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What is the main benefit of CloudFront?

What is the main benefit of CloudFront
Written by Madhuri Boinwad

Establishing its own Content Delivery Network previously was exceedingly uncommon for any business due to its high expenses and sophisticated IT infrastructure. Only a few big companies could deliver content on schedule. The alternatives for this content delivery were very limited, whether it was for a move transmission around the world to employees in a distant office or a gaming network with participants from various locations, or be the music streaming software. Few people could afford to build a CDN, let alone maintain it, keep it up to date with technical advances, and protect it. 

But now, AWS on the other hand has aided many users in requesting data, leading to reduced latency, low network traffic, and rapid data access at a reasonable cost. As a result, it has become a highly popular network. AWS Cloudfront is a cloud-based content delivery network (CDN) that is open to any organization, large or small. It was first released in beta form in 2008 became fully operational by 2009. Without the difficulties of establishing infrastructure, a company could sign up easily for AWS and utilize it in minutes. This post thus discusses CloudFront and its main benefit to give you a clear idea of what AWS Cloudfront is all about.

So, let’s give it a read.

What is CloudFront by Amazon?

Amazon CloudFront is a web service that accelerates the delivery of dynamic and static web content to users, such as .html, .css, .js, and file of the image. Cloudfront distributes the content over a global network of data centers known as edge locations. It is a developer-friendly CDN solution that securely distributes data, videos, apps, and APIs to clients across the world with minimal latency and high transfer rates. 

CloudFront combines the most sophisticated security features, such as HTTPS support, field-level encryption, with AWS Web Application Firewall, AWS Shield, and Amazon Route 53 to guard against a variety of threats, including network and application layer DDoS assaults. These services co-exist at edge networking locations, which are globally scalable and linked to the AWS network backbone, giving the users a more available, secure, and maintainable experience.

Any AWS origin, such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Elastic Load Balancing, or any other custom HTTP origin, works smoothly with CloudFront. CloudFront’s programmable and safe edge computing capabilities AWS Lambda@Edge and CloudFront Functions allow the users to tailor their content delivery.

Benefits of AWS CloudFront

AWS CloudFront provides a platform for distributing content quickly, consistently, and reliably. It is meant to offer constant streaming of material, whether it is of high-defined movies or business papers and data required for business apps, in terms of sheer speed. The main benefit that the AWS CloudFront has is like:

  • Global Scaled Network: Amazon CloudFront is a globally dispersed and massively scalable service. The network includes over 225 presence points that are connected to the AWS backbone to provide customers with high availability and ultra-low latency performance. The Amazon Web Services backbone is a private network based on a worldwide, fully independent, parallel 100 GbE metro fiber network connected via trans-oceanic cables.
  • Security at the Edge: Amazon CloudFront is a highly secured CDN that protects both the network and well as the application. With AWS Shield Standard, the CloudFront deliveries are protected automatically against some of the most common network and transport layer DDoS threats that strike the websites or apps.
  • Highly Secured and Programmable Edge Computing: With the help of edge computing capabilities of CloudFront Functions and Lambda@Edge, one can quickly execute code across any AWS location globally. This allows customizing the content and replying to the end-users with reduced latency. With built-in security isolation, both Lambda@Edge and CloudFront functions safeguard the data from any threat.
  • Deeper Integration with AWS: For a fast integrated setup, every AWS service starting from Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon EC2, to Amazon S3, Amazon Route 53, and AWS Elemental Media Services are kept linked. Anyone can utilize the AWS administration panel or common development tools like templates of CloudFormation, AWS Cloud Development Kit, and APIs as a developer. 
  • Cost-Effective: Amazon CloudFront provides worldwide content delivery at a low cost. There are no transaction costs for source fetches from any of the AWS origins when utilizing AWS. CloudFront has a variety of price choices, including easy pay-as-you-go pricing options with no setup costs and the Security Savings Bundle of CloudFront thus helps to save up to 30 percent from it. Furthermore, when using AWS origins such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, or Elastic Load Balancing, there is no charge for data transfer from sources to CloudFront Edge locations.

Conclusion

Thus, this ends the details about AWS CloudFront and its main benefit. Through this write-up you can learn what AWS CloudFront is and how creating a distribution network has become easy and cost-effective. One can also become an AWS CloudFront member and take participate in the AWS Service Delivery Program.

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