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Akamai versus Incapsula

Easily compare Akamai and Incapsula 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 Incapsula
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. Incapsula launched in 2009 and is a security-first CDN, with DDoS mitigation and Web Application Firewall services, as well as CDN-acceleration features like dynamic content caching & smart content optimization. Incapsula comes integrated with load balancing and failover solutions.

Products

Product Akamai Incapsula
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 Not available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Not available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported Partially
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown Unknown

Network

Region Akamai Incapsula
North America Unknown 10
Latin America Unknown 1
Europe Unknown 9
Russia & CIS Unknown 1
Asia, excl China Unknown 4
China Unknown 0
Oceania Unknown 3
Middle-East Unknown 1
Africa Unknown 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai Incapsula
Minimum contract term 12 months 1 month
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $0
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 No volume charge
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown No volume charge
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown No volume charge

Features

Web acceleration Akamai Incapsula
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Available/supported Instant
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 Available/supported Anycasted network (regional)
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported FAQ
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Available/supported
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge Compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Can be IP address
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Unknown Available/supported Can configure specific other Host header.
tooltip Forward client request Host header is possible
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Unknown Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported Granular control/override rules possible
Cache control - client caching Unknown Available/supported Granular control/override rules possible
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Partially
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Available/supported Instant
Purge - capabilities Unknown Available/supported Purge all, by directory, by file extension
Analytics Unknown Available/supported Real time perf and security events dashboard
Log files Unknown Available/supported Available via UI, API, or full SIEM integration
tooltip Logs are not delayed
API Unknown Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai Incapsula
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown Available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Available/supported Not in Free plan. Included in all other plans
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown Available/supported Included in Business and Enterprise plans
Token authentication Unknown Not 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 Two Factor Authentication
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Available/supported IP address/ranges/subnets, self-service in UI

Support

Customer support Akamai Incapsula
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Unknown Available/supported Free plan has community support, all paid plans offer email support, Enterprise gets 24/7 phone support