Type of site
|Content Delivery Network (CDN)|
|Launched||November 18, 2008|
Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN) operated by Amazon Web Services. Content delivery networks were created to provide a globally-distributed network of proxy servers to cache content, such as web videos or other bulky media, more locally to consumers, to improve access speed for downloading the content.
CloudFront has servers located in Europe (United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain), Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India), Australia, South America, Africa, and several major cities in the United States. In November 2022, the service operated from 400 edge locations on six continents.
CloudFront operates on a pay-as-you-go basis.
CloudFront competes with larger CDNs, such as Akamai and Limelight Networks. Upon launch, Larry Dignan of ZDNet News stated that CloudFront could cause price and margin reductions for competing CDNs.
In October 2018, Amazon CloudFront consisted of 138 access points (127 edge locations and 11 regional edge caches) in 63 cities across 29 countries.
CloudFront allows users to enable or disable logging. If enabled, the logs are stored on Amazon S3 buckets which can then be analyzed. These logs contain useful information like:
These logs can be analyzed by using third-party tools such as S3Stat, Cloudlytics, Qloudstat, or AWStats.
To deliver content to end users with lower latency, Amazon CloudFront uses a global network of 410+ Points of Presence (400+ Edge locations and 13 regional mid-tier caches) in 90+ cities across 48 countries.