Media and Entertainment
Hulu is an American subscription video-on-demand service owned by Hulu LLC, a joint venture with The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, Comcast, and Time Warner. Running its live TV service on AWS’s reliable and secure infrastructure allows Hulu to deliver a great viewer experience, even in times of rapid spikes in viewership and traffic. Watch the keynote at the AWS Summit 2017 in New York >>
PBS, a private, non-profit corporation, provides content through television, the Web and mobile applications. PBS Interactive, the department responsible for PBS’ Internet and mobile presence, improved its video streaming performance by migrating to AWS to utilize the content delivery service Amazon CloudFront and increase its existing usage of Amazon S3. Learn more. >>
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video uses AWS to deliver solid streaming experience to more than 18 million football fans. The Prime Video team won the rights to stream NFL Thursday Night Football games in more than 200 countries. “The platform used to live stream Thursday Night Football takes advantage of several AWS services, including Amazon CloudFront, along with other third party CDNs to provide a low latency live stream to customers around the world. We reliably streamed live football to 18.4 million NFL fans worldwide.”
- BA Winston, Global Head of Digital Video Playback and Delivery, Amazon Video.
During the Royal Wedding in the UK, Sky News collaborated with Amazon Web Services and AWS partners GrayMeta and UI Centric to bring machine learning-enhanced live video at scale to 23 million Sky viewers. Sky News used the Amazon CloudFront content delivery network to unify the content for faster distribution to viewers. Read the blog. >>>
Dow Jones, a world-leading data, media and intelligence solutions provider with brands like Wall Street Journal and MarketWatch, has numerous enterprise applications that need to be protected from various web attacks. The company was looking for a solution to protect these properties, and to be more in control of their security. They looked into AWS to help secure their cloud right at the edge. “We are seeing tremendous performance benefits by using both Amazon CloudFront and Lambda@Edge as we are bringing content closer to the user. For our customers, every millisecond counts. In addition, with the use of Amazon CloudFront, AWS WAF, AWS Shield, and Amazon S3, we were able to significantly reduce vulnerabilities from the system."
- Kamal Verma, Senior Principal Engineer, Dow Jones
JioSaavn uses AWS to reliably stream audio and video to millions of subscribers throughout the world. The number one music streaming provider in India, the company is the largest Indian music streaming service and distributor of digital Bollywood music in the world. JioSaavn relies on Amazon CloudFront to securely deliver 15 petabytes of music and video to global customers every day. Watch the video. >>
Sua Música is Brazil’s largest regional music streaming service. On the Sua Música platform, singers make their music freely available to millions of fans around the country, and fans stay connected through Sua Música’s website, apps, and social networks. "AWS CloudFront and its on-demand flexibility empowers Sua Música to achieve our mission to develop, connect, and amplify the music universe. CloudFront allows us to maintain a worldwide distributed API and streaming platform with reliability, and helps us serve billions of requests each month so thousands of local bands in Brazil can distribute their content to millions of fans.”
- Rodrigo Amar, CEO of Sua Música
Ned Media Works
NED is a Chilean company simplifying the distribution of live and on-demand content and enabling the development of large-scale audiences for online video. With a motto of “upload once, distribute everywhere,” the platform has capacity for large inventory volumes and monetization capabilities. “Our experience working with Amazon CloudFront for our media and entertainment clients has been delightful. In addition to its ultra-competitive pricing, CloudFront’s integration with AWS’s vast quarry of resources has allowed us to successfully venture into new territories, such as server-side ad insertion, low-latency distribution, and robust anti-piracy protection with Lambda@Edge.”
- Cristobal Florenzano, CEO and founder of NED
French media company Groupe M6 is using Amazon CloudFront. “After testing a selection of CDNs for our video-on-demand needs, we selected Amazon CloudFront for the superior performances in terms of video start time, throughput, and the lower rebuffering rate. We love how easy it is to set up a distribution, having the full control over the features, as well as the seamless integration with other AWS services such as Amazon S3. On top of that, we like the security features in CloudFront such as the signed URL we use to secure the distribution of our content.”
- Yann Verry, System and Network Manager, Groupe M6
ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE
ProSiebenSat.1 Media is a Germany-based mass media company that reaches 45 million television households in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland every day with 14 free channels. ProSiebenSat.1 generates more than 1 billion video views per month with its online platforms. The company uses Amazon CloudFront to deliver both its live-streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) services. “ProSiebenSat.1 Media chose Amazon CloudFront primarily for the cost advantage the cloud service provides. With our digital VOD services for example, we reach around 1 million viewers daily and distribute more than 200 petabytes annually. Moving a majority of the traffic to CloudFront, our digital offerings decreased their operational costs by more than 50 percent. In particular, the cost-free exchange between Amazon S3 and CloudFront allowed savings in the six-digit range per year.”
