Comparison of the Akamai and CloudFlare CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Akamai and CloudFlare 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 CloudFlare
POPs in North-America Not Available 12
POPs in Europe Not Available 23
POPs in Asia (not China) Not Available 12
POPs in China Not Available 13
POPs in Australia Not Available 3
POPs in South-America Not Available 5
POPs in Middle-East Not Available 3
POPs in Africa Not Available 3

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 CloudFlare
Price US/EU traffic - low volume Not Available $0.00 per GB
Price US/EU traffic - high volume Not Available $0.00 per GB
Extra charge for APAC region traffic Not Available No extra charge
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 CloudFlare
Origin-Pull Yes Yes
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes No
Purge Yes YesHelpAverage purge time is 5 seconds, which means files on POP edge servers are 'instantly'.
Purge All Yes YesHelpNot possible to purge per directory though.
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 edgeHelpEnterprise customers can specify which file types get sent compressed to the client.
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 YesHelpCloudFlare provides a range of SSL/TLS features, including uploading your own certificate, Keyless SSL and they support both TLS Tickets and TLS IDs for faster TLS session resumption.
Control Panel & statistics Yes Yes
Access Logs Yes YesHelpOnly available to Enterprise customers (at no extra charge)
API Yes YesHelpRestful JSON. HTTPS endpoint. 100% feature parity between UI and API.
Support Yes YesHelpEnterprise customers have dedicated support representatives/engineers and 24/7 phone support.
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