Comparison of the Akamai and Internap CDNs

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

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 Internap
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 Yes, you pay for storage

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 Internap
Origin-Pull Yes Yes
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes YesHelpFiles can be uploaded to the CDN POPs via FTP, the control panel and rsync.
Purge Yes YesHelpBoth MediaConsole (the Internap online control panel) and the API support single file, multiple file (folder), and wildcard purge. The Cache Purge Manager tool built into MediaConsole allows ad hoc or scheduled purges.
Purge All Yes YesHelpCan be done via the online control panel and API.
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 GzipHelpGzip compression reduces the file size (bytes) of text-based files like HTML, CSS and JavaScript by approximately 70%. It's a well-known web performance best practice to turn on Gzip on the server.
Persistent connections Yes Yes
Honors all origin server headers Yes Yes
Can override origin server headers Yes YesHelpInternap offers lots of possibilities for this.
Set caching headers for pushed files Yes Yes
Custom CNAMEs Yes Yes
HTTPS Yes YesHelpInternap offers a free, shared wildcard certificate (no CNAME) and the option to upload your certificate, have a custom CNAME at $200/month.
Control Panel & statistics Yes Yes
Access Logs Yes Yes
API Yes Yes
Support Yes YesHelpInternap operates dual Network Operating Centers for geographic diversity, and staff the NOC with front line engineering resources who have the skills and tools to resolve network issues on the first call. The NOC is available 24/7/365 by phone, email, and chat. Internap received a StevieĀ® Award for 'Best Customer Service Department' of the Year at the 2011 American Business Awards.
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