSL*. There is NO reason not to have SSL on your hosted static content.

What do you dislike?

Can be slow to push updates with the Invalidation process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Integrate with the Certificate manger, it's a very simple process and everyone should have SSL on their site (specifically if you're using a custom domain).

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

Serves static content for our sites. We try to host our primary site entirely through CloudFront and use AJAX requests to have it pull in the user-specific content and access restricted information.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Education Management
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"Wide range of tools and functionality"

What do you like best?

Availability, reliability, and accessibility. First of all I was shocked to learn about Amazon 140 Billion Dollar web company. They provide the same customer support you get when you shop at their online store. Great tools and amazing functionality.

What do you dislike?

It is a bit expensive. Amazon also doesn't seem to be ahead of the game any more with Google Cloud competing in full force now. I also heard that Dropbox left Amazon web services.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think with Google competing aggressively now, Amazon Web services will not be the number 1.

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

hosting and deployment

CloudFront review by Administrator in Recreational Facilities and Services
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"Fast and affordable CDN, but not for everyone"

What do you like best?

Amazon Cloudfront is very fast, and has plenty of edge locations, Their pricing is also very competitive.

What do you dislike?

It can be a bit confusing to setup, invalidating is sometimes a pain.

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

Distributing content at a global scale, quickly and cheaply.

We host a lot of video and photo assets, and struggle to make them easily accessible to global users. We also need to store many different image sizes in order to employ effective responsive image workflows. CloudFront allows us to do this very quickly, and at fairly minimal cost.

CloudFront review by Gaston M.
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"The most reliable but not user friendly"

What do you like best?

Features, flexibility, customisation, now free real SSL for all endpoints without hassle. Pricing. Among all, speed and reliability, many datacenter around the world.

What do you dislike?

The UX is not as nice as say CloudFlare, invalidation is hard to use.

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

I am using Cloud front for image caching & reverse proxy.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Telecommunications
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"Enterprise CDN At your Fingertips!"

What do you like best?

Love the integration with AWS s3 and the ease of setup. I also love the ability to have a worldwide presence instantaneously with some simple configuration.

What do you dislike?

The inability to restrict the traffic to a specific group of IPs without an extremely high cost is a problem for us.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use with S3 for the easiest integration! Also provides the best flexibility!

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

We are serving small public files to millions of users and clients. These files are served from the location closest to the user/client from the closest CF endpoint. So efficient!

CloudFront review by C. Spencer B.
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"Cloudfront FTW for Projects Small and Large"

What do you like best?

AWS does API better than anyone else, handsdown. It makes it much less complicated than, say, Akamai, which is much more difficult to use via their API. The prices is right too.

What do you dislike?

The Invalidations are a bit old school. Fastly is an example of a CDN that had an incredible invalidation system. On the other hand, I like to version my objects, so I don't really use Invalidations all that much.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stop torturing your devs with inferior CDNs.

CloudFront review by Agency in Marketing and Advertising
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"Robust service and tight integration."

What do you like best?

I love the Cloudfront works well with other parts of the Amazon Web Services platform. This versatility and tight integration make it both easy to use and valuable.

What do you dislike?

Performance can be lacking dependent on the region you are targeting. Signing up for their service gives you access to a lot of auxiliary services you may not need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CloudFront is a great option if you are looking for price, performance and the stability the AWS provides.

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

Having image assets delivered regionally proved to be advantageous for our clients. This fact coupled with competitive pricing makes this a hard service to beat - especially if you are already within the AWS ecosystem.

CloudFront review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Simple to use"

What do you like best?

Only need to pay for what you use so no hidden charges and costs for things that you aren't using!!

What do you dislike?

Pricing charges for http and https requests on top of the pay per use.

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

With the pricing it can be used as an advantage towards the business and could save money in the long term. It allows for dynamic content to be delivered appropriately and professionally aswell as easily! The management console is a really good feature and used to monitor various stuff such as the resource usage and security.

CloudFront review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Best service for a limited budget! "

What do you like best?

One advantage to CloudFront is that your website can get its booster shot within minutes of using. It is incredibly easy. The best part is the interface showing you results, its the best I've seen for a limited budget.

What do you dislike?

I haven't found anything I really disliked. The only issue I had was reading the results and some off balance. That could be because I accidentally loaded the wrong file. I read that this is a common issue, the change isn't caught right away.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend this product. Easy to use and very affordable.

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

Looking for a product that actually proved results but was within our budget.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Internet
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"Simple, cheap, easy to use, and world wide delivery quickly"

What do you like best?

The ease of use and the price. It's super quick to setup especially if your already using EC2 instances along side it.

What do you dislike?

Documentation is not the greatest. I find using other sites better than Amazon's actual docs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely worth a try, it's cheap and easy to use.

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

Offloading asset hosting saves app server loads, and allows us to keep apps snappy.

CloudFront review by Tony T.
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"Built for speed"

What do you like best?

The speed is far and away better than any other web service distribution software.

What do you dislike?

So far it has been the best we have used. Nothing to dislike...Yet.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have a speed problem delivering content, give this a long, hard look.

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

We had an extreme latency problem when delivering dynamic HTML content. That lag is almost nonexistent now.

CloudFront review by Stephen T.
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"Powerful worldwide CDN"

What do you like best?

Provides a powerful API

Fairly painless setup

Above average coverage and number of edge points

What do you dislike?

Getting caching to work as expected was not straight forward

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

Using cloudfront made it possible for my website to deliver static assets to users in distributed locations

CloudFront review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"Great. Very quick, super easy to use with S3."

