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Amazon CloudFront is a global content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to your viewers with low latency and high transfer speeds. CloudFront is integrated with AWS – both physical locations that are directly connected to the AWS global infrastructure, as well as software that works seamlessly with services including AWS Shield for DDoS mitigation, Amazon S3, Elastic Load Balancing or Amazon EC2 as origins for your applications, and AWS Lambda to run custom code close to your viewers.

You can get started with CloudFront in minutes, using the same AWS tools you are already familiar with – APIs, AWS Management Console, AWS CloudFormation, CLIs, and SDKs. CloudFront offers a simple, pay-as-you-go pricing model with no upfront fees or required long-term contracts, and support for CloudFront is included in your existing AWS Support subscription.

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Global, Growing Network

Global, Growing Network

Amazon CloudFront is built on the expanding global AWS infrastructure that includes 44 Availability Zones within 16 geographic regions today, with announced plans for 14 more Availability Zones and five more Regions in China, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, and a second AWS GovCloud Region in the US. Amazon CloudFront also has 82 edge locations and 11 regional edge cache locations across 23 countries and 49 cities, helping ensure your applications deliver high availability, scalability, and performance for all of your customers from anywhere in the world. 

Secure Content at the Edge

Secure Content at the Edge

Amazon CloudFront is a highly secure CDN that provides both network and application level protection. All CloudFront customers benefit from the automatic protections of AWS Shield Standard, at no additional charge. CloudFront is also seamlessly integrated with AWS WAF and AWS Shield Advanced to help protect your applications from more sophisticated threats and DDoS attacks. CloudFront infrastructure and processes are all compliant with PCI, DSS, HIPAA, and ISO to ensure secure delivery of your most sensitive data. You can deliver your secure APIs or applications via SSL/TLS, and advanced SSL features are enabled automatically. You can use AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) to easily create as many custom SSL certificates as needed and immediately deploy them to your CloudFront distributions at no additional charge. ACM automatically handles certificate renewal, eliminating the overhead and costs of a manual renewal process.

Deep Integration with Key AWS Services

Deep Integration with Key AWS Services

In addition to integration with key security services, Amazon CloudFront is also deeply integrated and optimized to work with popular AWS services including Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), and Elastic Load Balancing as back-end origin resources and Amazon Route 53 to help speed up DNS resolution of applications delivered by CloudFront. Integration with AWS Lambda allows you to execute custom logic across the AWS global network without provisioning or managing servers, and integration with Amazon API Gateway helps further accelerate the delivery of your APIs.

High Performance

High Performance

Amazon CloudFront is optimized for low latency and high data transfer speeds. CloudFront’s intelligent routing is based on real-world latency measurements continuously gathered from popular Internet sites including Amazon.com. CloudFront is directly connected with hundreds of end-user ISPs and uses the AWS backbone network to accelerate the delivery of your content end-to-end. CloudFront also offers regional edge cache locations as part of the standard offering to ensure consistently high cache hit ratios across the globe.

Cost Effective

Cost Effective

Amazon CloudFront’s pricing is simple – you pay only for the data transfer and requests used to deliver content to your customers. With CloudFront, there are no upfront payments or fixed platform fees, no long-term commitments, no premiums for dynamic content, and no requirements for professional services to get started. If you use AWS origins such as Amazon S3 or Elastic Load Balancing, you don’t pay for any data transferred between these services and CloudFront. And best of all, you can get started with CloudFront for free.

Easy To Use

Easy To Use

All Amazon CloudFront features can be easily and programmatically configured using APIs or through the AWS Management Console. Deep integration with popular AWS security, storage, compute, and networking services allows you to easily leverage the full power of the AWS Cloud. Like other AWS services, CloudFront automatically scales to meet your needs and works with your existing AWS tools and resources such as AWS CloudFormation, AWS CLIs and SDKs, and AWS CloudWatch to monitor the performance of your Amazon CloudFront distributions.

Static Asset Caching

Amazon CloudFront can speed up the delivery of your static content (e.g., images, style sheets, JavaScript, etc.) to viewers across the globe. CloudFront offers a multi-tier cache by default, with regional edge caches that improve latency and lower the load on your origin servers when the object is not already cached at the edge. Caching static content gives you the performance and scale you need to give your viewers a fast and reliable experience when visiting your website. 

Live and On-Demand Video Streaming

Amazon CloudFront offers multiple options for streaming your media – both pre-recorded files and live events – at sustained, high throughput required for 4K delivery to global viewers. For on-demand streaming, you can use CloudFront for multi-bitrate adaptive streaming in Microsoft Smooth, HLS, HDS, or MPEG-DASH formats to any device. To broadcast a live stream, you can use CloudFront to cache the media fragments at the edge and collapse multiple requests for the manifest file to reduce load to your origin.

Security and DDoS Protection

Security is our top priority. CloudFront integrates seamlessly with AWS Shield for Layer 3/4 DDoS mitigation and AWS WAF for Layer 7 protection. In addition, CloudFront negotiates TLS connections with the highest security ciphers, and authenticates viewers with signed URLs. You can use as many custom SSL certificates as you need at no additional charge. CloudFront also integrates with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to control access, with AWS CloudTrail to log access to your configuration, and with Amazon Certificate Manager (ACM) for automated certificate renewals.

Dynamic and Customized Content

Amazon CloudFront has built-in network optimizations that help improve the performance, reliability, and global reach of the dynamic portions of your application that update frequently as well as content personalized to each viewer. CloudFront works seamlessly with your existing webservers running in Amazon EC2 or in your own datacenter, without the need to change your architecture or domain name. You can also offload custom logic as Lambda functions you execute globally in line with CloudFront requests or responses. Learn more about Lambda@Edge.

API Acceleration

Amazon CloudFront can be used to secure and accelerate your API calls. CloudFront supports proxy methods (POST, PUT, OPTIONS, DELETE, and PATCH) and is already integrated with Amazon API Gateway by default. With CloudFront, TLS connections with clients terminate at a nearby edge location, then CloudFront uses optimized AWS-backbone network paths to securely reach your API servers. Learn more about API Acceleration with CloudFront.

Software Distribution

Amazon CloudFront scales automatically as globally-distributed clients download software updates. You can make your software available right at the edge where your users are. CloudFront’s high data transfer rates speed up the delivery of your binaries, improving customer experience while lowering your costs.

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