New Amazon CloudFront Edge location arrives in Finland!

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Congratulations if you distribute content to customers in Finland, and a special congratulations if you are already doing it through Amazon CloudFront!

Amazon Web Services have just announced the opening of the first Amazon CloudFront Edge location in Finland. This means that you can now distribute your content to your customers in Finland faster, with greater bandwidth and with the simplicity that AWS can offer.

“As an AWS Consulting Partner originating in Finland, we’re thrilled how this new Edge location delivers faster service to the Finnish end users. Better yet, our current Finnish customers will get these improvements without any action or additional costs,” says Jaakko Kontiainen, Nordcloud Alliance Lead for AWS.

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Amazon CloudFront is a global content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos applications, and APIs to your viewers with low latency and transfer speeds. CloudFront is integrated with AWS – both physical locations that are directly connected to the AWS global infrastructure, as well as software that works seamlessly with services including AWS shield for DDoS mitigation, Amazon S3, Elastic Load Balancing, or Amazon EC2 as origins for your applications, and AWS Lambda to run custom code close to your viewers.

Some of the key benefits include extensive integration with other AWS services, ease of use, a cost-effective pay-as-you-go pricing scheme, and the growing global distribution network exhibited by the latest Edge location.

If you would like to talk to us further about Amazon CloudFront, other Amazon Web Service offerings, or migrating your business onto the AWS Cloud, please contact us here

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    Deliver your content quickly with Amazon Cloudfront

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    This is especially true for all kinds of media services, where low latency and high data transfer speeds are crucial. This is where Cloudfront comes into play.

    Think of a postman, who happens to live in a country with only one, central post office. Every morning he goes to that office, picks up the mail, and delivers it to the recipients. The next day he goes to post office, picks up the mail, delivers it, and so on.

    Even if there were 100 000 postmen and they all would be super quick, there would probably be a lot of delays, since there is only the central post office where all the mail needs to be picked up from.

    ..Not to mention, how bad that would be for traffic overall. Imagine driving there.

    What if instead of a centralized post office, there were post offices in each city around the country for daily deliveries, and only the packages so big which need to be delivered in a truck would be delivered from the central office?

    Much faster deliveries and less traffic on roads.

    This is a simplified model of how Amazon Cloudfront works. It is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) based on a network of so-called edge locations. Edge locations are worldwide-spread access points (data centers) for end users in AWS network, and are specifically used by Amazon Web Services to deliver content to end users with low latency. Edge locations can be found in most major cities around the world – at the moment there are 54 of them, and new ones are being built all the time.

    More static content is usually stored in so-called origin servers, often in Amazon S3 buckets. For example, your static images & videos (since they don’t change that often) can be stored in origin servers, while streaming media & constantly updating content can be stored in Cloudfront.

    If you’re operating globally, or just need content distributed quickly in high speed and low latency – such as streaming videos or basically media in any format, it is a good idea to consider putting Cloudfront into use. If you are an existing AWS user, Amazon Cloudfront will certainly simplify the management of your content distribution and most likely lower your costs.

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