We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Amazon Web Services personalizes CloudFront web hosting service

With support for dynamic content generated by its EC2 compute service, AWS CloudFront can now personalize web pages for each user

Amazon Web Services has extended its CloudFront web hosting service to include dynamic content that can be personalized for each visitor.

Websites already using CloudFront to host or cache static page elements can now also use it to serve up dynamic elements that are personalized for each user from servers within AWS's EC2 compute cloud, the company said Monday. Pricing is the same as for static data, starting at US$0.12/GB (or $0.02/GB after the first 5PB) and $0.0075 per 10,000 HTTP requests.

CloudFront serves content from 30 locations worldwide, compared to the more than 1700 locations in Akamai's CDN (content delivery network).

But AWS said CloudFront's dynamic content hosting is easier to use than traditional CDNs, which it said often require custom code on websites and can take days or weeks to configure. In contrast, AWS claimed, accelerating a website with CloudFront can be done in minutes using the AWS Management Console.

One of the first companies to make use of the new feature is CloudBerry Lab, which develops tools to manage files stored in CloudFront and in AWS's S3 storage service. On Monday, it posted a tutorial on using its CloudBerry S3 Explorer to configure CloudFront dynamic content on its blog.

AWS is beefing up the CloudFront service: Last month it added the ability to stream live content to Apple iOS devices and to PCs running Microsoft's SilverLight.

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation and general technology breaking news for IDG News Service. Send comments and news tips to Peter at [email protected].


IDG UK Sites

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: A better deal than the Z3 and most smartphones

IDG UK Sites

Why people aren't upgrading to iOS 8: new features are for power users, not the average Joe

IDG UK Sites

Framestore recreates ancient China for Mr Bean's martial arts misadventure

IDG UK Sites

iPad Air 2 review: Insanely fast and alarmingly thin. Speed tests, camera tests and more