Amazon CloudFront: More Secure, Lower Costs?
Amazon CloudFront, the content delivery network of Amazon Web Services, has three announcements to make: one, it now supports secure connections via HTTPS; two, CloudFront has dropped the prices on standard connection; and three, the cloud is coming to the city that never sleeps as AWS opens a CloudFront edge location in New York City. Here’s the scoop.
While CloudFront is set by default to accept both HTTP and HTTPS requests, users can set it to require only the more secure protocol. Pricing for HTTPS starts $0.01 per 10,000 requests, and falls under the same pay-what-you-use model as other Amazon cloud services.
Meanwhile, AWS is taking the opportunity to drop the price of standard HTTP requests to $0.0075 for that same 10,000 requests, letting you save money if you don’t need that extra bit of security. The lower prices retroactively apply starting June 1st, 2010.
As for the new edge location, AWS says by placing data in New York City, it should increase CloudFront performance for customers in the Northeast US.