Amazon CloudFront
Amazon CloudFront
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Type of site
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
Registration Required
Launched November 18, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-11-18)

Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN) offered by Amazon Web Services. Content delivery networks provide a globally-distributed network of proxy servers which cache content, such as web videos or other bulky media, more locally to consumers, thus improving access speed for downloading the content.

CloudFront has servers located in Europe (United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain), Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and India), Australia, South America, as well as in several major cities in the United States. The service operates from (as of December 2017) 107 edge locations on five continents.[1]

CloudFront operates on a pay-as-you-go basis.

CloudFront competes with larger content delivery networks such as Akamai and Limelight Networks. Upon launch, Larry Dignan of ZDNet News stated that CloudFront could cause price and margin reductions from competing CDNs.[2]


  • November 18, 2008 - Beta launch of CloudFront
  • January 28, 2009 - Amazon reduces pricing tiers
  • May 7, 2009 - Adds access logging capability
  • November 11, 2009 - Adds support for private content
  • December 15, 2009 - Announced Amazon CloudFront Streaming
  • March 28, 2010 - Amazon launches edge locations in Singapore and adds private content for streaming
  • May, 2014, Amazon CloudFront is included in the Free Tier usage[3]

Amazon CloudFront edge locations

  • North America
    • Edge Locations: Ashburn, VA (3); Atlanta, GA (3); Boston, MA; Chicago, IL (2); Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (4); Denver, CO; Hayward, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Los Angeles, CA (2); Miami, FL (2); Minneapolis, MN; Montreal, QC; New York, NY (3); Newark, NJ (2); Palo Alto, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA (3); South Bend, IN; St. Louis, MO; Toronto, ON
    • Regional Edge Caches: Virginia; Ohio; Oregon
  • Europe
    • Edge Locations: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2); Berlin, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Frankfurt, Germany (6); Helsinki, Finland; London, England (5); Madrid, Spain (2); Manchester, England; Marseille, France; Milan, Italy; Munich, Germany; Palermo, Italy; Paris, France (3); Prague, Czech Republic; Stockholm, Sweden (3); Vienna, Austria; Warsaw, Poland; Zurich, Switzerland
    • Regional Edge Caches: Frankfurt, Germany; London, England
  • Asia
    • Edge Locations: Bangalore, India; Chennai, India (2); Hong Kong, China (3); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Mumbai, India (2); Manila, Philippines; Delhi, India; Osaka, Japan (2); Seoul, Korea (4); Singapore (2); Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo, Japan (5)
    • Regional Edge Caches: Mumbai, India; Singapore; Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan
  • Australia
    • Edge Locations: Melbourne, Australia; Perth, Australia; Sydney, Australia
    • Regional Edge Caches: Sydney, Australia
  • South America
    • Edge Locations: São Paulo, Brazil (2); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Regional Edge Caches: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Africa
    • Edge Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa

On-Demand Pricing

Regional Data Transfer Out to Internet (per GB)

Use cases

  • Website acceleration
  • Video streaming
  • Content download
  • Static or dynamic content


CloudFront allows users to enable or disable logging. If enabled, the logs are stored on Amazon S3 buckets which can then be analyzed. These logs contain useful information like,

  • Date / time
  • Edge location
  • Protocol used etc.

These logs can be analyzed by using third-party tools such as S3Stat, Cloudlytics, Qloudstat, or AWS Stats.[]


  1. ^ "Amazon CloudFront Product Details". Retrieved 2018. To deliver content to end users with lower latency, Amazon CloudFront uses a global network of 107 Points of Presence (96 Edge Locations and 11 Regional Edge Caches) in 55 cities across 24 countries. 
  2. ^ Larry Dignan (November 18, 2008). "Amazon launches CloudFront; Content delivery network margins go kaboom". Between the Lines. ZDNet. Retrieved 2018. 
  3. ^

External links

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