|Features||Alibaba Cloud CDN||Amazon CloudFront|
|Purge All||Not supported||Not supported|
|Instant Purge||Not supported||Not supported|
|Control panel||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Push||Fully supported||Partially supported|
|Origin Pull||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Shield||Additional costs||Not supported|
|GZIP Compression||Not supported||Fully supported|
|Custom Rules||Fully supported||Partially supported|
|HTTP/2 Protocol||Not supported||Fully supported|
|SPDY Protocol||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Raw Access Logs||Not supported||Fully supported|
|Real time statistics||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Online signup||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|API||Fully supported||Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management|
|Custom CNAMEs||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Partially supported|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Not supported||Partially supported|
|Support||Provide multiple support plans, with varying prices||Phone and Email support (extra charge), Community Forum (free)|
|Video On Demand (VoD)||Fully supported||Additional costs|
|RTMP Streaming||Fully supported||Additional costs|
|Multiple CDNs||Not supported||Not supported|
|CDN balancing tech||Not supported||Not supported|
|Storage||Fully supported||Additional costs|
|Property||Alibaba Cloud CDN||Amazon CloudFront|
|Global flat fee||N/A||N/A|
|NA/EU Traffic (low volume)||N/A||$0.085 per GB|
|NA/EU Traffic (high volume)||N/A||$0.040 per GB (350TB+)|
|APAC Traffic||N/A||$0.140 - $0.170 per GB|
|LATAM Traffic||N/A||$0.250 per GB|
Alibaba Cloud is a part of the Alibaba Group which specializes in cloud computing. The products under Alibaba Cloud include a CDN solution, an SSL service, Cloud storage, and Elastic Computing amongst others. Since the CDN solution is part of the Alibaba Cloud family of products, it is naturally integrated with most of the other products.
Alibaba’s CDN solution is primarily focussed on China, with most of its nodes located on the Chinese mainland. They do also have some PoPs overseas. However, since these aren’t included in standard use, they are excluded from our pop count.
Cloudfront is a CDN by Amazon, which can be used on a stand-alone basis, or in combination with other Amazon web products.
The CDN integrates very well with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and is often used in combination with their storage solution Amazon S3.
Amazon Cloudfront offers on-demand, no-commitment pricing plans which can be found on their website. The pricing overview of Cloudfront is slightly complex; customers should be aware that the unit prices for bandwidth and requests differ per region.
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