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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 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. However, their network and services are not limited to mainland China and ChinaCache has been growing steadily outside China in the past years.


Product Akamai ChinaCache
Dynamic content delivery Available/supported Available/supported
Small file delivery Available/supported Available/supported
Large file delivery Available/supported Available/supported
Live video Available/supported Available/supported
Video on demand Available/supported Available/supported
DNS Available/supported Not available/supported
WAF Available/supported Not available/supported
Anti-DDoS Available/supported Not available/supported
Private CDN Unknown Not available/supported


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 & 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


Web acceleration Akamai ChinaCache
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Unknown
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s):// Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain Not available/supported Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 Available/supported Unknown
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge Unknown
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Unknown
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Unknown Unknown
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 Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Unknown
Cache control - client caching Unknown Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Unknown
Purge - capabilities Unknown Unknown
Analytics Unknown Unknown
Log files Unknown Unknown
API Unknown Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai ChinaCache
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Unknown Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown Unknown
Token authentication Unknown Unknown
Geo blocking Unknown Unknown
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Unknown


Customer support Akamai ChinaCache
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Yes, but not public.
Humans Unknown Unknown