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Akamai versus BelugaCDN

Easily compare Akamai and BelugaCDN 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 BelugaCDN
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. BelugaCDN launched their services in 2015 and is a pay-as-you-go, low-cost CDN provider. They have a full-featured IPv4+IPv6 network and POPs on 5 continents.

Products

Product Akamai BelugaCDN
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Not 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 Partially
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Available/supported Not 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 Not available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown Extra costs

Network

Region Akamai BelugaCDN
North America Unknown 14
Latin America Unknown 1
Europe Unknown 3
Russia & CIS Unknown 0
Asia, excl China Unknown 5
China Unknown 0
Oceania Unknown 1
Middle-East Unknown 0
Africa Unknown 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai BelugaCDN
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $5
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown 5000 requests per GB included. Overages $0.0035 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.01 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

Web acceleration Akamai BelugaCDN
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Partially Often instant, sometimes a few 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 Partially Global Anycasted IP available, but Beluga recommends against it
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 Compress on the fly
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
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Unknown Extra costs Available upon request
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Extra costs Available upon request
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported Honor origin sent headers or configure overrides
Cache control - client caching Unknown Available/supported
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Not available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Available/supported Instant
Purge - capabilities Unknown Partially Purge all and purge using regex
Analytics Unknown Available/supported All metrics are aggregated every 10 seconds, exported in real-time
Log files Unknown Extra costs Real-time export to Elastic Search or Redis. FTP.
tooltip 10 million requests/month free, $0.50/million events exported overage
API Unknown Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai BelugaCDN
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown Not available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown Available/supported Free (SNI)
tooltip TLS support includes full TLS Dynamic Record Sizing and ECDSA support per Q1 2017
Token authentication Unknown Available/supported
Geo blocking Unknown Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Available/supported
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Available/supported

Support

Customer support Akamai BelugaCDN
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Unknown Available/supported Basic support (setup & troubleshooting: M-F, 9AM-5PM EST) is included for all accounts. Platinum (monthly spend more than $500) accounts receive priority. Enterprise customers receive phone support (w/ custom SLA).