Amazon CloudFront compared to Rackspace

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Amazon CloudFront and Rackspace. We hope this helps you compare these two Content Delivery Networks. You can find additional tips that help you select the right CDN here.

Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features Amazon CloudFront Rackspace
PoPs 41 200
Purge All Not supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Not supported Unknown
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Partially supported Fully supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Not supported Not supported
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Partially supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Fully supported Not supported
SPDY Protocol Not supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Fully supported Fully supported
Real time statistics Not supported Unknown
Online signup Fully supported Fully supported
API Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Unknown
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Partially supported Fully supported
Wildcard SSL Certificates Partially supported Fully supported
Support Phone and Email support (extra charge), Community Forum (free) 24/7/365 Phone and Email support
Video On Demand (VoD) Additional costs Not supported
RTMP Streaming Additional costs Not supported
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Not supported
Storage Additional costs Additional costs

Pricing Amazon CloudFront vs Rackspace

Amazon CloudFront Rackspace
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) $0.085 per GB $0.10 per GB (EMEA)
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) $0.040 per GB (350TB+) $0.02 per GB (EMEA, 5PB+)
APAC Traffic $0.140 - $0.170 per GB $0.16 per GB, $0.019 (India)
LATAM Traffic $0.250 per GB $0.27 per GB
Extra costs
  • $0.0075 per 10,000 HTTP Requests (US)
  • $0.0100 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (US)
  • $0.0090 per 10,000 HTTP Requests (EU/RoW ex. SA)
  • $0.0120 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (EU/RoW ex. SA & AU)
  • $0.0160 per 10,000 HTTP Requests (SA)
  • $0.0220 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (SA)
  • $0.0125 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (AU)
  • $0.005 per file invalidation (purge) request (first 1000 per month are free)
10,000 HTTP at requests $0.0075-$0.0165 (varies per region) 10,000 HTTPS requests at $0.01-$0.022 (varies per region)

AMAZON CLOUDFRONT Description

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.

Current customers of Cloudfront are not published, but CDN Overview has located a few such as: NHL and Nasty Gal. We’ll be updating the list as we find more.

To compare Cloudfront to other providers, click the links at the bottom of this page, or enter your own comparison using the search function.

RACKSPACE Description

Texas-based cloud computing company Rackspace was founded in 1998 and is quite the household name. With their ‘Fanatical Support’ concept, the company distinguishes itself from its competitors by offering to focus on service and support rather than technology.

The core businesses of Rackspace are dedicated servers and cloud servers, though the company has a large portfolio with web services. Among others, the company offers website hosting, application migration, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Apps hosting, database and data analytics, email hosting and CDN services.

The company’s CDN is powered by Akamai, and Rackspace resells a custom map with 200 points-of-presence (PoPs):

  • 77 North American locations
  • 36 European locations
  • 73 Middle Eastern and APAC locations
  • 15 South American locations

Note that a limitation to the Rackspace CDN is that clients can only add up to 10 domains (resources) per service.

Rackspace offers a free web-based application called Rackspace Marketplace that enables clients to manage a variety of business applications in a single place. Some of the partnered apps in the Marketplace can also be purchased directly via Rackspace. Currently, the Rackspace Marketplace has integrations with:

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