Comparison of the Akamai and ChinaCache CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Akamai and ChinaCache for POP locations, pricing and features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these Content Delivery Networks.

POP locations Akamai ChinaCache
POPs in North-America Not Available 8HelpNew York, Washington, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle
POPs in Europe Not Available 3HelpLondon, Frankfurt, Paris
POPs in Asia (not China) Not Available 7HelpTaiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, HongKong
POPs in China Not Available 127HelpThe number of locations is too high to list them all, but cities include Shanghai, Beijing and GuangZhou.
POPs in Australia Not Available 0
POPs in South-America Not Available 0
POPs in Middle-East Not Available 1HelpQatar
POPs in Africa Not Available 0

A POP is a Point Of Presence, an access point to the Internet. It is a physical, strategically placed location that houses multiple CDN servers.

Pricing Akamai ChinaCache
Price US/EU traffic - low volume Not Available Not Available
Price US/EU traffic - high volume Not Available Not Available
Extra charge for APAC region traffic Not Available Not Available
Storage Not available

Note: custom price plans are very common in the CDN market, especially for large volume customers. We recommend you always talk to the CDN provider about your needs and requirements and work with them to get a best-fit deal.

Features & Support Akamai ChinaCache
Origin-Pull Yes YesHelpChinaCache supports 'soft TTL' or 'soft invalidation'. This means that the customer can configure after how long the CDN needs to check on the origin if a file is still valid.
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes Yes
Purge Yes YesHelpPurge time is 3 to 5 minutes. No more than 100 purge requests at one time.
Purge All Yes Yes
Gzip Resend from origin, or compress on edgeHelpThe Last Mile Accelerator feature will compress content before delivery to the end user, and is intended to assist in cases where the origin server cannot compress the content before serving, for whatever reason. Resend from origin, or compress on edgeHelpGZIP is not on by default, so make sure you don't forget to turn it on.
Persistent connections Yes Yes
Honors all origin server headers Yes Yes
Can override origin server headers Yes Yes
Set caching headers for pushed files Yes Yes
Custom CNAMEs Yes Yes
HTTPS Yes YesHelpCustom CNAME is possible + upload your own certificate.
Control Panel & statistics Yes YesHelpInsight in activity per geographical region/country (not per URL) and informationis available in real-time. You get detailed analytics for mainland China.
Access Logs Yes YesHelpDownload via HTTP or have ChinaCache upload the log files to your server via FTP. No extra charge.
API Yes YesHelpSOAP with JSON response. HTTPS end point. You can do purging, get billing info, get usage info. No limit on the number of API calls per month.
Support Yes YesHelp247 phone and email support for all customers. In China you can call a local toll free number.
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