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We performed a comparison between Akamai and Amazon CloudFront based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two CDN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Akamai vs. Amazon CloudFront Report (Updated: May 2024).
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Pros
"The most valuable feature in managing web traffic has been the ability to handle vertical scaling effectively.""It's a scalable and reliable solution.""We can see how much traffic can be downloaded on the portal.""Akamai's scalability is good.""The solution's most valuable feature is that it has been quite helpful in our company, especially when it comes to applications needing updates frequently.""Akamai has a very established network of PoPs globally.""Akamai is leveraged by many top-level businesses, ensuring reliability and support in case of outages or issues.""With 300 servers deployed worldwide, it's highly scalable and is the best web application firewall on the market."

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"The AWS environment was very helpful in terms of integration.""Amazon CloudFront is a stable solution.""The product is very well interconnected with other Amazon services.""The support team is knowledgeable.""Feature-wise, I like the solution's signed URL because it provides security for me.""The distribution aspect of CloudFront and its ability to reduce latency are most beneficial.""The beneficial feature for the entire AWS community is the presence of edge location servers. These servers are strategically located in multiple locations, allowing efficient content delivery from the nearest server.""It is stable."

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Cons
"Sometimes a little hard to navigate around the user console.""It would be better if we could be notified about specific attacks.""Caching strategy is an area with certain shortcomings in the solution where improvements are required.""When we open tickets, we have a delay in response times.""Akamai's configuration part is an area of concern where improvements are required to make the process easy.""One area for improvement with Akamai could be pricing.""While it's great for solutions with high scalability, like global e-commerce, it's not really built for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). It has too many options and can be complex for SMBs to utilize.""I'd like to see more Web 3.0 and IoT solutions."

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"The tool must provide regional control.""Amazon CloudFront can improve by accurately determining the latency of a non-defined URL that the solution encounters.""The lack of seamless integration made the setup process more complex and required additional research to manage all the services properly.""The product should be more intuitive.""There is room for improvement in customer service and support.""They should have more Edge locations so that CloudFront can be used much more. If they can make it a little bit cheaper and better than other networks, we will be able to use it more.""The solution can benefit from expanding its data center and server locations to multiple places for smoother content delivery with even lower latency. The latency we experience is sufficient for our needs, and we are doing well. However, if they expand their locations in the future, it could be a positive factor. Its competitors have multiple data and server locations.""I have utilized certain characteristics and invested effort in reading the documentation, which proved to be challenging."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is a very expensive solution but it works well."
  • "Quite high in price, but equivalent to other enterprise products on the market"
  • "The price of Akamai could be less expensive."
  • "The solution's pricing is based on bandwidth."
  • "The solution can be one of the more expensive options, reflecting their established market position."
  • "Akamai is an expensive tool. Moreover, we have a pay-as-you-go model for additional features."
  • "It is an expensive product. The licensing costs for the solution are based on the usage. If we need premium support, we need to buy it from Akamai."
  • "The price of the solution depends upon its usage."
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  • "Its price is really on the high side. It should be cheaper in general."
  • "Amazon's pricing varies depending on the data transfer."
  • "I rate Amazon CloudFront's pricing a five out of ten."
  • "The product could improve its price."
  • "Amazon CloudFront is an expensive solution."
  • "The solution’s price is reasonable."
  • "Amazon CloudFront costs less than third-party services."
  • "For CloudFront, I'm quite satisfied with the pricing. Initially, it doesn't require many resources for this specific solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature in managing web traffic has been the ability to handle vertical scaling effectively.
    Top Answer:One area for improvement with Akamai could be pricing.
    Top Answer:Akamai is useful for web content delivery in business because it helps improve speed, reliability, and security. Caching content closer to users reduces latency and improves load times. This is… more »
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Amazon’s Web Service Global Accelerator or Amazon CloudFront global content delivery network was the better fit for us. We decided to go with… more »
    Top Answer:The solution has good security features.
    Top Answer:I used to work with AWS and Azure, and we provided cost comparisons for customers to help them choose the right services. Azure tends to be more user-friendly and easier to understand, while AWS may… more »
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    3rd
    out of 34 in CDN
    Views
    6,835
    Comparisons
    6,190
    Reviews
    13
    Average Words per Review
    470
    Rating
    8.9
    4th
    out of 34 in CDN
    Views
    6,137
    Comparisons
    5,362
    Reviews
    18
    Average Words per Review
    378
    Rating
    8.0
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    Overview

    Akamai is a powerful solution that aims to enhance the performance and reliability of websites and applications. With features like excellent performance, robust security measures, and efficient content delivery, it optimizes user experience. It also offers bandwidth optimization, caching, online asset security, and protection against DDoS attacks. Users value its wide network coverage and reliable customer support.

    Amazon CloudFront is a global content delivery network (CDN) service that accelerates delivery of your websites, APIs, video content or other web assets. It integrates with other Amazon Web Services products to give developers and businesses an easy way to accelerate content to end users with no minimum usage commitments. 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. Amazon CloudFront is optimized to work with other Amazon Web Services, like Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and Amazon Route 53. Amazon CloudFront also works seamlessly with any non-AWS origin server, which stores the original, definitive versions of your files. Like other Amazon Web Services products, there are no long-term contracts or minimum monthly usage commitments for using Amazon CloudFront – you pay only for as much or as little content as you actually deliver through the content delivery service.

    Sample Customers
    * **Amazon** * **Apple** * **AT&T** * **Bank of America** * **Capital One** * **Cisco** * **Coca-Cola** * **Delta Air Lines** * **Disney** * **Ebay** * **Facebook** * **Google** * **Home Depot** * **HP** * **IBM** * **Intel** * **JPMorgan Chase** * **LinkedIn** * **McDonald's** * **Microsoft** * **Netflix** * **Nike** * **Oracle** * **PayPal** * **Pinterest** * **Qualcomm** * **Rakuten** * **SAP** * **Spotify** * **Tesla** * **Toyota** * **Visa** * **Walmart** * **WeWork**
    Unilever, Spotify, Pinterest, MLB Advanced Media, Foursquare, PBS, Airbnb, Netflix, WIX, Comcast, Automobili Lamborghini, Rovio, Discovery Communications
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Media Company13%
    Leisure / Travel Company13%
    Consumer Goods Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Educational Organization26%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm38%
    Integrator8%
    Retailer8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Educational Organization20%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise34%
    Large Enterprise52%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise39%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Buyer's Guide
    Akamai vs. Amazon CloudFront
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai vs. Amazon CloudFront and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
    771,740 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Akamai is ranked 3rd in CDN with 18 reviews while Amazon CloudFront is ranked 4th in CDN with 22 reviews. Akamai is rated 9.0, while Amazon CloudFront is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Akamai writes "An easy to setup product offering multiple useful functionalities under a single package". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Amazon CloudFront writes "Top-notch in terms of customer service and offers pay-as-you-go model with a free tier". Akamai is most compared with Cloudflare, Azure Front Door, Imperva DDoS, Fastly and AWS Global Accelerator, whereas Amazon CloudFront is most compared with Azure Front Door, Cloudflare, Windows Azure CDN, Fastly and AWS Global Accelerator. See our Akamai vs. Amazon CloudFront report.

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