Comparison of the Internap and ChinaCache CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Internap 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 Internap ChinaCache
POPs in North-America Not Available 8HelpNew York, Washington, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle
POPs in Europe Not Available 3HelpLondon, Frankfurt, Paris
POPs in Asia (not China) Not Available 7HelpTaiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, HongKong
POPs in China Not Available 127HelpThe number of locations is too high to list them all, but cities include Shanghai, Beijing and GuangZhou.
POPs in Australia Not Available 0
POPs in South-America Not Available 0
POPs in Middle-East Not Available 1HelpQatar
POPs in Africa Not Available 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 Internap 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 Yes, you pay for storage

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 Internap 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) YesHelpFiles can be uploaded to the CDN POPs via FTP, the control panel and rsync. Yes
Purge 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. YesHelpPurge time is 3 to 5 minutes. No more than 100 purge requests at one time.
Purge All YesHelpCan be done via the online control panel and API. Yes
Gzip 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. 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 YesHelpInternap offers lots of possibilities for this. Yes
Set caching headers for pushed files Yes Yes
Custom CNAMEs Yes Yes
HTTPS YesHelpInternap offers a free, shared wildcard certificate (no CNAME) and the option to upload your certificate, have a custom CNAME at $200/month. YesHelpCustom CNAME is possible + upload your own certificate.
Control Panel & statistics Yes 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 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 StevieĀ® Award for 'Best Customer Service Department' of the Year at the 2011 American Business Awards. YesHelp247 phone and email support for all customers. In China you can call a local toll free number.
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