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Akamai versus CDNetworks

Easily compare Akamai and CDNetworks 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 CDNetworks
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. Founded in 2000, CDNetworks has been in the content delivery space longer than most other CDNs. CDNetworks always had, and still has, a strong focus on emerging markets like Brazil and Russia. CDNetworks has a wide range of content delivery/acceleration and security products.

Products

Product Akamai CDNetworks
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 Available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported 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 CDNetworks
North America Unknown 11
Latin America Unknown 7
Europe Unknown 13
Russia & CIS Unknown 17
Asia, excl China Unknown 8
China Unknown 20
Oceania Unknown 1
Middle-East Unknown 7
Africa Unknown 4

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai CDNetworks
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

Web acceleration Akamai CDNetworks
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Partially ~ 15 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 Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge Resend from origin or compress on edge
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 Multiple POPs can act as shield
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Extra costs
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Unknown Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Partially Completion time is 5 - 10 minutes
Purge - capabilities Unknown Available/supported Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension
Analytics Unknown Available/supported
Log files Unknown Available/supported
API Unknown Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai CDNetworks
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown Not available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown Extra costs
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 Available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Available/supported

Support

Customer support Akamai CDNetworks
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Unknown Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support