Comparison of the Highwinds and Cachefly CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Highwinds and Cachefly 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 Highwinds Cachefly
POPs in North-America 13HelpAshburn (13), Atlanta (2), Chicago (4), Dallas (4), Los Angeles (13), Miami (1), New York (8), Newark (1), Phoenix (6), San Francisco (2), San Jose/Sunnyvale (7), Seattle (3) and Toronto (3). 11HelpNew York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Jose, Dallas, Miami, Washington DC, Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Montreal
POPs in Europe 7HelpAmsterdam (6), Brussels, Frankfurt, London (2), Paris, Madrid, and Stockholm. 15HelpAmsterdam, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, Warsaw, Zurich
POPs in Asia (not China) 3HelpSeoul, Singapore and Tokyo 6HelpMumbai, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Tokyo
POPs in China 0 0
POPs in Australia 1HelpSydney 3HelpPerth, Melbourne and Sydney
POPs in South-America 2HelpRio de Janeiro (1) and São Paulo (3). 2HelpSao Paulo, La Paz
POPs in Middle-East 0 2HelpDoha, Tel Aviv
POPs in Africa 0 1HelpJohannesburg

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 Highwinds Cachefly
Price US/EU traffic - low volume Not Available $0.10 per GB, at 10 TB per month
Price US/EU traffic - high volume Not Available $0.02 per GB, at 2000 TB per month
Extra charge for APAC region traffic Not Available 100%Help$0.20 in South-America and India, $0.15 in Asia and $0.17 in Africa, Australia and Middle-East.
Storage Not available Lots of space included
Resellers 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 Highwinds Cachefly
Origin-Pull Yes YesHelpThe Pricing page on the CacheFly site mentions that PLUS customers can't do Origin-Pull, but that is not true.
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes YesHelpFTP, SFTP, SCP or rsync.
Purge Yes Yes
Purge All Yes Yes
Gzip Resend from origin, or compress on edge Resend from origin, or compress on edgeHelpCachefly will (of course) not re-compress files that are already being sent compressed by the origin server.
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 YesHelpThe rules engine allows you to set custom expire headers by file extension and folder.
Custom CNAMEs Yes Yes
HTTPS Yes Yes
Control Panel & statistics YesHelpThe console is called StrikeTracker, a Rich Internet Application (RIA) that provides a single, integrated front-end control console for managing all of the CDN services. In 2010 StrikeTracker won the European Readers' Choice Award for best Reporting and Analytics Solutions. Yes
Access Logs Yes Yes
API Yes Yes
Support YesHelpThe Highwinds Network Operations Center is based out of Phoenix, Arizona. They are available 24/7 and can be dialed directly for support. Email is an easy way to get a ticket started up for tracking purposes. Yes
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