Reduce Amazon CloudFront
costs with these tips

These proven tips can save you up to 30% on AWS costs!

* Savings are averaged out across customers & services

Amazon CloudFront cost saving tips Optimize your Amazon CloudFront costs with these tips


Custom Pricing / Compression

When you commit to a monthly amount of at least 10TB of traffic you can get reduced prices by contacting AWS. An additional step to reduce your data transfer costs is to use next-gen formats like WebP and AVIF. These can significantly reduce your data transfer sizes and thus your costs.


Reduce PoP Coverage

By default, CloudFront delivers the content to all edge locations. This is controlled by so called price classes. If you reduce your price class from price class all to price class 100 you get less global presence (so longer latencies for your customers). You need to find a balance between acceptable latency and global presence.


Alternate Solutions

Fastly is a known good alternative, but it comes at a similar cost to CloudFront when running high data volumes (you do get more features though). Another alternative is to use Cloudflare as a CDN. This calculation requires you to offset the AWS data transfer costs to the external service from the AWS service (for example S3).

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About Alex I am your AWS cost saving guru, ready to slash your AWS costs!

As a CTO at various start-ups and scale-ups, I've seen too often how AWS costs can sneak up on you. It used to be something we'd only think about when there was a problem—either it wasn't working like we needed it to, or the expenses were through the roof. I took my know-how in AWS and made it my goal to change that. Now, I use a simple rule to make a big impact: focus on the few changes that make the biggest difference in cutting costs.

I look at your AWS bills with a fine-tooth comb and find where you can save money without losing performance. It's about being smart with your resources and making sure AWS works for you, not against you. By doing this, I help your teams do more with less, and make sure we keep your cloud spending in check.

About Amazon CloudFront Service information & pricing

About Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is a CDN offering fast content delivery, reduced latency, traffic encryption, access control, and customizable pricing. It streamlines websites, content, video streaming & updates. If you consider alternatives like Fastly and Cloudflare, make sure to factor in the data transfer costs to those alternative services.

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Amazon CloudFront pricing

Amazon CloudFront Pricing is based on data transfer, requests, feature, and region. Offering a Free Tier, AWS Pricing Calculator, and costs covering data transfer, edge computing. When you look at alternative solutions you must factor in the configuration time of your developers and changes to your infrastructure.

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