AWS CloudFront

Are you looking for a tool that can securely provide your user data, apps, and APIs with low latency and high transmission rates? And all of this in a developer-friendly setting? CloudFront is the answer.

Amazon CloudFront is a developer-friendly content delivery network (CDN) service that securely distributes data, videos, applications, and APIs to consumers around the world with low latency and high transfer speeds.

It’s a dispersed network with physical locations at edge locations, but it’s a cloud computing infrastructure that’s simple to comprehend and utilize for customers. Amazon CloudFront is a web service that accelerates the delivery of static and dynamic web content to your users, such as.html,.css,.js, and picture files. When a user requests content served by CloudFront, the request is routed to the edge location with the lowest latency (time delay), ensuring that the content is provided as quickly as feasible.

CloudFront can be used for video and audio distribution, as well as media-rich web applications, business dashboards, large volumes of data, and APIs (Application Programming Interface). It’s appropriate for both small businesses and large corporations that need to send massive video files over the world.

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

Benefits

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It will cache your content in edge locations, reducing workload and resulting in high application availability.

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It is simple to use and ensures increased productivity.

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It has a high level of security thanks to the 'Content Privacy' feature.

It enables GEO targeting services for delivering content to specific end-users.

It uses HTTP or HTTPS protocols to deliver content quickly.

It uses HTTP or HTTPS protocols to deliver content quickly.

Use Cases

Website Delivery and Security

Whether static items (e.g., photos, style sheets, JavaScript, etc.) or dynamic content (e.g., movies, audio, motion graphics, etc.) are delivered to viewers around the world, Amazon CloudFront can help. When the object is not already cached at the Edge, the CDN uses a multi-tier cache by default, which decreases latency and reduces burden on origin servers. Customers like Amazon.com and Reach plc use comprehensive cache configuration options, built-in compression features like gzip and brotli, access to geo-location headers, and edge compute capabilities to serve content to millions of viewers. AWS Shield and WAF integration protects your website from network and application layer threats, while features like TLS 1.3 and Field-level Encryption increase security and performance.

Dynamic Content & API Acceleration

With Amazon CloudFront, you can speed up and secure your dynamic content. Customers like Tinder and Slack utilize Amazon CloudFront to encrypt and expedite API calls and Websocket connections. Proxy techniques are supported by CloudFront (POST, PUT, OPTIONS, DELETE, and PATCH). Client TLS connections are terminated at a local edge point, and CloudFront then employs efficient network paths to reach your origins securely, with connection reuse available. When you use an AWS origin, your traffic is routed across AWS’ specialized network backbone. At the CDN edge, AWS Shield and WAF safeguard your APIs. Learn more about CloudFront API Acceleration.

Live & On-demand Video Streaming

Your live and on-demand video workloads will be handled by CloudFront. Benefit from the AWS network’s global scalability and performance, as well as private backbone access to your AWS origins and AWS and Elemental Media Services integration. With default mid-tier caching, Origin Shield architecture, and real-time monitoring, you may further optimize your content delivery. CloudFront supports a variety of streaming formats to any device, including Microsoft Smooth, HLS, HDS, and MPEG-DASH. Additionally, Elemental MediaStore integration provides low-latency streaming for a range of sports and game streaming scenarios. Learn more about the capabilities of CloudFront for Media & Entertainment.

Software Distribution, Game Delivery and IoT OTA

As your globally spread clients download software updates, Amazon CloudFront scales automatically. Through the content delivery network, software can be made available right at the edge, close to end-users. The high data transfer speeds of CloudFront accelerate the delivery of binaries, game patches, Internet of Things (IoT), and Over-the-Air (OTA) updates, enhancing your customers’ experience at scale while saving you money.

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