Comparison of the Akamai and Amazon Cloudfront CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Akamai and Amazon Cloudfront 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 Amazon Cloudfront
POPs in North-America Not Available 14HelpUS edge locations are in Ashburn, VA (3); Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Hayward, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Los Angeles, CA (2); Miami, FL; New York, NY (3); Newark, NJ; Palo Alto, CA; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA, South Bend, IN and St. Louis, MO
POPs in Europe Not Available 10HelpAmsterdam (2), Dublin, Frankfurt (3), London (3), Madrid, Marseille, Milan, Paris (2), Stockholm, Warsaw.
POPs in Asia (not China) Not Available 9HelpChennai, India; Mumbai, India; Hong Kong (2); Singapore (2); Tokyo (2); Osaka; Seoul; Taipei, Taiwan; Manila, the Philippines
POPs in China Not Available 0
POPs in Australia Not Available 2HelpSydney, Melbourne
POPs in South-America Not Available 2HelpSao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
POPs in Middle-East Not Available 0
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 Amazon Cloudfront
Price US/EU traffic - low volume Not Available $0.12 per GB
Price US/EU traffic - high volume Not Available $0.02 per GB, at 5000 TB per month
Extra charge for APAC region traffic Not Available 58%Help$0.19 / GB for Hong Kong & Singapore and $0.201 / GB for Japan
Storage Not available FreeHelpS3 storage charges may apply for S3 backed distributions.

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 Amazon Cloudfront
Origin-Pull Yes YesHelpOrigin pull is called "Custom Origin" when creating a new Cloudfront distribution.
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes YesHelpTo use push, set the Cloudfront distribution to use "Amazon S3 Origin" as the source.
Purge Yes YesHelpCloudfront charges $0.005 per file purged. 1,000 purges are free per month.
Purge All Yes No
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. Only if origin server does Gzip
Persistent connections Yes Yes
Honors all origin server headers Yes Yes
Can override origin server headers Yes No
Set caching headers for pushed files Yes Yes
Custom CNAMEs Yes YesHelpThere is a limit of 100 CNAMEs per distribution.
HTTPS Yes Yes
Control Panel & statistics Yes Yes
Access Logs Yes YesHelpAccess logs can be optionally written to a S3 bucket.
API Yes Yes
Support Yes NoHelpBy default aws only provides a forum for community support. Premium support is available at extra charges.
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