- Boris Radke, CIO, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE
Future Sports Media
Future Sports Media is a technology provider based in Europe that serves the sports and media communities with software and online solutions for capturing, distributing, publishing, and monetizing the most exciting and valuable highlight moments from sporting events at any level. The company also creates professional-looking live-streaming productions via its unique, all-in-one, software-based, live-production tools. The company was founded in 2007. "We moved all our workloads to AWS. With that move, we have been able to cut costs, improve our software-development process, and innovate faster. At the same time, we have been able to improve the performance and stability of our products. The AWS Elemental MediaLive service was surprisingly easy and fast to set up. The use of MediaLive for our live encoding and Amazon CloudFront as our CDN for live streaming allows us to be at the absolute forefront of sports TV media tech."
- Stefan Felter, Founder and CEO, Future Sports Media.
Blue Billywig is a full-service online video platform that enables management, hosting, publishing, and analysis of video content. The platform offers a number of possibilities for videos, such as interactivity, personalization and 360-degree video. “As the supplier of a holistic online video platform capable of delivering linear, interactive, personalized, and data-driven video serving millions of videos per day, we needed a very scalable and fast content-delivery network. After comparing multiple CDNs, the integration of Amazon CloudFront with other AWS services—including Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2—gave us the final push, especially in combination with the competitive pricing. Since we’re growing so fast, we’re truly happy with the scalability—it gives us one less headache. After using Cloudfront as our CDN for years, we have the proof of the amazing reliability. We have seen years without any incident affecting availability so we know we’ll deliver our videos with the speed and reliability our customers have come to expect from us.”
- Jeroen Meeter, CEO, Blue Billywig.
Conde Nast Italia
Condé Nast Italia is the publisher behind some of most iconic brands in the world like Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Wired. Condé Nast Italia manages over 30 million unique users and 250 million page views per month. "The traffic on our websites and applications continues to grow rapidly so we needed a Content Delivery Network (CDN) that was able to scale up quickly, was easy to use, and last but not least, secure. That’s why we use Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 to front our websites and content stored on Amazon S3. Like the famous song says, CloudFront is "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger!”
- Marco Vigano, Digital CTO at Condé Nast Italia.
TVNZ is New Zealand’s leading free-to-air TV provider, bringing news and entertainment coverage to more than two million New Zealanders every day through TVNZ 1, TVNZ 2, TVNZ DUKE, online entertainment destination TVNZ OnDemand, and 1 NEWS NOW. Development Manager Andrew Blakey shares how TVNZ delivered robust coverage for the live streaming of the XXI Commonwealth Games to more than three million viewers in New Zealand using Amazon CloudFront and AWS Elemental. Watch the video. >>
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a leader in nonfiction media, reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 218 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 155 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as US joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. Discovery uses Amazon CloudFront for static, dynamic and API delivery. Learn more. >>
Twipe Mobile is a Belgium-based publishing platform that distributes digital editions of newspapers including Ouest France, Berliner Zeitung, and Le Monde to mobile devices. Every morning, when customers want to read their daily edition, the Twipe Mobile platform needs to scale and deliver content quickly. Twipe Mobile relies on AWS and Amazon CloudFront to help it handle more than 100,000 requests per minute during this peak, with fast response times, while keeping costs under control.
“We are extremely pleased with the performance, security, and ease of use that CloudFront offers for downloading publications to different devices and within web applications,” says Danny Lein, CEO and founder at Twipe Mobile. “With fewer errors and fast response times, CloudFront delivers a great experience to the readers who are located in multiple countries. That’s very important for the success of our business.”
Digital De Agostini
Digital De Agostini – an arm of De Agostini Editore, an Italian holding company—creates and runs thematic television, streaming, and video-on-demand (VOD) channels with a focus on original IP. When Digital De Agostini began considering AWS, it was seeking to optimize costs, reduce time to market, restrict access to content to specific geographies, and enable live streaming for TV channels. The company uses Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to host its video content and Amazon CloudFront (CloudFront) to deliver content to its ever-growing audience.
This architecture allows Digital De Agostini to iterate quickly, as it can store as much video content as needed in Amazon S3 without worrying about provisioning servers. Access to APIs and a simple-to-use dashboard mean the company can be more agile as it serves new content. "Amazon CloudFront helps us a lot in delivering our content in a scalable and secure way,” says Emanuele Brunelli, CTO at Digital De Agostini. Amazon CloudFront enables Digital De Agostini to deliver streams to large audiences while geoblocking users from unwanted countries. CloudFront also handles scaling of delivery and ensures Amazon S3 buckets are not overloaded with requests, which has resulted in almost 100 percent uptime. Digital De Agostini did this while reducing IT and maintenance costs by 60 percent and delivering content to viewers faster.
Bambuser provides live mobile video-broadcasting tools and applications its customers can use to create, manage, and distribute mobile video, audio, and photo content live and in high definition. “To meet their business objectives, our customers need their video broadcast latency to be extremely low—as close to real time as possible,” says Niclas Snellman, vice president of engineering. Bambuser uses Amazon CloudFront to offer low video-broadcast latency to organizations and app developers around the world, not just in Scandinavia and Europe. Learn more. >>
Content Alliance Platform (CAP)-POOQ provides real-time broadcasting and VOD services, including more than 70 premium channels, over 200,000 VODs, and various movies in Korea. The company uses Amazon CloudFront to deliver video content as the CDN service dynamically scales for live and on-demand viewing. Learn more. >>
“On the Italian election day, Repubblica was able to handle 12.6 million browsers, over 80 million pages, and 18.8 million visits with the help of AWS. We used services such as Amazon S3 and Amazon CloudFront for scalable and secure content delivery.”
