Amazon Cloudfront Functions compared to Akamai Edge Workers

Amazon Cloudfront Functions
Versus
Akamai Edge Workers

Features

Edge Features of Amazon Cloudfront Functions compared to Akamai Edge Workers
Amazon Cloudfront FunctionsFeaturesAkamai Edge Workers
Functions / Serverless
JavaScript, Go, C, C++, .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, RubyFunctions Supported LanguagesJavaScript
Worker.js Environment
Yes, through EC2 Container Registry (ECR)Docker Support
Docker Private Registry
Kubernetes Support
Managed Kubernetes
All POPs connected to your Cloudfront propertyAvailability Regions4100+ POPs worldwide
128Default Memory (MB)
3008Maximum Memory (MB)
3,000Execution Time (ms)
900,000Maximum Execution Time (ms)
6Request Payload (MB)
6Response Payload (MB)
Green Energy
Unsupported Paid Feature Supported Unknown

Descriptions


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?


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.