I have been setting up CloudFront CDN to serve static content for client websites. CloudFront is a CDN service provided by Amazon and is very easy to set up. Most CDN providers like Akamai, Limelight, and Edgecast require you to sign a contract, but CloudFront is pay-as-you-go.
In order to use CloudFront, you need to create a “distribution”, which is in basic terms an association of an S3 bucket containing your static files to an Amazon generated domain name like “d12rt92h42a9rz.cloudfront.net”. After you create a “distribution”, you will get an Amazon-generated domain name, add it as an alias to a CNAME, and you are all set.
More about CloudFront:
- Provides two delivery methods: one for video streaming and one for basic file downloads
- Has ability to write access logs to S3
- Has ability to mask the Amazon-generated domain name with your CNAME
- Has numerous edge locations in US, Europe, and Asia
- Has HTTPS capability
More info on CloudFront can be found in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.
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