Amazon Cloudfront

Looking for a tool that delivers your user files, apps, and APIs safely, with low latency and fast transmission rates? And all in a developer-friendly environment? CloudFront is your solution.

Amazon CloudFront is a fast content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency, high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment.

It’s a distributed network that consists of physical locations at edge locations, but to the customer, it is a cloud computing infrastructure that is easy to understand and use. Amazon CloudFront is a web service that speeds up distribution of your static and dynamic web content, such as .html, .css, .js, and image files, to your users. When a user requests content that you’re serving with CloudFront, the request is routed to the edge location that provides the lowest latency (time delay), so that content is delivered with the best possible performance.

Companies can use CloudFront for distributed videos and audio, but also for media-rich web applications, business dashboards, large amounts of data, or an API (Application Programming Interface). It’s suitable for both a small start up and major organisations distributing large video files around the world.

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CloudFront offers the most advanced security capabilities, including field level encryption and HTTPS support, seamlessly integrated with AWS ShieldAWS Web Application Firewall and Amazon Route 53 to protect against multiple types of attacks including network and application layer DDoS attacks. These services co-reside at edge networking locations – globally scaled and connected via the AWS network backbone – providing a more secure, performant, and available experience for your users.

CLOUDFRONT BENEFITS

  • Global Scaled Network for Fast Content Delivery
  • Highly Programmable and Secure Edge Computing
  • Deep Integration with AWS
  • Cost effective

For more information on the benefits of AWS CloudFront visit – https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/

USE CASES

Website Delivery and Security

Amazon CloudFront can speed up the delivery of your websites, whether its static objects (e.g., images, style sheets, JavaScript, etc.) or dynamic content (e.g., videos, audio, motion graphics, etc.), to viewers across the globe. The CDN offers a multi-tier cache by default that improves latency and lowers the load on origin servers when the object is not already cached at the Edge. With granular cache configuration controls, built-in capabilities such as gzip and brotli compression, access to geo-location headers, and edge compute capabilities, customers such as Amazon.com and Reach plc deliver content to millions of viewers. Integration with AWS Shield and WAF secures your website from network and application layer attacks while capabilities such as TLS 1.3 and Field-level Encryption offer improved security and performance.

Dynamic Content & API Acceleration

Accelerate and secure your dynamic content with Amazon CloudFront. Amazon CloudFront is used by customers, like Tinder and Slack, to secure and accelerate API calls as well as Websocket connections. CloudFront supports proxy methods (POST, PUT, OPTIONS, DELETE, and PATCH). TLS connections with clients terminate at a nearby edge location, and then CloudFront uses optimized network paths to securely reach your origins, with connection reuse available. If you use an AWS origin, traffic to the origin moves over AWS’s dedicated network backbone. AWS Shield and WAF protect your APIs at the CDN edge. Learn more about API Acceleration with CloudFront.

 

Live & On-demand Video Streaming

CloudFront is designed to handle your live and on-demand video workloads. Benefit from the globally scaled and performant AWS network, private backbone connectivity to your AWS origins, and integration with AWS and Elemental Media Services. Further optimize your content delivery with default mid-tier caching, Origin Shield architecture, and real-time monitoring. CloudFront supports multiple streaming formats, including Microsoft Smooth, HLS, HDS, or MPEG-DASH, to any device. Additionally, integration with Elemental MediaStore offers low-latency streaming for variety of sports, game streaming use cases. Learn more about CloudFront for Media & Entertainment capabilities.

Software Distribution, Game Delivery and IoT OTA

Amazon CloudFront scales automatically as your globally distributed clients download software updates. Software can be made available right at the edge in proximity to end-users, via the content delivery network. CloudFront’s high data transfer rates speed up the delivery of binaries, game patches, Internet of Things (IoT), and Over-the-air (OTA) updates – improving your customers experience cost effectively at scale.