- Luigi Lobello, Digital CTO at GEDI Digital
Blockbuster, owned by the Danish TDC Group, provides streaming movies and TV series to viewers in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. It offers transactional video-on-demand services that allow consumers to pay a fee to access content. The service has hundreds of thousands of subscribers. The company uses Amazon CloudFront, a content delivery network that speeds up the distribution of web content and adds security with DDoS protection as standard. Using AWS Lambda, Blockbuster runs serverless compute processes across AWS Regions and Amazon CloudFront edge locations (using Lambda@Edge) without provisioning or managing servers. Learn more. >>
Haystack TV is a local and world news video service for internet-connected televisions, and comes preloaded on 37 percent of TVs shipped in the United States. Its product empowers users to watch the news they care about using a personalized, headline-news channel. Haystack TV uses Amazon Cloudfront to serve up video across a variety of TV platforms, from more than 150 content partners including CBS, Bloomberg, AP, Hearst, and other TV stations nationwide. “We deliver video on demand (VOD) to internet-connected TVs, phones and computers, all in HD. As consumer demand for our product is growing quickly, we chose Amazon CloudFront because we needed a fast CDN that scales, along with great price-performance. The seamless integration with Amazon S3 and Amazon Route 53 made the implementation easy for us, so that we could focus on our business."
- Daniel Barreto, CEO, Haystack TV
Kinow is a cloud-native startup with a comprehensive video-platform solution for media companies, broadcasters, and operators who provide over-the-top (OTT) content and manage up to millions of paying customers and subscribers. Kinow selected Amazon CloudFront because of the number of features that come with the service for free, the availability of the service in Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa with no lag for viewers, and the customer support. "There are two areas that are critical for us and that set Amazon CloudFront apart: security and customer obsession. To protect the video content, we use CloudFront signed cookies with temporary token and KMS to encrypt HLS video. The use of active HTTP 2.0 gives us lots of flexibility thanks to the [free] SSL certificates. And Amazon CloudFront is the only CDN that provides visibility into each customer’s individual use. We are using the Cloudwatch API to automate and generate the bills for each of our customers. It saves us a lot of time."
- Philippe Sang, cofounder and CTO, Kinow
“We selected Amazon CloudFront as our CDN because we can deliver high-quality HLS video at a high bit rate to more than 87 countries. With the 'pay-as-you-go' model for CloudFront we control our spending, and using Amazon CloudFront ended up being six times cheaper than another CDN vendor. We are also using Lambda@Edge to provide the best user experience possible, as we can direct the traffic to the nearest bucket to our audience. Viewers enjoy a smooth playback quality. This capability was implemented, tested, and deployed in just one week.”
- Cedric Monnier, Founder and CEO, Okast
Sony DADC New Media Solutions (NMS) distributes hundreds of thousands of hours of video content monthly, spins up data analytics, renders solutions in days instead of months, and saves millions of dollars in hardware refresh costs by going all in on AWS. The organization distributes and delivers content to film studios, television broadcasters, and other providers across the globe. The company uses Amazon CloudFront as its global content delivery network (CDN) service to accelerate content delivery to NMS customers. Learn more. >>
NASA, America's space agency, did the first-ever 4K live stream from space during the 2017 NAB show super session using Amazon CloudFront. Watch the recording. >>
Hudl ingests and encodes more than 39 hours of video every minute, boosts video upload speeds by 20 percent, and improves data analysis using AWS. Hudl is a software company that provides a video and analytics platform for coaches and athletes to quickly review game footage to improve team play. The company runs its video platform and data-analysis solutions on the AWS Cloud, using Amazon ElastiCache for Redis to provide millions of coaches and sports analysts with near-real-time data feeds to help drive their teams to victory. Learn more. >>
Spuul streams Indian movies and television shows to viewers over the web and generates revenue from paid subscriptions and advertising. The company needed a cost-effective infrastructure that could stream high-resolution video to users in several countries and scale based on the number of movies or TV shows streamed to users. The company chose Amazon CloudFront to deliver video content globally with low latency. Learn more. >>
Sobey, a professional broadcast solutions provider based in Mainland China, uses different AWS regions to support content collection, editing & broadcasting to create a Unified Content Platform. AWS helps Sobey to reduce the cost, improve customer experience by not having to guess capacity using a combination of AWS services, including Amazon CloudFront. Watch the 'This is My Architecture' video. >>
Reach, a London based publisher, uses Amazon CloudFront to deliver news to millions of customers.
