Comparison of the Verizon Digital Media Services and XCDN CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Verizon Digital Media Services and XCDN 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 XCDN
POPs in North-America 12HelpAshburn, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Jose, Seattle. Not Available
POPs in Europe 11HelpAmsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Vienna, Warsaw. Not Available
POPs in Asia (not China) 12HelpChennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Singapore, Jakarta, Batam, Kaoshiung, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul Not Available
POPs in China 2HelpBeijing, Shanghai Not Available
POPs in Australia 2HelpSydney, Melbourne. Not Available
POPs in South-America 7HelpBarranquilla, Buenos Aires, Lima, Medellin, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Quito Not Available
POPs in Middle-East 1HelpMuscat Not Available
POPs in Africa 0 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 Verizon Digital Media Services XCDN
Price US/EU traffic - low volume Not Available $0.14 per GB
Price US/EU traffic - high volume Not Available $0.14 per GB
Extra charge for APAC region traffic Not Available 0%
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 XCDN
Origin-Pull Yes YesHelpThe origin can be either an IP address or a hostname. XCDN recommends using an origin hostname for greater operational control.
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes No
Purge Yes YesHelpPurges using an explicit URL takes approximately 10 minutes. Purges by directory or file extension may take as long as 40 minutes. No more than 10,000 outstanding requests at any time.
Purge All Yes Yes
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 edge
Persistent connections Yes Yes
Honors all origin server headers Yes NoHelpNot at this time. The XCDN platform will support passing along Cache-Control/Expires headers from the origin in May 2014.
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. YesHelpThis is the default mode of operation for XCDN. The XCDN configuration allows you to apply TTL values to extensions, directories, and/or file names. Matches can be applied either positively or negatively. More sophisticated matching is possible with the full Akamai Site Delivery offering. Contact Exceda for more information.
Set caching headers for pushed files Yes No
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 YesHelpThis is an addon ($150/per month). The XCDN service does not support custom (wildcard) certificates, aka vanity hostnames and does not support customer provided SSL certificates, but these features are supported with the full Akamai Site Delivery service offering. Customers can generate their certificate based on an Akamai provided CSR. Contact Exceda for more information.
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. YesHelpIn May of 2014, XCDN will be offering an array of proactive alerting for traffic and origin monitoring. A companion mobile application will be available in April of 2014 to enable basic traffic reporting, alerts, and URL purging functionality to both Android and iOS devices.
Access Logs Yes YesHelpThe XCDN service enables customers to obtain their edge delivery log files. Logs can be delivered via FTP or email. Customers can decide how large they want for their log tarball: 1MB, 2MB, 5MB, 10MB, 25MB, or 50MB in compressed file size. Additional delivery options such as encrypting logs and delivery of logs based on hits over time are available in the upgraded Akamai Site Delivery solution. Other arrangements can be made for RSYNC, SFTP, etc on a one off basis. Contact Exceda for more information.
API Yes NoHelpThe XCDN service offering does not currently support the use of external APIs.
Support YesHelpYou get a dedicated account manager and you will also be assigned a dedicated implementation engineer. YesHelpExceda is the only Akamai partner with certified professional services trained personnel on staff. We support English, Spanish, and Portuguese in our support center 7x24x365. Customers can get support via email, chat, phone, and web forum. Furthermore, customers can get assistance with their XCDN configuration for no additional charge.
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