Amazon Web Services reduces latency in Perth with CloudFront launch

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Amazon Web Services reduces latency in Perth with CloudFront launch

Amazon Web Services has launched a new edge location in Perth for its CloudFront service, which aims to cut latency and speed up the delivery of web content.

CloudFront offers website owners a way to distribute content with low latency and high data transfer speeds. Files are delivered to end users via a global network of edge locations, which now includes Perth as well as existing locations in Sydney and Melbourne.

Content is cached in AWS' global network of edge locations and regional edge caches to keep it close to viewers, meaning requests travel a shorter distance.

Files that are not cached at the edge locations and or in the regional edge caches can be quickly fetched thanks to persistent connections with the origin servers, such as an AWS S3 bucket or EC2.

James Bromberger, national cloud lead at Perth-headquartered IT provider Ajilon, wrote in a blog post: "This impact on this is that all websites that people of Perth that use CloudFront will now appear to be faster for cachable content."

Bromberger found that latency between Melbourne and Perth dropped from 45 miliseconds to around 3-5 miliseconds, running on a residential 50Mbps NBN connection.

Perth was among six new edge locations for CloudFront, along with Chennai, India; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Los Angeles, California; and two additional edge locations in Tokyo, Japan.

In October 2017, NextDC announced Direct Connect from its P1 data centre in Perth to provide low-latency, secure access directly to the AWS cloud.

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