Comparison of the Highwinds and CloudFlare CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Highwinds 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 Highwinds CloudFlare
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). 12
POPs in Europe 7HelpAmsterdam (6), Brussels, Frankfurt, London (2), Paris, Madrid, and Stockholm. 23
POPs in Asia (not China) 3HelpSeoul, Singapore and Tokyo 12
POPs in China 0 13
POPs in Australia 1HelpSydney 3
POPs in South-America 2HelpRio de Janeiro (1) and São Paulo (3). 5
POPs in Middle-East 0 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 Highwinds 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 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 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 edge 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 Yes Yes
Set caching headers for pushed files Yes Yes
Custom CNAMEs Yes 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 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 YesHelpOnly available to Enterprise customers (at no extra charge)
API Yes YesHelpRestful JSON. HTTPS endpoint. 100% feature parity between UI and API.
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. YesHelpEnterprise customers have dedicated support representatives/engineers and 24/7 phone support.
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