Did you know that from a user experience and customer satisfaction perspective, load times are one of the most significant factors your customers will expect? While the difference between 3 and 4 seconds might seem insignificant, a 1 second page delay could potentially cost you $2.5 million in lost sales every year!
Fortunately, an easy way to increase your loading time is with Amazon CloudFront.
Amazon CloudFront is a fast content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency and 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. CloudFront works seamlessly with services, including AWS Shield for DDoS mitigation, Amazon S3, Elastic Load Balancing or Amazon EC2 as origins for your applications, and Lambda@Edge to run custom code closer to customers’ users and to customize the user experience. Lastly, 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.
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. 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.
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Benefits of Amazon CloudFront
Fast & Global
The Amazon CloudFront content delivery network (CDN) is massively scaled and globally distributed. The CloudFront network has 216 points of presence (PoPs), and leverages the highly-resilient Amazon backbone network for superior performance and availability for your end users.
Deep Integration with AWS
Amazon CloudFront is integrated with AWS services such as Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Route 53, and AWS Elemental Media Services. They are all accessible via the same console and all features in the CDN can be programmatically configured by using APIs or the AWS Management Console.
Security at the Edge
Amazon CloudFront is a highly-secure CDN that provides both network and application-level protection. Your traffic and applications benefit through a variety of built-in protections, such as AWS Shield Standard, at no additional cost. You can also use configurable features such as AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) to create and manage custom SSL certificates at no extra cost.