“We’ve been able to move more quickly because a broader range of people have been able to work at the CDN layer. Relying on Amazon CloudFront, we can iterate faster on features at the CDN layer. Previously, we made manual changes many times when we wanted to make a configuration change. Moving to Amazon CloudFront solved that problem, because we were able to build fully automated pipelines. Now our developers can submit pull requests, review the changes, and push them into production on their own without asking our platform operations team to do it. This means we can move faster when we make any configuration changes at the CDN layer of our websites.”
Michael Smith, Principal Engineer - Reach plc
“Radio Dimensione Suono (RDS) is one of the 3 most listened radios in Italy. As with all other AWS services, using Amazon CloudFront is very simple and reliable. Everything works perfectly, leaving us free to focus on creating applications and services. We are extremely satisfied with the performance and ease of use offered by CloudFront for streaming video to different devices. CloudFront provides our users with a great experience, and this is very important for the success of our business.”
- Andrea Giovagnoni, CTO, RDS
"Amazon CloudFront gives us improved latency and performance, so we can send content through the fastest possible networks to give our users the best possible experience when they use our services...We created software on AWS that automates captioning for German parliamentary sessions, which saves us at least 10 hours per week. Now, we can quickly add timecodes and subtitles to those broadcasts in less than 24 hours because of the automation we can achieve on AWS."
- Michael Westphal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TV1.EU
As Norway's largest commercial group of radio stations, we use Amazon Web Services for many key business functions such as the production and distribution of eight national radio stations, podcasts, and on demand audio. We’re especially satisfied as an audio company using AWS CloudFront for its content caching capabilities and lightning fast delivery of large amounts of data and audio from edge server positions around the world. The flexibility and scalability of AWS has helped us develop and innovate our infrastructure, content production, media storage, online distribution, and data management faster and more future-proof than before.
- Rune Hafskjær, Chief Digital Officer, P4 Group
King Digital Entertainment PLC
King builds socially connected, cross-platform games that run equally well on the web and mobile devices, allowing their users to pick up the nearest convenient device and resume playing while maintaining their progression in the games. The goal is to let users connect and play anywhere, at any time, on any device. King uses Amazon CloudFront to serve game content to a world-wide audience. Learn more from Jeff Barr's blog. >>
Finland-based Rovio Entertainment is the entertainment media company behind such games as Angry Birds, Bad Piggies, Angry Birds Star Wars I & II, and The Croods. Angry Birds became a sensation a few months after its release, and the games are now some of the most popular of all time with more than 1.7 billion downloads globally. The Toons channel—Rovio’s video streaming service—generates more than 100 million views each month and delivers high-quality family entertainment that can be accessed directly in the game. “We love using Amazon CloudFront as it helps reduce latencies in API usage, and with the integration of AWS Shield and AWS WAF we get strong DDoS protection at the first connection point outside our VPC. We are also future-proofing our stack as Cloudfront provides HTTP/2 and IPv6 support right out of the box.”
-Mika Linnanoja, Senior Continuous Integration Engineer
The Finnish game company Supercell uses AWS to manage the growth of its wildly popular tablet and mobile games Hay Day and Clash of Clans. With more than 8.5 million daily players, Supercell uses Amazon CloudFront to deliver dynamic web content around the world, using edge locations for improved latency. Learn more. >>
Bandai Namco Studios Inc.
Bandai Namco Studios Inc. began as an independent offshoot of Bandai Namco Games Inc. in Japan. The company develops arcade games, platform-specific software, and social and mobile games. The organization is using Amazon CloudFront as its Content Delivery Network (CDN). Learn more. >>
CCP is a leading independent game developer, creator of the critically acclaimed space MMO EVE Online that has been praised for its artistry, game design and unique player-driven, infinitely scalable storytelling narratives. CCP uses Amazon CloudFront to deliver on-demand game services, including the EVE Online client, application updates and game graphics to its global player base. “Amazon CloudFront is an awesome and scalable CDN for our players to experience low-latency access to game assets. The seamless integration with other AWS services used by CCP—including Amazon S3, Amazon Route 53, and AWS Lambda—provides additional benefits by simplifying the operational stack and improving performance levels.”
- Ólafur Ingþórsson, Head of I&O and Infosec, CCP Games
Directive Games is made of a team of veteran game developers, focused on developing competitive online game experiences and the technology that drives them. “We use Amazon CloudFront to serve AR/VR game content to a world-wide audience. CloudFront seamlessly integrates with the rest of AWS and allows us to be very efficient in the ways we develop, deploy, and manage our Kaleo SAAS platform.”
- Andreas Axelsson, Technical Director, Directive Games
Lockwood Publishing is the independent game studio behind Avakin Life, a rapidly growing 3D virtual and social world for mobile. The studio was awarded “Best Large Indie Studio” and “Game of the Year” at the TIGA Awards in 2018. Avakin Life has more than five million monthly active users and more than 41 million downloads from all over the world, all of which rely on rapid delivery of game assets to users' mobile devices. "Amazon CloudFront's huge number of edge locations is perfect for our geographically diverse user base, ensuring users are always close to our game content and have the best experience. We also really like innovating with various AWS services. For example, we use Amazon CloudFront, Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB and AWS Lambda to implement a scalable image-storage system that creates thumbnails of user-submitted images and allows secure access to images by dynamically signed URLs."