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to integrate with S3, as we use this for many other purposes.

What do you dislike?

There are some other cheaper options available now I believe.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend it, no problems at all.

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

Faster loading for assets around the world; servers closer to users.

CloudFront review by Administrator
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"The ONLY cloud based content delivery framework."

What do you like best?

It's (relatively) easy to jump right in, like most Amazon products. It's an industry leader for a reason.

What do you dislike?

The pricing models on some of the offerings can be confusing on a good day, and down right frustrating otherwise.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just look at all of Amazons cloud services. They are the industry leader for a reason. HIGHLY recommend.

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

API publishing. I'd recommend Amazon to anyone, really any of their cloud offerings

CloudFront review by User in Computer Software
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"Super easy to set up"

What do you like best?

Super easy to understand and set up for everyone. Amazon provides enough documentation to help you out. Console is super friendly ui.

What do you dislike?

Can get quite expensive so choose your setting wisely when setting up.q

Recommendations to others considering the product

just be careful of the costs before implementing.

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

delivering media, s3 is not enough, its quite expensive plus can be latency. cloud front has lots of edge locations to eliminate the latency.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Health, Wellness and Fitness
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"Enjoyable Experience with AWS"

What do you like best?

Really enjoying using command-line python client, s3cmd to interface.

What do you dislike?

Tech support would be a big improvement. For example Google apps offers great tech support. For AWS, unless I missed something, the user is totally on our own.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stackoverflow is a good resource.

CloudFront review by Consultant in Music
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"Cloud front questionnaire"

What do you like best?

Integration with other AWS services and easy SSL integration.

What do you dislike?

I found it quite slow. It would often take several minutes for each operation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It didn't yet integrate with tools, e.g. Terraform, which is my preferred method of managing AWS infrastructure.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Food Production
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"Stable, fast and reliable service"

What do you like best?

Control panel, the simplicity of usage. You just upload your files, and they're distributed through CDN.

What do you dislike?

Invalidation user interface. Should be more in a way, that you're sure what are you exactly invalidating.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"I have a year"

What do you like best?

It easy setup and the service faster for your website

What do you dislike?

At the moment I have no idea, maybe I need Cloudfront deploy to faster for live site

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

I need my website loading faster images for the world, so that I try use Amazon Cloudfront and I realize it really fast

CloudFront review by User in Consumer Electronics
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"Works great, super featured"

What do you like best?

Does CDN very well. Integrates with Heroku.

What do you dislike?

Purging is troublesome. Hard to diagnose.

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

Serves our Rails app assets over CDN

CloudFront review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"Amazon cloudfront review"

What do you like best?

Ease of use.

Integrates with other AWS services.

Good documentation.

Customizable.

Dashboard for logs and reports.

What do you dislike?

Not much really ... it does what a CDN is supposed to do.

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

hosting CDN. Facing static website with S3 with cloudfront.

CloudFront review by Joe G.
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"Affordable and scalable CDN for video/images/rich media"

What do you like best?

We currently use Amazon Cloudfront to distribute a few videos on our website. After setting up the account, it was easy to start distributing our rich media.

What do you dislike?

Account set up was a bit arduous. There are a few steps to getting content up and running. Once everything is up, it's a breeze.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There's a misconception that CDN's aren't affordable. After evaluating and using both Akamai and Limelight, I was afraid that we'd be facing a steep price tag to stream simple videos. Not so. Amazon Cloudfront, for us, is less than $10 a month.

CloudFront review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Internet
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"Great tool"

What do you like best?

its every easy to use and comparable with other tools

What do you dislike?

takes a while to learn to use but once you get it its great

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

handing and storage of data

CloudFront review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Amazingly fast services"

What do you like best?

1. Excellent documentation

2, Developer friendly API

3. 1 year free service!

What do you dislike?

1. Knowledge(basics) of AWS stack is mendatory

2. Need better documentation for using console commands

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

Hosted site scripts on CloudFront decreased page load time and increased application speed.

CloudFront review by Executive Sponsor in Computer Networking
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

CloudFront has rich features to meet all my needs, and it's console is very easy to use. Its price is relatively low.

What do you dislike?

After I apply my config, it takes a long time to take effect

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

To speed up my website.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Computer & Network Security
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"Amazon CloudFront overall experience"

What do you like best?

The best fit for static content distribution World Wide availability is it so easy .

What do you dislike?

Update time when content change in the S3 buckets

Recommendations to others considering the product

Evaluate your CI and CD strategy well to avoid long waits times when delivering new content

CloudFront review by Administrator in Internet
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"A great solution"

What do you like best?

Setting up is quick and easy. Pairs really well with Amazon's other services like S3 and EC2. Documentation is complete and descriptive.

What do you dislike?

Amazon's API can be a little bit daunting. The console is pretty stiff and hard to get used to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When turning on your CDN, make sure to test your application across multiple browsers, in an environment similar to production.

CloudFront review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"A Complicated Admin Panel with Powerful Features"

What do you like best?

The amount of features that are available for my web apps.

What do you dislike?

How complicated the admin panel is and how hard it is to find what I'm looking for.

CloudFront review by User in Computer Software
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"Seamless Integration"

What do you like best?

AWS seamlessly integrates into the Amazon platform, and makes it a very easy to use and easy to integrate solution.

What do you dislike?

Lack of non-amazon support is lacking, so if you have a hybrid cloud, a lot of extraneous work is necessary.

Recommendations to others considering the product

AWS works great if you are in the EC2 space, this is an essential add-on for you.

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