Comparison of the Verizon Digital Media Services and CloudFlare CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Verizon Digital Media Services and CloudFlare 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 Verizon Digital Media Services CloudFlare
POPs in North-America 12HelpAshburn, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Jose, Seattle. 12
POPs in Europe 11HelpAmsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Vienna, Warsaw. 23
POPs in Asia (not China) 12HelpChennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Singapore, Jakarta, Batam, Kaoshiung, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul 12
POPs in China 2HelpBeijing, Shanghai 13
POPs in Australia 2HelpSydney, Melbourne. 3
POPs in South-America 7HelpBarranquilla, Buenos Aires, Lima, Medellin, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Quito 5
POPs in Middle-East 1HelpMuscat 3
POPs in Africa 0 3

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 Verizon Digital Media Services CloudFlare
Price US/EU traffic - low volume Not Available $0.00 per GB
Price US/EU traffic - high volume Not Available $0.00 per GB
Extra charge for APAC region traffic Not Available No extra charge
Storage Not available
Resellers GoGrid, Speedyrails, JodiHost, TurboBytes

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 Verizon Digital Media Services CloudFlare
Origin-Pull Yes Yes
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes No
Purge Yes YesHelpAverage purge time is 5 seconds, which means files on POP edge servers are 'instantly'.
Purge All Yes YesHelpNot possible to purge per directory though.
Gzip Resend from origin, or compress on edgeHelpBy default, all Gzip compression is off, even if the origin sends a file compressed. VDMS does gzipping on the edge servers and this is easy to turn on in the online control panel. You can define the MIME types for files that should be compressed yourself which is great. Files larger than 1MB will never be served with compression, but that should not be a problem. If you want VDMS to honor the origin server compression on a cache miss request, you have to ask your VDMS account manager explicitly this on. Resend from origin, or compress on edgeHelpEnterprise customers can specify which file types get sent compressed to the client.
Persistent connections Yes Yes
Honors all origin server headers Yes Yes
Can override origin server headers YesHelpVDMS offers 3 modes for handling files with query string parameters (for example all.css?v=1). This can come in quite handy in some cases. Yes
Set caching headers for pushed files Yes Yes
Custom CNAMEs YesHelpYou can have multiple origins and CNAMEs. It's easy to setup in the online control panel. VDMS gives the IP addresses (ranges) of all their POPs, so you can whitelist the access to your origin if you need to. Yes
HTTPS Yes YesHelpCloudFlare provides a range of SSL/TLS features, including uploading your own certificate, Keyless SSL and they support both TLS Tickets and TLS IDs for faster TLS session resumption.
Control Panel & statistics YesHelpVDMS provides an easy-to-use, intuitive online panel. It includes lots of reports, like Traffic Summary, Data Transferred, Cache Hit Ratio and CDN Storage. You can add Users and grant each user access to specific sections in the control panel. Yes
Access Logs Yes YesHelpOnly available to Enterprise customers (at no extra charge)
API Yes YesHelpRestful JSON. HTTPS endpoint. 100% feature parity between UI and API.
Support YesHelpYou get a dedicated account manager and you will also be assigned a dedicated implementation engineer. YesHelpEnterprise customers have dedicated support representatives/engineers and 24/7 phone support.
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