Comparison of the Highwinds and XCDN CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Highwinds 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 Highwinds XCDN
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 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 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 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 edge 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 Yes 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 Yes 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 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. 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 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. 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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