- Alex Herington, DevOps Engineer, Lockwood Publishing
Pretty Simple Games
Pretty Simple is a gaming studio based in France. The startup has 500 million players worldwide, and more than two million players play games such as Criminal Case every day. Pretty Simple uses Amazon CloudFront to deliver a new episode every week to players' phones, tablets, and computers. "For a gaming startup, lowering costs is vital. We chose Amazon CloudFront because of the global infrastructure. We don't need to worry about the infrastructure or have system administrators. With this serverless architecture, we can focus on what we do best: create games and stories."
- Mathieu Garaud, CTO, Pretty Simple
Based in Copenhagen, MovieStar Planet develops and runs interactive social networks aimed at tweens—young people between the ages of 8 and 15. It has 10 million monthly active users and more than 250 million registered users. MovieStar Planet is using Amazon CloudFront for secure, global distribution of content. Learn more. >>
“Nordcurrent is an international publisher and developer of free-to-play and casual games for smartphones, tablets and PC/Mac. Established in 2002, Nordcurrent is best known for a hit game Cooking Fever, which is available on all mobile platforms and PC, and has been downloaded by almost 200 million users. Other recent Nordcurrent games include Sniper Arena and Murder in the Alps. Amazon CloudFront fully offloads game servers and we can use them for more game specific features like game logic and user profile saving. With Amazon CloudFront, players’ waiting time has also been reduced by x3 to x10 times and users can play our games using cellular networks before getting additional data. This is faster and cheaper both for users and for us.”
- Andrej Cybulskij, CTO, Nordcurrent
Softgames is one of the world’s largest HTML5 game developers, with more than 400 games produced in-house, including hits like Garden Tales and Candy Match, available to players around the world. To ensure a seamless experience for players, Softgames turned to Amazon Web Services (AWS), leveraging Amazon Cloudfront as its developer-friendly content delivery network service.
“Amazon CloudFront has been a huge part of the success we had in distributing games to our more than 30 million active players, allowing us to reliably and securely serve content to users no matter where they are, with record low latency. And, with new titles being developed constantly, new content pushed to Amazon CloudFront waiting to be served each week, and a user base increasing on a daily basis, we are confident that we found a good provider in AWS to support our growth."
- Valentin Simion, Senior Game Producer of SOFTGAMES - Mobile Entertainment Services
TrueCar is a digital automotive marketplace that provides comprehensive pricing transparency about what other people paid for their cars while enabling consumers to engage with TrueCar Certified Dealers who are committed to providing a superior purchase experience. TrueCar, based in Santa Monica, California, operates its own branded site, and its nationwide network of more than 14,000 certified dealers also powers car-buying programs for some of the largest U.S. membership and service organizations, including USAA, AARP, American Express, AAA, and Sam's Club. The company uses Amazon CloudFront for faster delivery of automobile images to users. Learn more. >>
Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 70 markets nationwide and partnered with retailers across the United States, including popular national chains (Whole Foods Market, Costco, Petco) as well as local, regional grocers (Publix, Wegmans). By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. The startup uses Amazon CloudFront for its Content Delivery Network (CDN). “We love the way CloudFront seamlessly integrates with the rest of AWS and allows us to be very efficient in the ways we develop, deploy, and manage our infrastructure." Udi Nir, VP of Engineering, Instacart.
The Amazon Fresh team built a product selection workflow solution on AWS. This event-driven, serverless architecture leverages Amazon CloudFront, Lambda, S3, API Gateway, WAF, Cognito, and other services. By adopting AWS, Amazon Fresh is now able to iterate more quickly, reduce operational overhead, and ultimately improve product selection for Amazon Fresh customers. Watch the video. >>
Kelkoo is an e-commerce site based in France that serves 22 countries and manages up to 10 million requests per hour. "Amazon CloudFront stands out with all the features that are available at no additional cost," says Stephane Bouhet, senior engineering manager and project leader at Kelkoo. "We use Amazon CloudFront to distribute all the static and dynamic assets. The most important use case for us is for the product images and logos. We can get the URL from the vendors, resize the images on the fly, and serve them up to the final customer at low latency. We also love being able to get access to logs as we can track the impressions without having to use an API from the publishers. Lastly, with the integration of Amazon CloudFront with AWS Shield, we can protect our assets from DDoS attacks." Kelkoo is now also using Lambda@Edge for URL re-writes, allowing the company to identify URL patterns and redirect from one pattern to another.
