Networking & Content Delivery

Category: Amazon CloudFront

Using multiple content delivery networks for video streaming – part 1

Introduction Today, viewing video content is a prevalent form of online activity whether in entertainment, education, marketing, or information. For example, as a Solutions Architect at AWS, I tend to watch hours of video a week to learn about technologies, and I also leverage video content to convey ideas and best practices in a scalable […]

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Generating dynamic error responses in Amazon CloudFront with Lambda@Edge

Amazon CloudFront allows you to create custom error pages for specific HTTP status codes and to change response codes. CloudFront also offers origin failover capability, with which you can easily set up failover logic between combinations of AWS origins or non-AWS custom HTTP origins. This creates minimal interruption in your viewer’s experience. However, while these […]

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Authorization@Edge using cookies: Protect your Amazon CloudFront content from being downloaded by unauthenticated users

Enterprise customers who host private web apps on Amazon CloudFront may struggle with a challenge: how to prevent unauthenticated users from downloading the web app’s source code (for example, React, Angular, or Vue). In a separate blog post, you can learn one way to provide that security using Amazon Lambda@Edge and Amazon Cognito, with an example […]

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TCP BBR Congestion Control with Amazon CloudFront

One of the fundamental value propositions of a content delivery network (CDN) is performance.  Two of the key aspects of great performance are latency and throughput: that is, delivering a large volume of bits quickly and consistently.  These attributes play a critical role in content delivery of all kinds, from video streams to API calls.  […]

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Leveraging external data in Lambda@Edge

Introduction Lambda@Edge is a feature of Amazon CloudFront that allows developers to implement custom logic for manipulating HTTP request/response exchanges or generating responses on the fly with low latency. Lambda@Edge empowers our customers with a full programming language (Node.js) to implement advanced logic. While customers often write stateless logic that is fully contained in Lambda@Edge […]

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Four Steps for Debugging your Content Delivery on AWS

Introduction Werner Vogels, chief technology officer for AWS, has been quoted as saying: “Everything fails all the time.” Well, his quote applies as well to content delivery with Amazon CloudFront and Lambda@Edge. In content delivery, issues might occur in different places, for example: On your origin, when it returns HTTP 5xx errors On CloudFront, when […]

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Continually Enhancing Domain Security on Amazon CloudFront

Last year, a colleague of mine wrote a blog post about new security measures that Amazon CloudFront was implementing to enhance the security of how domains are used on CloudFront distributions. This included mitigations to prevent the abusive use of domain fronting practices by not allowing SSL handshake requests and subsequent requests over the secured […]

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Deliver Your App’s Dynamic Content Using Amazon CloudFront – Getting Started Template

Many websites and web applications serve a combination of static content—HTML, CSS, JPG, or other files that all end viewers can see—and dynamic content, which is personalized for each end viewer. Fortunately, Amazon CloudFront can serve both types of content, to reduce latency, protect your architecture, and optimize costs. In this post, we demonstrate how […]

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TrueCar’s Dynamic Routing with AWS Lambda@Edge

Introduction TrueCar is a digital automotive marketplace that provides comprehensive pricing transparency about what other people paid for their cars and enables consumers to engage with TrueCar Certified Dealers who are committed to providing a superior purchase experience. TrueCar operates its own branded site and a nationwide network of more than 15,000 Certified Dealers. TrueCar […]

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Aggregating Lambda@Edge Logs

Just as with AWS Lambda, Lambda@Edge supports logging to CloudWatch, which can help you to troubleshoot your Lambda function code or to log custom data that is not available in CloudFront access logs.  Lambda@Edge functions are replicated around the world so CloudFront can invoke them closer to your end viewers, and CloudWatch log files for […]

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