Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency, high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment.
Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN) operated by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Content delivery networks provide a globally-distributed network of proxy servers that cache content closer to end visitors, thus improving access speed for downloading the content. They also provide other services including Real-time Metrics, Security against Network and Application layer attacks and more.
Chinafy and Amazon CloudFront both are related to a website and or web applications performance. However -
Chinafy specialises in web performance for China. The platform combines both intelligent China web resource compatibility solutions with a fully-managed China-specific infrastructure - including fast near-China CDN.
The Amazon Cloudfront solution is widely used across various websites for acceleration and security purposes, with the majority of its solutions applied across global, non-China websites.
They can be used in compliment. More in Using Chinafy with Amazon Cloudfront.
Use of any onshore CDN PoPs in China, irrespective of provider, requires an ICP licence, which relatedly requires an onshore China business entity.
Without one, most companies are leveraging Amazon CloudFront’s Global CDN, including Near-China PoPs.
Amazon CloudFront CDN (Onshore) in China
CloudFront customers with origins outside of China using the CloudFront global network may experience up to 70% more latency for their end-viewers than customers using CloudFront China with China origins, Chinafy, or Chinafy with CloudFront global network.
Amazon CloudFront China (Onshore)
CloudFront does not operate it's own CDN or points-of-presence (i.e. POPs) in China. Instead, CloudFront China has three Points-of-Presence (PoPs) that are separated from the rest of their global network. AWS China (Beijing) is operated by Ningxia Western Cloud Data Co. Ltd. (NWCD) & AWS China (Ningxia) is operated by Sinnet respectively.
To use CloudFront China, customers need to obtain the below pre-requisites through Sinnet or NWCD.
Pre-requisites to use CloudFront China include an ICP Filing or License, local hosting agreement with Chinese-based hosting provider, PSB Bei An, a legal entity in China/China-owned business or a China-based representation office. Companies remain the exclusive owner of customer data but data must be stored domestically in China.
Azure China CDN does not provide China compatibility solutions to handle for, resolving, or replacing resources that are blocked or inaccessible from China. Common technologies that interfere with a site’s functionality in China and may appear broken include Vimeo, Youtube, Twitter, Google APIs and more.
Please refer to Chinafy vs. CDN.