Vivino is the biggest wine community in the world. By simply scanning a wine label, users get information such as the price, where they can buy the wine, and how it is rated by other users. It is the most downloaded mobile wine app in the world, helping people across the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia easily find a wealth of information about wine. Users can buy wine via the site or the app through the firm’s partners. The startup uses Amazon CloudFront for faster user access. Learn more. >>
Using AWS, Digital Foodie helps retailers satisfy the growing demand for online grocery shopping, while reducing infrastructure costs by up to 30 percent. The startup uses Amazon CloudFront to help ensure highly secure connectivity for client apps, the platform, and customer integrations. Learn more. >>
Artfinder is an online marketplace where artists can sell directly to customers, no matter what their taste. The startup based in the UK uses Amazon CloudFront to deliver bandwidth-heavy images from locations near its users. “Rolling out our service in the U.S. didn’t present us with any real technical challenges,” says David Tilleyshort, CTO. “Tools like Amazon CloudFront let us keep a good user experience, which wouldn’t be possible in a non-cloud world.” Learn more. >>
Brazilian website WebMotors hosts about 200,000 classified ads for new and used vehicles each month. The company uses Amazon CloudFront to transmit content while improving performance by 45%, saving $100,000, and enabling it to scale up to support more than 20 million unique visitors per month. Watch the video to learn more. >>
TicketLeap is a lightweight online ticketing platform used by thousands of event organizers across the US and Canada. Through one unified system, organizers can sell tickets, track sales in real time and get people talking via social media about events before they happen. The company works with events in a wide range of industries, including haunted houses, community theaters, nightlife parties, and student activities events. Learn more. >>
Slack provides a messaging platform that integrates with and unifies a wide range of communications services such as Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Jira, GitHub, MailChimp, Trello, and Stripe. Major brand-name customers include Adobe, Samsung, Intuit, NASA, Dow Jones, eBay, and Expedia. Slack uses Amazon CloudFront for secure API acceleration. Watch the video to learn more. >>
India-based startup ShareChat is a social networking app that enables users to share content in their own language, follow local celebrities, and expand their network. Today, the app has around six million active users—a figure that is doubling every four months. ShareChat recently announced a US$18 million funding round, which increased its total funding to US$23.35 million. The startup uses Amazon CloudFront to distribute messaging traffic at low latency and with the highest data-transfer speed possible. Read the full case study. >>
Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods founded in San Francisco in 2010, allows its members to connect and communicate about the things that matter most in their communities. Content ranges from notices of annual block parties to babysitter recommendations to warnings about suspicious activity. The startup uses Amazon CloudFront for fast content delivery and for fast software builds deployements. Watch the keynote at the 2017 AWS Summit. >>
Kik Interactive's messaging service, Kik Messenger, is used by more than 275 million subscribers, mostly in the U.S. Kik also offers developer tools that allow organizations to optimize and distribute their web content to subscribers on its platform. Kik uses Amazon CloudFront to deliver a fast, responsive service experience for subscribers. Learn more. >>
Oasis.com is an online dating service based in Sydney, Australia. The service has more than 9 million members worldwide in markets as diverse as Australia, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom. Oasis.com uses Amazon S3 and Amazon CloudFront to streamline the management of 57 million member images. Learn more. >>
DataDome is a software as a service (SaaS) cybersecurity solution for web and mobile applications that analyzes and manages non-human traffic in real time. DataDome uses Lambda@Edge and Amazon CloudFront to make its bot-mitigation cybersecurity solution available in one click. Lambda@Edge is a serverless computing service, executing code with event triggers and automatically managing resources needed to execute the code. The DataDome dashboard provides companies with detailed analytics on bot traffic for websites and APIs, and provides one-click bot-by-bot blocking/unblocking to fine tune user and online-database security.
Before using Lambda@Edge, DataDome customers had to set up a server-side module—along with a JS tag in the HTML code—to activate bot protection. Lambda@Edge allows customers to eliminate this step, simplifying the onboarding process. Users can now activate DataDome in fewer than two minutes with just one click, enabling them to protect their website, content, users, and API at “the edge.”
DataDome deployed its solution across AWS edge locations globally, making sure customers around the world get optimal latency. “Thanks to Lambda@Edge and CloudFront, DataDome simplified the onboarding process for our customers, who can activate our bot protection in one click in their AWS console. We made our service available globally by deploying our solution across AWS edge locations. Integrating Lambda@Edge and CloudFront also allowed our company—based in France—to gain a global reach.” Benjamin Fabre, DataDome co-founder & CTO.
eVitamins is a health and beauty online retailer that ships thousands of orders daily to 85 countries worldwide. Carrying more than 25,000 items, eVitamins supplies over 600 different manufacturers. eVitamins benefits from the integration of Amazon CloudFront with the AWS WAF Security Automations solution for its website security. Learn more. >>
VTEX provides a SaaS (software as a service) e-commerce platform that contains all the technology needed for retailers to sell online. The platform is built on the AWS Cloud, with 70 microservices and APIs performing more than 40 independent functions. VTEX serves more than 1,500 clients across 16 countries and uses AWS to provide the performance needed to meet growing customer demand. "CloudFront’s reliability and performance have been essential in our strategy to accelerate the commerce transformation of global corporations. The easy integration with other AWS services and the security CloudFront brings to users and services made it the right choice to deliver data to VTEX’s customers. In the beginning, we thought of CloudFront as a way to reduce data-transfer-object costs, but now we see that AWS's content delivery network has a fundamental role in our operation, by reducing latency and improving perimeter security,” says Carlos Eduardo Monteiro, product manager at VTEX.
