Akamai Edge Workers compared to Amazon Cloudfront Functions

Akamai Edge Workers
Versus
Amazon Cloudfront Functions

Features

Edge Features of Akamai Edge Workers compared to Amazon Cloudfront Functions
Akamai Edge WorkersFeaturesAmazon Cloudfront Functions
Functions / Serverless
JavaScriptFunctions Supported LanguagesJavaScript, Go, C, C++, .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby
Worker.js Environment
Docker SupportYes, through EC2 Container Registry (ECR)
Docker Private Registry
Kubernetes Support
Managed Kubernetes
4100+ POPs worldwideAvailability RegionsAll POPs connected to your Cloudfront property
Default Memory (MB)128
Maximum Memory (MB)3008
Execution Time (ms)3,000
Maximum Execution Time (ms)900,000
Request Payload (MB)6
Response Payload (MB)6
Green Energy
Unsupported Paid Feature Supported Unknown

Descriptions


Akamai Edge Workers


Akamai, the 800-pound gorilla in the CDN jungle, has joined the Edge Compute movement by launching their Edge Worker solution in 2021.

Leveraging Akamai’s gigantic network creates an attractive edge solution for those in need of large scale edge compute.

Akamai Edgeworkers is mainly used to deploy JavaScript functions, and possibly Python (we found 1 example with Python code in their repo). Apps can be found on the Akamai Marketplace in case you don’t want to develop your own applications from scratch.


Amazon Cloudfront Functions


Amazon Cloudfront Function introduces cloud computing to every CloudFront pop around the globe.

Amazon Cloudfront Functions differs from Amazon’s Lambda@Edge because CloudFront’s servers have been located traditionally at the edges of Amazon’s gigantic global network of servers. This means CloudFront functions will run closer to the end-user than traditional Lambda’s, which usually run within customers' own VPN or behind loadbalancers.

With this change in approach, Amazon hopes to even further play into the serverless space that is to become the future of IaaS or Serverless as a Service.

Given Amazon’s massive reach and the tremendously popular CloudFront product, this will surely be a success going forward. Perhaps even replacing Amazon’s Lambda@Edge in the long term?