Comparison of the Akamai and Leaseweb CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Akamai and Leaseweb 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 Leaseweb
POPs in North-America Not Available 3HelpWashington DC, Silicon Valley, Miami
POPs in Europe Not Available 2HelpAmsterdam, Frankfurt
POPs in Asia (not China) Not Available 1HelpSingapore
POPs in China Not Available 0
POPs in Australia Not Available 0
POPs in South-America Not Available 0
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 Leaseweb
Price US/EU traffic - low volume Not Available $0.05 per GB, at 1 TB per monthHelp1TB (EUR 49) minimum commitment.
Price US/EU traffic - high volume Not Available $0.03 per GB, at 50 TB per month
Extra charge for APAC region traffic Not Available 0%
Storage Not available FreeHelp2 GB included for free

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 Leaseweb
Origin-Pull Yes YesHelpOrigin can be a hostname or IP address.
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes Yes
Purge Yes YesHelpThe average time for a purge request to execute on all CDN servers is less than 5 minutes. The CDN supports ‘soft TTL’ or ‘soft invalidation’. This means the customer can configure after how long the CDN needs to check on the origin if a file is still valid.
Purge All Yes YesHelpYou can purge all files in a directory and all files in all directories.
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 edgeHelpCustomer can configure which files get sent compressed.
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 YesHelpShared certificate is free. Customer upload his own SSL certificate. Support for SAN and EV SAN certificates.
Control Panel & statistics Yes YesHelpInsight in bandwidth usage is per 5minute, hourly, daily, monthly. Reports include: - #requests for top urls - activity per geographical region/country on a map - AS Number distribution
Access Logs Yes YesHelpAccessible via FTP and FTPS. Logs are W3C compliant. The logs have an impact on storage used, and so on the charges for storage (first 2 GB is free).
API Yes YesHelpAPI is REST with JSON output. API has a HTTPS endpoint. No billing info via API.
Support Yes YesHelp24/7 phone support.
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