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Akamai versus CDNvideo

Easily compare Akamai and CDNvideo 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 CDNvideo
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. CDNvideo is a global CDN provider with a wide network of servers located on five continents and a part of Wangsu group owning the second largest CDN in the world (>86K servers + bandwidth of 42 TB/sec). Their specialties are live streaming, VoD, HTTP caching, transcoding and website acceleration. CDNvideo has developed an unlimited cloud storage and an HTML5 player enabling P2P streaming and 360-degree video demonstration.

Products

Product Akamai CDNvideo
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Unknown
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 Not available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported Unknown
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Unknown
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Unknown
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown Unknown

Network

Region Akamai CDNvideo
North America Unknown 13
Latin America Unknown 7
Europe Unknown 11
Russia & CIS Unknown 37
Asia, excl China Unknown 23
China Unknown 100
Oceania Unknown 4
Middle-East Unknown 8
Africa Unknown 7

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai CDNvideo
Minimum contract term 12 months 1 month
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $50
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
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.05
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.05

Features

Web acceleration Akamai CDNvideo
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Available/supported 5 minutes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Partially 5 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 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
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip IP address as origin is possible
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 Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Extra costs Upload via web interface. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported
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 Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Partially Purging takes a few minutes
Purge - capabilities Unknown Partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Unknown Partially 1-5 minutes delay
Log files Unknown Partially Download from the UI
tooltip Logs are ~ 30 minutes delayed
API Unknown Available/supported Purge, analytics and configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai CDNvideo
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown Available/supported Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Available/supported Free
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 CDNvideo
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Yes, the Starters Guide is available to the public
Humans Unknown Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email, Skype and phone support