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AWS Direct Connect vs Netlify: What are the differences?

AWS Direct Connect: Establish a dedicated network connection from your premises to AWS. AWS Direct Connect makes it easy to establish a dedicated network connection from your premises to AWS. Using AWS Direct Connect, you can establish private connectivity between AWS and your datacenter, office, or colocation environment, which in many cases can reduce your network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and provide a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections; Netlify: Build, deploy and host your static site or app with a drag and drop interface and automatic delpoys from GitHub or Bitbucket. Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.

AWS Direct Connect belongs to "Cloud Dedicated Network Connection" category of the tech stack, while Netlify can be primarily classified under "Static Web Hosting".

Some of the features offered by AWS Direct Connect are:

  • Reduces Your Bandwidth Costs – If you have bandwidth-heavy workloads that you wish to run in AWS, AWS Direct Connect reduces your network costs into and out of AWS in two ways. First, by transferring data to and from AWS directly, you can reduce your bandwidth commitment to your Internet service provider. Second, all data transferred over your dedicated connection is charged at the reduced AWS Direct Connect data transfer rate rather than Internet data transfer rates.
  • Consistent Network Performance – Network latency over the Internet can vary given that the Internet is constantly changing how data gets from point A to B. With AWS Direct Connect, you choose the data that utilizes the dedicated connection and how that data is routed which can provide a more consistent network experience over Internet-based connections.
  • Compatible with all AWS Services – AWS Direct Connect is a network service, and works with all AWS services that are accessible over the Internet, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).

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

  • Global Network
  • Global Network
  • Instant Cache Validation
Decisions about AWS Direct Connect and Netlify
Howie Zhao
Full Stack Engineer at yintrust · | 7 upvotes · 104.4K views

We use Netlify to host static websites.

The reasons for choosing Netlify over GitHub Pages are as follows:

  • Netfily can bind multiple domain names, while GitHub Pages can only bind one domain name
  • With Netfily, the original repository can be private, while GitHub Pages free tier requires the original repository to be public

In addition, in order to use CDN, we use Netlify DNS.

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Pros of AWS Direct Connect
Pros of Netlify
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      Easy deploy
    • 41
      Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments
    • 21
      Free SSL support
    • 21
      Super simple deploys
    • 15
      Easy Setup and Continous deployments
    • 9
      Free plan for personal websites
    • 9
      Faster than any other option in the market
    • 7
      Deploy previews
    • 6
      Free Open Source (Pro) plan
    • 4
      Easy to use and great support
    • 4
      Analytics
    • 4
      Great loop-in material on a blog
    • 3
      Great drag and drop functionality
    • 3
      Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments
    • 2
      Custom domains support
    • 1
      Canary Releases (Split Tests)
    • 1
      Tech oriented support
    • 1
      Supports static site generators

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    Cons of AWS Direct Connect
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        It's expensive
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        Bandwidth limitation

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      What is AWS Direct Connect?

      AWS Direct Connect makes it easy to establish a dedicated network connection from your premises to AWS. Using AWS Direct Connect, you can establish private connectivity between AWS and your datacenter, office, or colocation environment, which in many cases can reduce your network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and provide a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections.

      What is Netlify?

      Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.

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