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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

Product Akamai ChinaCache
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 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 Not available/supported

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 100
Oceania Unknown 0
Middle-East Unknown 0
Africa Unknown 0

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 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 ChinaCache
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Not available/supported
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, 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 Available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Extra costs
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
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 ~30 minutes delay
Purge - capabilities Unknown Partially Purge all, purge by directory
Analytics Unknown Available/supported
Log files Unknown Partially Logs are daily.
API Unknown Partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai ChinaCache
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown 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 Extra costs
Geo blocking Unknown Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Extra costs
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Extra costs

Support

Customer support Akamai ChinaCache
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Yes, but not public.
Humans Unknown Available/supported Different levels of support are available.