Ogury is a mobile data company that provides insights into global user behavior across both apps and mobile web. The company's services help app publishers monetize their apps and help marketers target the right audiences on mobile. Ogury is using Amazon CloudFront to secure and accelerate the delivery of ads to 400 million mobile users worldwide. "We love how Amazon CloudFront is simple to use and deploy. We also can securely collect user data by using the HTTPS connection. We can do this much faster, and by using CloudFront, we were able to reduce our bills since the SSL handshake needs to happen only once," says Olivier Bazoud, head of infrastructure at Ogury. "Ogury is also starting to use Lambda@Edge to protect certain webpages and enable user authentication close to the user, with better security and lower latency."
my6sense is a programmatic, white-label native advertising platform that allows ad networks, media groups, publishers, demand-side platforms, and supply-side platforms to add end-to-end native advertising solutions to their applications and platforms. In the world of digital marketing and advertising, latency is paramount, as most advertisements need be served within 100 milliseconds of the initial ad request. my6sense uses Amazon CloudFront—a content delivery network built for global, scalable delivery of static and dynamic content—to serve both static creative content and dynamic content from its client-side header-bidding application. “When we moved our client-side header-bidding traffic from [Elastic Load Balancing] to Amazon CloudFront, we decreased the overall latency of serving our ads by 25 percent and saved 80 percent on our data-transfer-out costs. This reduction in latency gives us more time to process a request and ensure the end user views the ad. This results in both a better user experience for ad viewers and more value for our advertisers. With more savings on our data transfer, we can now reinvest in key differentiators in our bidding application.” -Aviad Sharfshtein, vice president of research & development, my6sense.
InfoSpace, a subsidiary of Blucora, is a leading provider of metasearch and monetization solutions for customers and partners worldwide.The company blends top search results from Google, Yahoo! and other popular search engines to deliver relevant results for customers, such as Publishers Clearing House, Info.com and Iminent, as well as its own branded search sites, which include Dogpile, MetaCrawler, and WebCrawler. InfoSpace uses Amazon CloudFront as its content delivery network (CDN). Learn more. >>
Fender Digital is a new division making apps, websites, platforms and tools to compliment the guitars, amps and audio gear that Fender makes. Their mobile subscription based app Fender Play, allows any person to learn how to play a guitar or Ukulele by leveraging AWS serverless technologies like AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon CloudFront. Watch the video. >>
Desire2Learn (D2L) is a software company that makes learning experiences better. The company’s cloud-based platform, Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, K-12, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. D2L uses Amazon CloudFront as its global content delivery network (CDN) for all applications. Learn more. >>
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to computer programming education. The organization offers coding programs and tutorials on its website and advocates for computer science curriculum with federal and local organizations. Code.org uses Amazon CloudFront to deliver content from AWS edge locations to users, allowing for further reduction of load on front-end servers. Learn more. >>
Intuit is a leading provider of financial management software for consumers, small businesses, and accounting professionals. The company is using Amazon CloudFront for its content delivery network (CDN). Watch the video to learn more. >>
Intuit Mint is a free personal financial management service used by more than six million consumers in the United States and Canada. The service connects a customer’s financial information—such as bank accounts, credit cards and bills—and presents the information in a single place. The organization employs Amazon CloudFront, a global content-delivery network (CDN) service designed to speed the delivery of websites and other web assets, to deliver its content. Learn more. >>
Macquarie is a diversified financial group based in Australia providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. Macquarie Bank has transformed their DEFT digital platform. DEFT is a payment and account receivable platform that processes millions of transactions & billions of dollars per year. This system evolved from an architecture based on Amazon ELB and Amazon EC2 to a serverless architecture largely at the edge, leveraging Amazon S3, AWS Lambda@Edge, Amazon CloudFront, AWS WAF and AWS Shield. Watch the 'This is My Architecture' video.>>
ME Bank is a fully-fledged retail bank headquartered in Melbourne. The company manages $20 billion in assets and has 800 employees who support 280,000 customers around Australia. Unlike traditional banks, ME Bank services its customers through digital channels, and via workplace and mobile bankers. The organization uses Amazon CloudFront, a global content-delivery network (CDN) service to deliver data for its advertising campaigns. Learn more. >>
Health and Life Sciences
Allergan is a global pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing, and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals, devices, and biologic products for patients around the world. The company has migrated more than 400 marketing websites and applications from a traditional hosting provider to AWS. The Amazon CloudFront CDN service was a game-changer, allowing Allergan to migrate from the expensive Akamai CDN. Allergan uses Amazon CloudFront global content delivery network (CDN) to enable strong website performance. Learn more. >>
Marriott International, Inc. is a global leading lodging company with more than 6,500 properties in 127 countries and territories. Marriott wanted to create a simple yet effective video delivery solution that would enable its employees around the world to watch a live stream of the Awards of Excellence (AOE) ceremony honoring noteworthy employees. The solution leverages Amazon CloudFront global content delivery network (CDN) for an efficient delivery of both the website and video worldwide. Marriott is also using AWS Elemental Media Services and several other AWS services. Learn more. >>
