|Features||Microsoft Azure||Amazon CloudFront|
|Purge All||Unknown||Not supported|
|Instant Purge||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Control panel||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Push||Not supported||Partially supported|
|Origin Pull||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Shield||Not supported||Not supported|
|GZIP Compression||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom Rules||Additional costs||Partially supported|
|HTTP/2 Protocol||Not supported||Fully supported|
|SPDY Protocol||Not supported||Not supported|
|Raw Access Logs||Not supported||Fully supported|
|Real time statistics||Additional costs||Not supported|
|Online signup||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|API||Purge, Configuration Management||Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management|
|Custom CNAMEs||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Not supported||Partially supported|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Not supported||Partially supported|
|Support||Azure support starting at €25 per month||Phone and Email support (extra charge), Community Forum (free)|
|Video On Demand (VoD)||Not supported||Additional costs|
|RTMP Streaming||Not supported||Additional costs|
|Multiple CDNs||Not supported||Not supported|
|CDN balancing tech||Not supported||Not supported|
|Storage||Azure storage||Additional costs|
|Property||Microsoft Azure||Amazon CloudFront|
|Global flat fee||N/A||N/A|
|NA/EU Traffic (low volume)||€0.0734 per GB||$0.085 per GB|
|NA/EU Traffic (high volume)||€0.0253 per GB (500TB+)||$0.040 per GB (350TB+)|
|APAC Traffic||€0.1164 per GB||$0.140 - $0.170 per GB|
|LATAM Traffic||€0.2109 per GB||$0.250 per GB|
|Extra costs||Premium features, Support||
Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure includes a CDN service in their offering. The platform was released in 2010, initially named Windows Azure and renamed to Microsoft Azure in 2014.
Azure is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution, and next to a CDN they offer storage solutions, data management, compute and networking. Their IaaS solution is similar to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Compute Engine (GCE). Just like Google, Azure offers free credit to first-time users of the platform to help them get started.
The Azure CDN service uses the networks of Akamai and Edgecast, though it is fully integrated with the cloud platform and offered under the Azure brand. Because the CDN service is offered as a part of the larger Azure IaaS ecosystem, it is easy-to-use for businesses who already use the platform. Other CDNs can be used in combination with Azure products as well, for example with their storage solution.
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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