Comparison of the Akamai and Incapsula CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Akamai and Incapsula 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 Incapsula
POPs in North-America Not Available 9HelpSeattle, San Jose, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Ashburn, Atlanta, Miami
POPs in Europe Not Available 4HelpAmsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Paris
POPs in Asia (not China) Not Available 3HelpTokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore
POPs in China Not Available 0
POPs in Australia Not Available 2HelpSydney, Auckland
POPs in South-America Not Available 0HelpSao Paulo (Brazil) is coming soon.
POPs in Middle-East Not Available 1HelpTel Aviv
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 Incapsula
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 Incapsula
Origin-Pull Yes Yes
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes No
Purge Yes Yes
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 edge
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 YesHelpIncapsula offers granular control over the caching behavior, including setting custom caching directives for specific resources and/or resource groups (e.g. all *.jpg cached for 30 days).
Custom CNAMEs Yes Yes
HTTPS Yes YesHelpShared certificate is free on all plans except the Free plan. Enterprise customers can upload their own certificate.
Control Panel & statistics Yes YesHelpInsight in bandwidth usage, activity per URL, per geographical region/country. The data is available with a short delay of a few minutes.
Access Logs Yes NoHelpIncapsula does provide an event log showing all relevant security events.
API Yes YesHelpThe API is RESTful and format is JSON.
Support Yes YesHelpThe support levels are “plan-dependent”: Free Customers – Community Support Paying non-Enterprise Customers - Email 8X5 Enterprise Customers - Email, Phone 24X7 (incl. dedicated support contact and toll free number)
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