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Amazon CloudFront vs CloudFlare: What are the differences?

Developers describe Amazon CloudFront as "Content delivery with low latency and high data transfer speeds". Amazon CloudFront can be used to deliver your entire website, including dynamic, static, streaming, and interactive content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your content are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance. On the other hand, CloudFlare is detailed as "The Web Performance & Security Company". Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.

Amazon CloudFront and CloudFlare belong to "Content Delivery Network" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Amazon CloudFront are:

  • Fast- Using a network of edge locations around the world, Amazon CloudFront caches copies of your static content close to viewers, lowering latency when they download your objects and giving you the high, sustained data transfer rates needed to deliver large popular objects to end users at scale.
  • Simple- A single API call lets you get started distributing content from your Amazon S3 bucket or Amazon EC2 instance or other origin server through the Amazon CloudFront network.
  • Designed for use with other Amazon Web Services Amazon CloudFront is designed for use with other Amazon Web Services, including Amazon S3, where you can durably store the definitive versions of your static files, and Amazon EC2, where you can run your application server for dynamically generated content.

On the other hand, CloudFlare provides the following key features:

  • CDN
  • WAF (Web Application Firewall)
  • DDOS Protection

"Fast", "Cdn" and "Compatible with other aws services" are the key factors why developers consider Amazon CloudFront; whereas "Easy setup, great cdn", "Free ssl" and "Easy setup" are the primary reasons why CloudFlare is favored.

Instacart, Slack, and StackShare are some of the popular companies that use Amazon CloudFront, whereas CloudFlare is used by Stack Exchange, Lyft, and SendGrid. Amazon CloudFront has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3358 company stacks & 599 developers stacks; compared to CloudFlare, which is listed in 2300 company stacks and 712 developer stacks.

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Pros of Amazon CloudFront
Pros of CloudFlare
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    Fast
  • 166
    Cdn
  • 157
    Compatible with other aws services
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    Simple
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    Global
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    Cheap
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    Cost-effective
  • 27
    Reliable
  • 19
    One stop solution
  • 9
    Elastic
  • 1
    Object store
  • 1
    HTTP/2 Support
  • 421
    Easy setup, great cdn
  • 274
    Free ssl
  • 196
    Easy setup
  • 184
    Security
  • 179
    Ssl
  • 94
    Great cdn
  • 76
    Optimizer
  • 69
    Simple
  • 43
    Great UI
  • 27
    Great js cdn
  • 11
    AutoMinify
  • 11
    DNS Analytics
  • 11
    Apps
  • 11
    HTTP/2 Support
  • 8
    Ipv6
  • 8
    Easy
  • 8
    Rocket Loader
  • 7
    IPv6 "One Click"
  • 6
    SSHFP
  • 6
    Nice DNS
  • 6
    Fantastic CDN service
  • 6
    Cheapest SSL
  • 6
    Amazing performance
  • 6
    API
  • 6
    Free GeoIP
  • 5
    SPDY
  • 5
    DNSSEC
  • 5
    Free and reliable, Faster then anyone else
  • 4
    Asynchronous resource loading
  • 4
    Ip
  • 3
    Performance
  • 3
    Ubuntu
  • 3
    Easy Use
  • 3
    Global Load Balancing
  • 1
    Mtn
  • 1
    Maker
  • 1
    Support for SSHFP records
  • 1
    CDN

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Cons of Amazon CloudFront
Cons of CloudFlare
  • 3
    UI could use some work
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    Invalidations take so long
  • 1
    No support for SSHFP records

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What is Amazon CloudFront?

Amazon CloudFront can be used to deliver your entire website, including dynamic, static, streaming, and interactive content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your content are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance.

What is CloudFlare?

Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.

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