Comparison of the Akamai and MaxCDN CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Akamai and MaxCDN 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 MaxCDN
POPs in North-America Not Available 9HelpPOPs are in New York, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Ashburn, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco.
POPs in Europe Not Available 3HelpAmsterdam, London and Frankfurt.
POPs in Asia (not China) Not Available 3HelpHong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.
POPs in China Not Available 0
POPs in Australia Not Available 1HelpSydney.
POPs in South-America Not Available 0HelpPOP is planned in Brazil.
POPs in Middle-East Not Available 1HelpIsrael.
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 MaxCDN
Price US/EU traffic - low volume Not Available $0.10 per GB, at 1 TB per month
Price US/EU traffic - high volume Not Available $0.08 per GB, at 25 TB per month
Extra charge for APAC region traffic Not Available No extra charge
Storage Not available 10 Gigabytes is $9.95/mHelpPrice per GB drops as volume goes up. E.g. 100 Gigabytes costs $69.95 a month.

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 MaxCDN
Origin-Pull Yes Yes
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes YesHelpSCP, SFTP & Rsync.
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. The CDN handles the gzippingHelpYou can easily enable Gzip compression in the control panel. Note that only files with these MIME types will be compressed: text/plain, text/html, text/javascript, text/css, text/xml, application/javascript, application/x-javascript, application/xml. Also note that MaxCDN will always request the files uncompressed from your origin server, even if your server can send it Gzipped.
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 YesHelpMaxCDN provides free shared SSL.
Control Panel & statistics Yes Yes
Access Logs Yes Yes
API Yes YesHelpXML-RPC API.
Support Yes YesHelpMaxCDN experts are available by phone Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm (PST), but email and ticket support are available 24/7.
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