Amazon CloudFront

What Does Amazon CloudFront Mean?

Amazon CloudFront is a cloud-based content delivery network (CDN) provided and incorporated with the Amazon Web Services suite.


The Amazon CloudFront content delivery network allows for the global distribution of digital content through regional centers that operate in major business hubs. It reduces latency in accessing static and streaming data through its distributed content delivery channels, which ensure that the data is delivered to the recipient from the nearest CDN server. Amazon CloudFront is a pay-as-you-go model that can easily be integrated with all Amazon Web Services.

Techopedia Explains Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is designed for Web publishing companies and applications that require the rapid delivery of content to Amazon’s many different regional users. Amazon CloudFront operates by caching the instance of each object on its different CDN locations, therefore reducing the time it takes to deliver content.

Amazon CloudFront accesses the data from Amazon S3 through supported application programming interfaces and places it in regional data buckets. Other Amazon Web Services, including Amazon EC2, can also be incorporated by processing the streaming data through EC2 and delivering it via CloudFront to end users. Like all other Amazon Web Services products, CloudFront is scalable, flexible and available as a pay-as-you-go service.


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