Comparison of the Internap and XCDN CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Internap 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 Internap XCDN
POPs in North-America Not Available Not Available
POPs in Europe Not Available Not Available
POPs in Asia (not China) Not Available Not Available
POPs in China Not Available Not Available
POPs in Australia Not Available Not Available
POPs in South-America Not Available Not Available
POPs in Middle-East Not Available Not Available
POPs in Africa Not Available 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 Internap 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 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 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) YesHelpFiles can be uploaded to the CDN POPs via FTP, the control panel and rsync. No
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. 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 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 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 YesHelpInternap offers lots of possibilities for this. 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 YesHelpInternap offers a free, shared wildcard certificate (no CNAME) and the option to upload your certificate, have a custom CNAME at $200/month. 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 Yes 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 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. 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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