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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 6, 2024

We compared Amazon CloudFront and Azure Front Door based on our user's reviews in several parameters.

Amazon CloudFront and Azure Front Door both offer valuable features such as efficient content delivery, scalability, and seamless integration with other services. However, Amazon CloudFront emphasizes reliability, easy setup, and transparent pricing, while Azure Front Door focuses on powerful security measures, robust monitoring capabilities, and a user-friendly interface. More comprehensive tutorials and simplified pricing structures are requested by CloudFront users, while Azure Front Door users desire improved stability and error handling features.

Features: Amazon CloudFront stands out for its unmatched reliability, quick setup, seamless integration with Amazon Web Services, extensive global network, and efficient content delivery. On the other hand, Azure Front Door excels in efficiently managing traffic, strong security measures, scalability, high availability, seamless integration with Azure services, simplified content delivery, enhanced performance, and robust monitoring and analytics capabilities.

Pricing and ROI: The setup_cost of Amazon CloudFront does not involve any upfront fees, providing a cost-effective choice. Users find the licensing terms straightforward and transparent, allowing ease and flexibility. On the other hand, feedback on Azure Front Door includes discussions on pricing, setup costs, and licensing experiences., Amazon CloudFront users reported a positive ROI with improved website performance, faster content delivery, cost-effectiveness, and scalability. Azure Front Door also offered a positive ROI with enhanced performance, traffic distribution, cost-effectiveness, and ease of integration with Azure services.

Room for Improvement: Amazon CloudFront has room for improvement in terms of reliability, uptime, documentation, pricing structure, and customization options. On the other hand, Azure Front Door needs to focus on performance, user-friendliness, error handling, troubleshooting, customization, and security.

Deployment and customer support: Based on user reviews, deploying and setting up Amazon CloudFront can take up to three months for some users, while others completed the process within a week. Azure Front Door also has varying durations, with some users taking three months for deployment and setup, while others took only a week., Amazon CloudFront's customer service is highly praised for its promptness and efficiency. Users have commended the knowledgeable and friendly support staff for resolving issues. Azure Front Door also receives positive remarks for its efficient and helpful assistance, resulting in a satisfying customer experience.

The summary above is based on 18 interviews we conducted recently with Amazon CloudFront and Azure Front Door users. To access the review's full transcripts, download our report.

To learn more, read our detailed Amazon CloudFront vs. Azure Front Door Report (Updated: May 2024).
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Pros
"The support team is knowledgeable.""The product’s most valuable feature is the availability of the websites.""It is an expensive product with valuable features.""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.""The most valuable feature is the number of servers they can put your content in while being reliable.""The speed and usability of the solution are valuable.""The solution has many features that are comprehensive.""Amazon CloudFront is a stable solution."

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"It inspects the traffic at the network level before it comes into Azure. We can do SSL offloading, and it can detect abnormalities before the traffic comes into the application. It can be used globally and is easy to set up. It is also quite stable and scalable.""Has a great application firewall and we like the security.""The price is one of the most important aspects of the product. It's quite affordable.""The most valuable feature is that you can implement resources globally. It does not depend on location and ability or something like that. This is to connect clients around the world.""Rules Engine is a valuable feature.""I particularly appreciate its load-balancing capabilities as it allows us to manage multiple instances and support a global presence effectively.""You can assign as many web application firewall policies as you want to the same instance of Front Door.""The web application firewall is a great feature."

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Cons
"During the setup phase, there were some hiccups in terms of security, the user role, and the permissions.""The tool must provide regional control.""The solution could be more simplified for new users. It could be more user-friendly.""Amazon CloudFront can improve by accurately determining the latency of a non-defined URL that the solution encounters.""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.""Sometimes, the server goes down automatically.""The product could support any network load balancer. At present, we can use only Amazon’s load balancer application.""The user interface could be improved."

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"My suggestion for improvement would be to enhance the Data Export feature to include specific tables, particularly the Azure Diagnostics table.""The user interface needs improvement as it is difficult to create the mapping to link the problem with your private address sources.""It lacks sufficient functionality.""I'm responsible for the governance and cost control of Azure. I'm not a specialist in any products and therefore I couldn't really speak effectively to features that are lacking or missing.""This is a relatively expensive solution.""There's a limitation on the amount of global rules we can add.""We should be able to use Front Door defenders with multiple cloud vendors. Currently, they can be used only with the Azure cloud. Azure Front Door should also be able to do global load balancing and provide internal front door services. Microsoft should clearly define what Traffic Manager, Application Gateway, and Azure Front Door products do. These are similar products, and people get confused between these products.""The product's features are limited compared to Cloudflare. The tool also doesn't work well in a hybrid environment. I would like to see a way to add personalized APIs in the system."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "It is on a pay-as-you-go basis."
  • "The solution is a bit expensive."
  • "The product is expensive."
  • "The pricing of the solution is good."
  • "The transition to the premium tier has led to increased costs, making it more expensive than the classic tier."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:We found Azure Front Door to be easily scaled and very stable. The implementation is very fast and Microsoft provides excellent support. Azure Front Door can quickly detect abnormalities before the… more »
    Top Answer:The transition to the premium tier has led to increased costs, making it more expensive than the classic tier. However, we acknowledge that this pricing reflects additional features and capabilities.
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    Overview

    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.

    Azure Front Door is a global, scalable entry-point that uses the Microsoft global edge network to create fast, secure, and widely scalable web applications. With Front Door, you can transform your global consumer and enterprise applications into robust, high-performing personalized modern applications with contents that reach a global audience through Azure.

    To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

    Sample Customers
    Unilever, Spotify, Pinterest, MLB Advanced Media, Foursquare, PBS, Airbnb, Netflix, WIX, Comcast, Automobili Lamborghini, Rovio, Discovery Communications
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    Financial Services Firm38%
    Integrator8%
    Retailer8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Educational Organization20%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Manufacturing Company33%
    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Healthcare Company11%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise39%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise55%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business46%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Amazon CloudFront vs. Azure Front Door
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon CloudFront vs. Azure Front Door and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    Amazon CloudFront is ranked 4th in CDN with 22 reviews while Azure Front Door is ranked 2nd in CDN with 10 reviews. Amazon CloudFront is rated 8.2, while Azure Front Door is rated 8.8. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Azure Front Door writes " An easy -to-setup stable solution that enables implementing resources globally and has a good technical support team". Amazon CloudFront is most compared with Akamai, Cloudflare, Windows Azure CDN, Fastly and AWS Global Accelerator, whereas Azure Front Door is most compared with Cloudflare, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Akamai, AWS Global Accelerator and Azure Firewall. See our Amazon CloudFront vs. Azure Front Door report.

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