Vercel compared to Amazon Cloudfront Functions

Amazon Cloudfront Functions


Edge Features of Vercel compared to Amazon Cloudfront Functions
VercelFeaturesAmazon Cloudfront Functions
Functions / Serverless
Node.js, Go, Python, RubyFunctions supported languagesJavaScript, Go, C/++, .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby
Worker.js Environment
Docker supportYes, through EC2 Container Registry (ECR)
Docker private registry
Kubernetes support
Managed Kubernetes
23 Edge locationsAvailability regionsAll POPs connected to your Cloudfront property
1024Default Memory (MB)128
3008Maximum Memory (MB)3008
10,000Execution Time (ms)3,000
900,000Maximum Execution Time (ms)900,000
5Request Payload (MB)6
5Response Payload (MB)6
Unsupported Paid Feature Supported Unknown



Formerly known as ZEIT, Vercel has a lot to offer in the serverless movement.

ZEIT was one of the pioneering companies at the time pushing Serverless technology. ZEIT’s first focus was to ease deployments, which resulted in the creation of Next.js.

Some of Vercel’s customers include AirBnB, Auth0, GitHub and the Washington Post.

Vercel announced a whopping $21M Series A funding early 2020.

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?