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Akamai versus ChinaCache

Easily compare Akamai and ChinaCache 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 ChinaCache
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 1998, publicly traded on NASDAQ (CCIH), ChinaCache is the first CDN in China and generally considered to be one of the better CDNs for China delivery because of their network, knowledge and experience from working with (enterprise) multinational customers. The ChinaCache network and services are not limited to mainland China and ChinaCache has been growing steadily outside China in the past years.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Akamai ChinaCache
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Site Accelerator Yes Dynamic Content Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Ion Yes Static Content Acceleration
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Download Delivery Yes Download Acceleration
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Adaptive Media Delivery Yes Media Acceleration
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Yes Media Acceleration
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Image & Video Manager No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Edge DNS Yes
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Protector Yes
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Kona DDoS Defender Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes EdgeWorkers Unknown

Network

Region Akamai ChinaCache
North America Unknown 8
Latin America Unknown 1
Europe Unknown 3
Russia & CIS Unknown 0
Asia excl. China Unknown 10
China Unknown 400
Oceania Unknown 0
Middle-East Unknown 1
Africa Unknown 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai ChinaCache
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
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

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Akamai ChinaCache
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. No
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Sortof/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 No Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Yes At customer request
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge Unknown
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS Yes HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Unknown Yes 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 Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Extra costs
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Yes CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
Cache control - client caching Unknown Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Sortof/partially <3 minutes delay
Purge - capabilities Unknown Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory
Analytics Unknown Yes
Log files Unknown Sortof/partially Logs are daily or hourly
API Unknown Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai ChinaCache
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown Sortof/partially Only for testing
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 Yes
Geo blocking Unknown Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown No
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes

Support

Customer support Akamai ChinaCache
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public.
Humans Unknown Yes Different levels of support are available.