Just two months after announcing plans to offer a content delivery service, Amazon Web Services launches CloudFront, a content delivery service that provides self-service, pay-as-you-go content delivery. The Amazon CloudFront service is well-suited to video distribution, software downloads, music downloads, and delivering frequently accessed Web site images and objects.
Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com,
has announced the launch of
Amazon CloudFront, a self-service, pay-as-you-go Web service for content
which first announced its plans to launch a content delivery service in
has now, with the release of CloudFront, delivered a way for
developers to distribute content through a worldwide network of edge locations
that provide low latency and high data transfer speeds.
CloudFront works seamlessly with other AWS services such as Amazon S3
(Simple Storage Service), according to Amazon.com officials. And, like the
other AWS services, CloudFront is self-service with no up-front commitments, no
long-term contracts and pay-as-you-go pricing, the company said.
In addition, Amazon.com said the CloudFront service caches copies of content
close to users for low latency delivery, and provides the fast, sustained data
transfer rates needed to deliver popular objects to users at scale. Users need
to place their objects in an Amazon S3 bucket and then register that bucket
with the new service using a simple API
call, officials said. This API call then
returns a domain name used to access content through the network of edge
One early adoption customer, Playfish, uses Amazon CloudFront to distribute
its social games. "We've grown very rapidly to over 25 million registered
players, and we now serve over 2 billion minutes of game play every
month," Playfish CTO Sami Lababidi said
in a statement. "CloudFront has reduced the time it takes for any
customer, wherever they are, to access our games through CloudFront's fast
download speeds. AWS also allows us to stay flexible as we grow and only pay
for what we actually use without any long-term contracts or usage
"We found the CloudFront API to be
very simple to use, and we were able to easily add support for the service to
our product," Rahul Jonna, an engineer at Suchi Software Solutions, said in
a statement. "The S3Fox Organizer is a simple visual way to turn an Amazon
S3 bucket into a CloudFront distribution right from a Web browser in a matter
Adam Selipsky, vice president of Product Management and Developer Relations
for Amazon Web Services, said, "Our customers asked us for a way to
globally distribute their most frequently accessed content with all the
benefits that Amazon Web Services provides-low, pay-as-you-go pricing, high
performance and reliability."
Amazon.com officials said CloudFront is particularly suited to functions
such as video distribution, software downloads, music downloads, and delivering
frequently accessed Web site images and objects.
Any business or developer can access the beta of
CloudFront by visiting here.