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What is Amazon Cloudfront?

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According to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website, Amazon CloudFront is a fast content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs with low latency and high transfer speeds to customers (globally) within a developer-friendly environment.

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Cloudfront is used to deliver static and dynamic content and applications to users all over the globe. It does so using a worldwide network of data centers that Amazon refers to as edge locations. CloudFront is integrated with AWS at physical locations that are directly connected to the AWS global infrastructure and other AWS services. Moreover, CloudFront works seamlessly with other services that act as origins for your applications (e.g., AWS Shield for DDoS mitigation, Amazon S3, Elastic Load Balancing, or Amazon EC2).


According to Amazon, Cloudfront has the following key benefits:

  • Fast & global: The Amazon CloudFront content delivery network (CDN) is massively scaled and globally distributed - it has 216 points of presence (PoPs).
  • Security: CloudFront is a highly-secure CDN that provides both network and application-level protection. All traffic and applications benefit through a variety of built-in protections, like AWS Shield Standard, at no additional cost.
  • Highly programmable: Amazon CloudFront features can be customized for your specific application requirements.
  • Deep integration with AWS: Amazon CloudFront is integrated with AWS services like Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Route 53, and AWS Elemental Media Services.

For more information on Amazon Cloudfront, visit their website here.


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