Comparison of the Highwinds and Internap CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Highwinds and Internap 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 Internap
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). Not Available
POPs in Europe 7HelpAmsterdam (6), Brussels, Frankfurt, London (2), Paris, Madrid, and Stockholm. Not Available
POPs in Asia (not China) 3HelpSeoul, Singapore and Tokyo Not Available
POPs in China 0 Not Available
POPs in Australia 1HelpSydney Not Available
POPs in South-America 2HelpRio de Janeiro (1) and São Paulo (3). Not Available
POPs in Middle-East 0 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 Highwinds Internap
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 Yes, you pay for storage
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 Internap
Origin-Pull Yes Yes
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes YesHelpFiles can be uploaded to the CDN POPs via FTP, the control panel and rsync.
Purge Yes YesHelpBoth MediaConsole (the Internap online control panel) and the API support single file, multiple file (folder), and wildcard purge. The Cache Purge Manager tool built into MediaConsole allows ad hoc or scheduled purges.
Purge All Yes YesHelpCan be done via the online control panel and API.
Gzip Resend from origin, or compress on edge Only if origin server does GzipHelpGzip compression reduces the file size (bytes) of text-based files like HTML, CSS and JavaScript by approximately 70%. It's a well-known web performance best practice to turn on Gzip on the server.
Persistent connections Yes Yes
Honors all origin server headers Yes Yes
Can override origin server headers Yes YesHelpInternap offers lots of possibilities for this.
Set caching headers for pushed files Yes Yes
Custom CNAMEs Yes Yes
HTTPS Yes YesHelpInternap offers a free, shared wildcard certificate (no CNAME) and the option to upload your certificate, have a custom CNAME at $200/month.
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. YesHelpInternap operates dual Network Operating Centers for geographic diversity, and staff the NOC with front line engineering resources who have the skills and tools to resolve network issues on the first call. The NOC is available 24/7/365 by phone, email, and chat. Internap received a Stevie® Award for 'Best Customer Service Department' of the Year at the 2011 American Business Awards.
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