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AdvancedHosting versus Tata Communications

Easily compare AdvancedHosting and Tata Communications for POP locations, products, pricing, features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these content delivery networks.

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Company

Company AdvancedHosting Tata Communications
Short profile AdvancedHosting provides dedicated servers, cloud servers, cloud storage, CDN, AnycastDNS, DevOps as a Service and domain registration since 2002. The CDN has ~25 POPs on 4 continents, supporting delivery of video and static assets. Tata Communications is a full service, carrier grade, global CDN that has been in operation since their acquisition of BitGravity in 2012. The CDN rides on Tata’s global infrastructure which is the largest Tier 1 network in the world. Tata’s ownership of the network and peering relationships enable it to be very competitive when it comes to price.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product AdvancedHosting Tata Communications
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Yes Dynamic Site Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes CDN for Static Content Yes Whole Site Acceleration
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Large Object Rapid Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes CDN for Video Yes Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN for Video Yes Video On Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No Yes
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Anycast DNS No
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Yes CDN Security
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. No Yes CDN Security
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers No Unknown

Network

Region AdvancedHosting Tata Communications
North America 9 8
Latin America 2 0
Europe 9 4
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 3 10
China 0 0
Oceania 0 1
Middle-East 0 1
Africa 0 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration AdvancedHosting Tata Communications
Minimum contract term None Unknown
Minimum monthly costs $0.01 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps Unknown

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration AdvancedHosting Tata Communications
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially 2 to 3 minutes (video takes longer) Sortof/partially <10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No Yes Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
HTTP/2 Yes No End of 2017
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Sortof/partially Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Video: only pull over HTTP
Yes HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Can be different from origin host
tooltip Video: only origin Host
Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Free. Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs $25/TB No
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Origin or CDN controlled Yes Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Yes Origin or CDN controlled Yes Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Sortof/partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially A few minutes Yes No longer than 2 mins, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge specific files, purge all (not for VideoCDN) Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Sortof/partially Cache hit ratio and error rate not yet available Yes Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Log files No Available on request (support ticket) Sortof/partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection AdvancedHosting Tata Communications
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Sortof/partially Let's Encrypt with auto-renewal. CDN handles all. No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Can be an EV certificate. Free. Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Token authentication Yes Antihotlink protection Extra costs
Geo blocking Sortof/partially VideoCDN only Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Set allow and/or block list. Yes Their support team is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No No
IP white/blacklisting Sortof/partially VideoCDN only Yes White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI

Support

Customer support AdvancedHosting Tata Communications
Documentation Sortof/partially API docs and VoD API docs Sortof/partially Some documentation, not public
Humans Yes Ticket system, Skype and email support is free. Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support.