With the rapid increase in the use of online content and accessing digital data, it’s becoming challenging for the services providers to handle the demands of massive amount of data, live high definition video, flash sales, and large downloads. Content Delivery Network (CDN) has proven to be boon in addressing this challenge. Content Delivery Network (CDN) is refers to a geographically distributed group of servers which work together with the objective of delivering content as quickly, cheaply, reliably, and securely as possible. CDN is specifically built to make the Internet work better and deliver media at scale.
Amazon CloudFront is a fast content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency, high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment. CloudFront is integrated with AWS – both physical locations that are directly connected to the AWS global infrastructure, as well as other AWS services.
You can get started with the Content Delivery Network in minutes, using the same AWS tools that you're already familiar with: APIs, AWS Management Console, AWS CloudFormation, CLIs, and SDKs.
The globally distributed nature of a CDN means reduce distance between users and resources. The AWS CloudFront network has 216 points of presence (PoPs) in 84 cities across 42 countries, and leverages the highly-resilient Amazon backbone network for superior performance and deliver content to end users with lower latency.
It’s a highly-secure CDN that provides both network and application level protection. It provides various built-in security protections features and many of them comes at no additional cost. CloudFront infrastructure and processes are all compliant with wide range of standards to ensure secure delivery of your most sensitive data.
Load balancing distributes network traffic evenly across several servers, making it easier to scale rapid boosts in traffic. Intelligent failover provides uninterrupted service even if one or more of the CDN servers go offline due to hardware malfunction; the failover can redistribute the traffic to the other operational servers.
Amazon CloudFront features can be customized for your specific application requirements. Amazon CloudFront is integrated with AWS services such as Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Route 53, and AWS Elemental Media Services. all features in the CDN can be programmatically configured by using APIs or the AWS Management Console.
Content Delivery Network (CDN) is mostly suitable for business dealing in large data files, video content, complex websites with users spread across the globe, and websites or mobile apps with lots of dynamic content. CDNs offer many specific benefits to different types of business functions such as
Amazon CloudFront is a fast content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency, high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment.
CDN’s are extensively used in online learning methodologies as they serve content quickly to users from different locations. Today, educators and content providers across the globe use CDN for On-demand video, Live broadcast, Virtual Classrooms/labs, Online trainings etc.
Today users expect high-quality content with lightning-fast delivery and CDNs play a crucial role in meeting these demands. Edge computing brings computation and data storage closer to users. This improves response time and saves bandwidth by decentralized processing.
E-commerce companies are one of important sector where CDN is being used extensively. These companies run marketing campaigns and updating product frequently specially during peak buying seasons which consume lot of data and results higher data transfer out cost.
CDN helps in caching the static content and store on all of the network servers spread around different locations and whenever a user visits the site, the CDN redirects them to the closest server to their location. Hence is lower the response time & improve the user Experience.
Media websites/Mobile Apps need to deliver timely and up-to-date information, and Content Delivery Network (CDN) can help media companies to update headlines, news videos and news homepages as stories unfold in real time, and remove older data as it becomes outdated.
Amazon's CDN offers a simple, pay-as-you-go pricing model with no upfront fees or required long-term contracts, and support for the CDN is included in your existing AWS Support subscription. If you use AWS origins such as Amazon S3, Amazon EC2 or Elastic Load Balancing, you don’t pay for any data transferred between these services and CloudFront. Icing on the cake, MIND offers an exclusive private pricing benefits to it’s customer for CloudFront.
One of our customer in School ERP system, Implemented CloudFront (CDN) to reduce load on backend server which resulted in significant improvement in performance as well as cost saving by 40% on monthly billing.
We have implemented the AWS CloudFront for one of consumer product company for caching the content and reducing the load from the original server to improve the performance of the customer workload. It also resulted huge reduction in Data transfer cost.
One of our customer from education vertical , is getting CloudFront full spoon service advantage of AWS Shield for DDoS mitigation, Amazon S3, Amazon EC2 for applications, and Lambda@Edge to run custom code closer to their users to improvise user experience.