Practically Speaking About Cloud Computing: CDN and Amazon CloudFront

Practically Speaking About Cloud Computing:


CDN and Amazon CloudFront:

High performance websites need efficient content delivery networks. A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a collection of servers distributed across various geo-graphical locations. The distribution of the web servers in the network makes it accessible from nearest point with lesser hops. The server with quick reach is chosen to deliver the content. Akamai and Limelight are leaders in providing Content Delivery Network services to global high performance rich media content websites. Amazon CloudFront is an innovative offering by Amazon Web Services in this space. Tightly coupled with Amazon S3 service, Amazon CloudFront offers a truly world class web service content delivery that is easy and affordable; not only for large enterprises but also to the SMBs.

Amazon CloudFront Concept:

The concept of CDN, simply explained, is that the original object is distributed through edge servers available in proximity location. The typical object may include web pages, images, videos or anything that can be served through HTTP or if it is video streaming with RTMP – Real Time Messaging Protocol. Object is stored in Origin Server. With Amazon CloudFront this is in S3 Storage bucket. Refer CloudTweaks earlier blog post on S3. Once the object is stored in S3 bucket, we create the distribution with CloudFront service. An edge location is a geographically spread Amazon site nearest to the web user. This edge location catches the object stored in Origin Server and delivers to the user. Amazon CloudFront service manages the distribution efficiently.

How the Above Services Are Priced?

1. Storage: For storing the objects in S3, We pay the normal S3 Storage charges.
2. Data Transfer: Additionally, we get the S3 GET Requests and Data Transfer Out charges.
3. Serving from Edge Location: CloudFront charges for requests and data transfer out.

Video Sharing:

The share of video is ever increasing in the web. In one of the reports presented by Limelight Networks, a leading CDN provider, in this month, the share of video has surpassed 51% of total internet traffic. Among the internet users’ video is becoming the preferred web content. Amazon CloudFront can be used to stream on demand video files. It uses Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5 to steam on demand video content with RTMP Real Time Messaging Protocol. Also, supports, dynamic streaming, with the ability to switch between different quality streams while playback.

Private Content Delivery:

Private content distribution is possible with CloudFront. We can restrict the access to our content to paid users. This distribution can be done in any one of the two ways:
• Securing the object in the S3 bucket itself, so that the end users have access only through CloudFront.
• By giving special URLs to end users. The URLs contain the restriction of private content.

CloudFront Access Logs:

Amazon CloudFront provides with optional log files containing the information about end user usage. This is an option. There is no extra charge for enabling this option of access logging.

Summary:

It is no secret that cloud based content delivery network goes with an attractive pay as you go option. Even among the cloud CDN services, Amazon works out cheaper because of its integrated service offerings. The Streaming Media.com lists Amazon CloudFront as the 2010 Editor’s picks first choice. For those who need a simple and effective content delivery service at affordable cost, Amazon CloudFront stands as one of the best choice

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Comics

At CloudTweaks, we're plugged into the cloud, the internet of things and all that the web has to offer. From wearable technology, to mobile computing, cloud computing and big data, CloudTweaks is your source for updates and news on the most innovative technology.

Popular

Top Viral Impact

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data Big Data is BIG business and will continue to be one of the more predominant areas of focus in the coming years from small startups to large scale corporations. We’ve already covered on CloudTweaks how Big Data can be utilized in a number of interesting ways from preventing world hunger to…

Technology Advice Report: 2014 Business Intelligence Buying Trends

Technology Advice Report: 2014 Business Intelligence Buying Trends

Technology Advice Report: 2014 Business Intelligence Buying Trends For nearly every business, the concept of business intelligence is nothing new. Ambitious organizations have been searching for any type of data-driven advantage for some time now – perhaps for as long as they’ve existed. However, the historical use of competitive intelligence pales in comparison to the…

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery Preventing a Cloud Disaster is one thing. Recovering from a disaster is a whole other area of concern. Today’s infographic provided by CloudVelox outlines some best practices and safeguards in order to help your business make more informed decisions. About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009,…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Holiday Photos

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Holiday Photos

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Holiday Photos Enjoy our weekly comics provided by our talented cartoonists. By David Fletcher About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with…

Featured Sponsors

Salesforce Service Cloud: Air Traffic Control For Your Customer

Salesforce Service Cloud: Air Traffic Control For Your Customer

Salesforce Service Cloud One of the greatest benefits of the increasingly reliable and ubiquitous state of cloud technology is the removal of business silos and the consolidation of information flow, both in-house and on the road. This is of particular importance to the many different types of professionals whose work involves customer relationship management (CRM).…

Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Mobile Collaboration In The Cloud Imagine that you, as a manager, are told by the powers that be that you have to find “efficiencies” within your department that will result in one million dollars of savings annually. You struggle with this. You send an email to everyone on your senior team. “Where can we save…

Sponsors

Moving To The Cloud: A Smart Move Or Proceed With Caution?

Moving To The Cloud: A Smart Move Or Proceed With Caution?

Moving To The Cloud: A Smart Move Or Proceed With Caution? You hear it over and over again: The future of computing is in the cloud. Businesses should be moving to the cloud. If you’re not in the cloud, you’re behind the times. But trusting your essential data to a cloud may sound like a…

Placement Opportunities - Find Out!

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

You can help continue to support our community by social sharing, sponsoring, partnering or contributing to this great educational resource.

Contact

CloudTweaks Media
Phone: 1 (212) 763-0021

Join Our Newsletter