In a day and age where more and more applications are built on the Web, availability and scalability are critical concerns for the companies developing these apps. And that has made the business of content delivery an extremely lucrative one. Unfortunately for smaller players, the pricing of content-delivery services has been prohibitive at best, leaving more traditional CDNs out of reach for small to medium size businesses. With CloudFront, Amazon hopes to tap this under-served market.

CloudFront appears to have answered concerns about both cost and reliability for smaller organizations. The service leverages the same Amazon infrastructure that has made S3 such a popular solution - with eight edge locations in the US alone - and the pricing seems to fall in line with the affordable S3 offering, as well.

Amazon is recommending users deploy the service for serving up frequently accessed Web site components, distributing software, and publishing popular media files like audio or video.

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