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Akamai is one of the oldest CDNs and generally considered to be the largest global CDN. They have 'servers everywhere' and a wide range of products and services. The company is actively involved in Let's Encrypt and is pushing HTTP/2 adoption.



View the table below for more insight into Akamai products.
Hover over/touch the product to view a short description.

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Site Accelerator
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Ion
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Download Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Adaptive Media Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Image & Video Manager
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Edge DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Protector
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Kona DDoS Defender
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes EdgeWorkers


Akamai does not publish specifics on how large their CDN network is and where the POPs are, other than 'A quarter of a million edge servers, deployed in thousands of locations around the world' as per the Intelligent Platform page on the Akamai website.


Akamai typically requires annual contracts with pricing depending on traffic volume and what features/services you need. Get in touch to learn more about their services and prices.
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Pricing & contract duration
Minimum contract term 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown


View the tables below for more insight into the features Akamai supports.
Hover over/touch the feature name to view a short description.

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s):// Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Unknown
Origin ShieldCDN Guide: Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown
Cache control - client caching Unknown
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown
Purge - capabilities Unknown
Analytics Unknown
Log files Unknown
API Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown
Token authentication Unknown
Geo blocking Unknown
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Unknown


Customer support
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Unknown

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