Comparison of the Highwinds and ChinaCache CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Highwinds and ChinaCache 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 ChinaCache
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). 8HelpNew York, Washington, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle
POPs in Europe 7HelpAmsterdam (6), Brussels, Frankfurt, London (2), Paris, Madrid, and Stockholm. 3HelpLondon, Frankfurt, Paris
POPs in Asia (not China) 3HelpSeoul, Singapore and Tokyo 7HelpTaiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, HongKong
POPs in China 0 127HelpThe number of locations is too high to list them all, but cities include Shanghai, Beijing and GuangZhou.
POPs in Australia 1HelpSydney 0
POPs in South-America 2HelpRio de Janeiro (1) and São Paulo (3). 0
POPs in Middle-East 0 1HelpQatar
POPs in Africa 0 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 Highwinds ChinaCache
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
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 ChinaCache
Origin-Pull Yes YesHelpChinaCache supports 'soft TTL' or 'soft invalidation'. This means that the customer can configure after how long the CDN needs to check on the origin if a file is still valid.
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes Yes
Purge Yes YesHelpPurge time is 3 to 5 minutes. No more than 100 purge requests at one time.
Purge All Yes Yes
Gzip Resend from origin, or compress on edge Resend from origin, or compress on edgeHelpGZIP is not on by default, so make sure you don't forget to turn it on.
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 possible + upload your own certificate.
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. YesHelpInsight in activity per geographical region/country (not per URL) and informationis available in real-time. You get detailed analytics for mainland China.
Access Logs Yes YesHelpDownload via HTTP or have ChinaCache upload the log files to your server via FTP. No extra charge.
API Yes YesHelpSOAP with JSON response. HTTPS end point. You can do purging, get billing info, get usage info. No limit on the number of API calls per month.
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. YesHelp247 phone and email support for all customers. In China you can call a local toll free number.
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