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AWS for beginners

CloudFront for Beginners

【Table of contents】

  1. 1. Overview
  2. 2. What is AWS?
  3. 3. What is CloudFront?
  4. 4. Conclusion
  • 1. Overview

    There are a number of services provided by AWS that can help you brush up on a particular environment and turn it into a higher quality one.
    "CloudFront" is one of them, and it is possible to make the service more attractive by implementing it in your business.
    Here, we will focus on CloudFront and summarize its features and benefits as a system.
    If you're using AWS, check CloudFront at the same time to see if you can use it for your own services.

  • 2. What is AWS?

    AWS is an abbreviation for "Amazon Web Services" and refers to a cloud-based web service.
    AWS, a web service managed by Amazon.com, a well-known mail order site even in Japan, provides companies with as much computing resources as they need to support the progress of their businesses.
    If you're thinking of setting up your IT infrastructure or want to combine various web functions with the same service, you may want to consider using AWS.

    With AWS, you can streamline your business in all areas of IT, including IoT, AI, security, applications, and storage.
    These IT elements are beginning to be used in a wide range of industries, and are expected to become indispensable to business in the future.
    Therefore, we recommend that you prepare to use AWS now and set up your infrastructure for the future.
    It can have a positive impact on many aspects of your business, such as smoothing out operations and enhancing your company's combination, so implementing AWS can be an opportunity to change your current environment.

    AWS is a pay-as-you-go system, so even companies that don't normally require a lot of IT resources can use it flexibly.
    You can take as much service as you need, when you need it, and pay for it accordingly. You don't need a long-term contract or a license contract that is difficult to withdraw.
    There is also a simple quotation tool that allows you to make an estimate in advance based on the resource volume you plan to use, so you can start using it without worrying if you don't know how much it will cost.

  • 3. What is CloudFront?

    Amazon CloudFront is a "high-speed content delivery network feature" that is attractive for its speed and security.
    It is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) that can smoothly deliver a variety of static and dynamic web content, including data, video, and applications, and can support a number of services.
    Content is distributed via a network of edge locations, which are global data centers, and user requests are routed through the network.
    Edge locations have the lowest level of latency, so delivery-related delays are low.
    With so much content available to users without any stress, you'll be able to get the most out of it by leveraging CloudFront.

    Many companies have already implemented CloudFront and are using the technology to enhance their services.
    The following major video delivery sites are also in the list, and have been introduced as examples of CloudFront implementation.

    ・ Amazon Prime Video
    Amazon Prime Video uses CloudFront to deliver NFL's Thursday Night Football smoothly to more than 200 countries around the world.
    With the ability to provide low-latency live video, users will be able to watch the latest matches in full force.

    ・ Hulu
    Hulu, a subscription-based video delivery service, delivers live video on its AWS infrastructure, including CloudFront.
    By using the highly stable CloudFront, you can keep the service running smoothly even when the amount of traffic increases due to a sudden increase in viewers.

    CloudFront is also used by other major companies in Japan to provide a reliable delivery platform for content delivery.
    CloudFront, which is active on a global scale, is of course a reassuring presence for new companies that want to develop their business in the future.
    If you're involved in a service that delivers content, we recommend implementing CloudFront.

    CloudFront is a pay-as-you-go system, but the free usage allowance includes 50GB of data transmission every month and 2 million HTTP and HTTPS requests for one year.
    Otherwise, you'll pay based on the amount you use, referring to data transfer, number of requests, etc.

    • a) Benefits of CloudFront

      By using CloudFront, you can provide the following benefits to your services on the web.

      Highly secure CDN
      CloudFront is a CDN with an impeccable system in terms of security, so you can use it with safety first.
      You can take full advantage of the benefits of the system in your service, such as automatic activation of SSL features, creation of your own SSL certificate, and restriction of access to content.
      In addition, CloudFront works with various features in AWS to respond to multiple troubles such as DDoS attacks with layered security.
      There are likely to be long-term benefits to implementing it, as it will keep your content stable.

      Provides low latency for overseas access
      CloudFront has edge servers all over the world, giving you the flexibility to access them from any location.
      You can provide your users with content with low latency, so they can enjoy your service more responsively.
      The low latency of CloudFront will be especially attractive for services targeting foreign users.
      CloudFront can also cache content from the server, so you can make your service more stable.

      Reduction of costs
      With CloudFront, you only pay for what you use, so you don't have to worry about spending extra.
      It will reduce the cost of doing business and will help you to pursue profits.
      CloudFront has a free slot, so you can try out its appeal without worrying about the initial cost for the time being.

      Increases availability
      CloudFront improves the availability of services in terms of DDoS protection and traffic distribution, contributing to build a trusted system.
      In a web service that is prone to various failures and troubles, high availability is a good reason to use it.
      CloudFront can also cache content in edge locations and use it only when needed on the origin server from which it is delivered.
      By reducing the load on the origin server, we can also increase the availability, which will make the service even easier to use.

  • 4. Conclusion

    CloudFront is a reassuring system for web services that deliver videos and images.
    Please understand the features and benefits of each function and consider implementing it in your business.

    Since many companies use CloudFront, we can look forward to the expansion and evolution of its features in the future.
    Why not take this opportunity to try using it for distributed content, which is essential for web media.


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