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Akamai versus Edgecast

Easily compare Akamai and Edgecast 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 Edgecast
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. The Edgecast Platform is a division of Yahoo. In 2013, Verizon acquired Edgecast's Content Delivery Network (CDN) along with upLynk's video workflow technology to create a next-generation platform. This platform streamlines the streaming video workflow including encoding, SSAI and delivery, plus accelerates and secures websites and content for broadcasters, retailers and enterprises. In 2021, Edgecast became part of Yahoo.


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


Region Akamai Edgecast
North America Unknown 18
Latin America Unknown 12
Europe Unknown 15
Russia & CIS Unknown 0
Asia excl. China Unknown 12
China Unknown 100
Oceania Unknown 3
Middle-East Unknown 3
Africa Unknown 2


Pricing & contract duration Akamai Edgecast
Minimum contract term 12 months Unknown
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


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Web acceleration Akamai Edgecast
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Sortof/partially Available through Microsoft Azure
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Yes A few minutes
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 Yes Anycasted network (regional)
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
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
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Unknown Extra costs Single POP shield or multiple. Full control
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Extra costs Origin Storage
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Yes Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Unknown Yes Full and granular control
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 Yes Purge Speed
Purge - capabilities Unknown Yes Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension
Analytics Unknown Yes Real-time, with many metrics in the UI
Log files Unknown Yes < 60 seconds
API Unknown Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai Edgecast
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Unknown Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Extra costs Non-SNI. Pricing is custom. Wildcard possible
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown Extra costs Pricing is custom
Token authentication Unknown Yes Included as core feature
Geo blocking Unknown Yes Included as core feature
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Yes Included as core feature
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Extra costs Supported via special configuration
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes Included as core feature


Customer support Akamai Edgecast
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public
Humans Unknown Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support.