Comparing Azure and CloudFront live streaming CDN providers

Each CDN is different. Different providers have different focuses, and therefore each CDN has a variety of different features. Feature differences as well as price, ease of use, and support allow comparing live streaming CDN services.

Comparison between Azure, CloudFront

Microsoft Azure CDN

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Microsoft’s Azure CDN provides a wide range of services. Their Media Services division focused on video. This includes encoding, video player, content protection, and both on-demand and live streaming content delivery.

The Azure CDN is well-suited for users who need Microsoft integration. For example, integrating this service with Azure storage is simple. The Azure platform can be accessed via PowerShell or with a .NET SDK, or with a RESTful API and Node.js.

Pricing for Azure CDN can be confusing, as most CDNs. That’s because services are billed as you use them based on multiple variables. General pricing for North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa starts at 8.7 cents per GB. You can learn more about costs for Azure CDN on their pricing page.

Pros

  • 100 percent uptime
  • Azure CDN integrates with other Microsoft services
  • Video analytics

Cons

  • Only 30 PoP (Point of Presence) server locations worldwide
  • Can be expensive compared to budget services
  • Complex setup and management
  • Cheaper plans have limited features
  • Technical support only available for an additional fee ($29/month and up)

Amazon CloudFront CDN

Amazon’s CloudFront CDN is another major competitor in the field. As an easy-t0-use option, CloudFront is quite popular. For video and OTT broadcasters, CloudFront integrates RTMP ingestion and distribution, as well as encoding and video distribution.

CloudFront is configured via an easy-to-use web panel which allows a lot of customization. It also integrates with other Amazon Web Services which is a plus for some businesses already invested in S3 or other elements of that ecosystem. Additional services like SSL certificates, Web Application Firewall, and DDoS protection are integrated for free.

Pricing starts at 8.5 cents per GB in the United States and Europe, with prices per GB falling as the volume of data increases. However, pricing can be quite a bit more expensive in other regions. Billing is based on how much bandwidth you use.

Pros

  • Affordable pricing
  • Lots of options to customize
  • Relatively easy to get started
  • Free SSL certificates

Cons

  • Only 79 PoP locations across 49 countries
  • Confusing pricing
  • Technical support only available for an additional fee (starting at $29 per month)
  • Not the fastest CDN