Comparison of the Tata Communications and XCDN CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Tata Communications 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 Tata Communications XCDN
POPs in North-America 8HelpAshburn, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, San Jose, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York Not Available
POPs in Europe 3HelpLondon, Paris, Frankfurt. Not Available
POPs in Asia (not China) 9HelpHong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taipei, India (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai). A new POP in Vietnam will come online in Q4 2015. Not Available
POPs in China 0 Not Available
POPs in Australia 2HelpPerth, Adelaide. Not Available
POPs in South-America 0 Not Available
POPs in Middle-East 1HelpSaudi Arabia 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 Tata Communications 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
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 Tata Communications 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 YesHelpCustomers can purge files from the Tata Communications CDN edge servers per file, per directory and do a purge of all files. 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 YesHelpTata Communications CDN supports the HTTP/1.1 RFC and can support any parameters for query strings. Futhermore, Tata Communications CDN can configure based on most customer use cases, so at the customer, host, MIME type, or URL level. 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 YesHelpAccess logs are available for an additional fee. 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 YesHelpAccess logs are available for an additional fee. 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 YesHelpThe API can be used to do Push and Purge. NoHelpThe XCDN service offering does not currently support the use of external APIs.
Support YesHelp24/7/365 phone and email support included. 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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