Canon’s Office Imaging Products division benefits from faster development times, lower costs, and global reach by using AWS to deliver cloud-based services such as Mobile Print. The Office Imaging Products division uses Amazon CloudFront global content delivery network (CDN) to enable better user experience. Watch the video. >>
NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. The organization uses Amazon CloudFront to serve content. “Amazon CloudFront is a powerful tool. We were able to serve up our pages much faster to our users and we had peace of mind, all at a low cost. It is in our toolbox now. We plan to use it this spring for the Storm Prediction Center.” Cameron Shelton, Director of Service Delivery, NOAA. Read the blog post. >>
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is the premier NASA center for the robotic exploration of space. JPL has sent a robot to every planet in the solar system. NASA/JPL is also leading the way in the adoption of cloud computing across the federal government. Amazon CloudFront is also used to spread traffic to points of presence around the world, thereby reducing latency for international visitors and improving the overall scalability of their web hosting and live streaming. Watch the video. >>
Mapbox can collect 100 million miles of telemetry data every day using AWS. Mapbox provides an open-source mapping platform for custom designed maps that serve more than 250 million end users across 11 countries. The company uses Amazon CloudFront for fast content delivery. Watch the video. >>
Aerobotics, a startup based in South Africa, offers on-demand drone and satellite analytics to promote healthier farming. "We have been using Amazon CloudFront to deliver our applications to farmers all over the world. Given that we typically serve data in the order of gigabytes, CloudFront has enabled us to roll this out efficiently and quickly. Serving a lot of customers in South Africa, the Edge locations in Africa mean our local client base will be able to access their farm data even faster than before." -Benji Meltzer, Chief Technology Officer, Aerobotics.
Earth Networks provides consumers and businesses weather and atmospheric data. Millions of users turn to the company’s WeatherBug products, which include mobile and desktop apps and the website weatherbug.com.
Earth Networks uses a CDN so that they can provide dynamic and personalized web based content quickly to their users with very low latency and high performing response times. Specifically, they need to be able to provide local information to the end user, in near real time, and need a CDN that allows them to adjust things like time to live, query strings, and cookie information so that they can pass all that information back to the origin to pull just what the user needs.
“As a provider of weather information at the neighborhood level, there’s no way we could use a CDN that did not provide us with both dynamic content and the ability to optimize under things such as query strings, cookies and low TTLS. Our use case spans the entire array of features that CloudFront provides,” says Andy Rosenbaum, Director of Web and Desktop Development at Earth Networks - WeatherBug. “One of the challenges we had with our previous CDN is that we needed to have code written that was specific to that CDN, which caused our development costs to be higher. We were able to achieve the same level of performance without having to write customized code. We’re seeing about a 50% reduction in cost with an equivalent baseline in performance that we saw with our previous CDN and ultimately we’re anticipating about 20% reduction in Amazon EC2 origin instances under CloudFront.” Watch the video. >>
"Wieni is a Belgium based digital agency working for big media organizations. They design and develop web applications that excel in peak performance and user experience. Amazon CloudFront is an essential part in every application they build. CloudFront helps their clients with database driven content websites to deliver HTML, css, js, images and videos close and with low latency to the end user, and at the same time handle sudden large traffic spikes with ease. Wieni runs 600+ distributions with quite complex cache behaviors, frequently use web application firewalls (via AWS WAF), and use Lambda@Edge for serverless scripting close to the end user. Wieni provides live streaming for some of their clients which is a no-frills setup within CloudFront. We've chosen CloudFront for its dense network of edges and edge caches in Europe, for the foolproof integration with other AWS services, for the ease of setup (which we do exclusively through infrastructure-as-code with AWS Cloudformation), for the free SSL/TLS certificates via AWS Certificate Manager and lastly for the extensive monitoring and logging that helps us track down bottlenecks and malicious behavior.”
- Hans Vanderstraeten CTO of Wieni
"Vilynx is a SaaS based company focused on using machine learning technology to help the top media companies better leverage their video assets. Vilynx provides a self learning AI based platform that enables products like recommendations, preview generation, and discovery tools which drive viewership and insights. AWS CloudFront enabled Vilynx to address a key issue in the deployment of services to their broadcast customers. AWS was a best in class CDN solution that scaled seamlessly as Vilynx quickly ramped their customers."
Elisenda Bou, CTO & Co-Founder - Vilynx
“LoopSign is a SaaS digital signage solution which streams it’s content to different brands of signage screens. After comparing leading cloud providers, we found AWS to have the most favorable offering, both in terms of performance, stability, and price. Especially since content (Images and MP4) is streamed to endpoints all over the world, we found AWS CloudFront to be in a class of its own. By utilizing the possibilities in AWS, we have totally eliminated any issues regarding scalability and cost control.”
Tom-Erik Blix, CTO - Loop24