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Akamai versus BaishanCloud

Easily compare Akamai and BaishanCloud 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 Akamai BaishanCloud
Short profile 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. BaishanCloud is a leading provider of cloud data services in China and around the world. As the only service provider based in China to be recognized by Gartner as possessing 'global' network capabilities, BaishanCloud is one of the fastest growing companies in the CDN space.

Products

Product Akamai BaishanCloud
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Available/supported
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Available/supported Available/supported
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Available/supported Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Available/supported Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported Not available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Not available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown Not available/supported

Network

Region Akamai BaishanCloud
North America Unknown 21
Latin America Unknown 8
Europe Unknown 22
Russia & CIS Unknown 10
Asia, excl China Unknown 25
China Unknown 350
Oceania Unknown 1
Middle-East Unknown 7
Africa Unknown 6

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai BaishanCloud
Minimum contract term 12 months No minimum
Minimum monthly costs Unknown No minimum
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.05 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.10 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.14 per GB

Features

Web acceleration Akamai BaishanCloud
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Not available/supported Account creation requires a BaishanCloud employee's assistance
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Partially 30 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain Not available/supported
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Available/supported
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge Resend, or compress on edge
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Unknown Available/supported Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Unknown Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Available/supported Upload in the portal or via API
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported By default, CDN honors origin headers
tooltip Full and granular control is possible
Cache control - client caching Unknown Available/supported By default, CDN honors origin headers
tooltip Full and granular control is possible
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support
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Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Available/supported Instantly
Purge - capabilities Unknown Available/supported Purge all, purge by directory. Purge by tag/key is in development
Analytics Unknown Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
Log files Unknown Partially Logs for a day can be downloaded the next day. Free
API Unknown Available/supported Purge, configuration, analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai BaishanCloud
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown Available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown Extra costs Pricing is custom
Token authentication Unknown Available/supported Not self-service, support is needed
Geo blocking Unknown Extra costs Not self-service, support is needed
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Available/supported Not self-service, support is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Available/supported Not self-service, support is needed
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Available/supported Not self-service, support is needed

Support

Customer support Akamai BaishanCloud
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Good documentation but not public
Humans Unknown Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email support. Phone support is free and available in English during US business hours and 24/7 in Chinese language.