Comparison of the Akamai and Limelight CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Akamai and Limelight 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 Limelight
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 Limelight
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 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 Limelight
Origin-Pull Yes Yes
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes Yes
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 Yes
Custom CNAMEs Yes Yes
HTTPS Yes YesHelpCustom CNAME is available.
Control Panel & statistics Yes YesHelpGlobally Distributed User Agents collect real-time data about last-mile network conditions, providing detailed insight into the end-user experience.
Access Logs Yes Yes
API Yes Yes
Support Yes YesHelpAll English speaking based in USA. Local support will be handled by one of Limelight SE's in the London office where they have 4 Sales Engineers for Northern Europe (Benelux, Scandinavia, UK & Ireland).
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