CloudFront Expansion in South Africa

CloudFront Expansion in South AfricaCloudFront expansion is great for Amazon CloudFront customers as it allows them to have unfettered access to markets all across the globe. While the company already has a huge footprint, any new locations are always welcomed.

Amazon CloudFront is the content delivery network aspect of Amazon Web Services (AWS) product and they have announced a new point of presence that will be located in an edge location in Johannesburg.

“Since launching Amazon CloudFront in November 2008, we’ve been continuously expanding our infrastructure footprint around the world to improve availability and performance for content delivery,” AWS said.

They continued, “the addition of the location, along with another one in Bangalore, India, brings CloudFront’s global network to 119 points of presence in 58 cities, across 26 countries. We expect that customers who use this network to see performance improvements of as much as 75% from reduction in latency for their content delivery”.

CloudFront Expansion Benefits

Jan-Andre le Roux, CTO at Travelstart, a local online travel company, said the news of the local locations translates to better service delivery for his business.

“For Travelstart, Web performance plays a central role in delivering a good user experience to our customers. The arrival of a CloudFront Edge location means we will not only accelerate our content but also better leverage other service like AWS Shield and AWS WAF to protect us from DDOS and other malicious attacks,” he noted.

Clinton Bosch, CTO at Afrozaar, a Cape Town-based software development company, stated: “Serving clients in the broadcast, media, and e-commerce industries, the services and applications we build must offer high availability and fast access to data-rich content. What this [the local Edge location] means is that our customers will now enjoy lower latency and higher data transfer speeds, enabling a faster delivery of news, entertainment, and images to their audiences. CloudFront also integrates effortlessly with our application servers providing an auto-scaling environment that quickly responds to unpredictable traffic surges.”