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Akamai versus Level 3

Easily compare Akamai and Level 3 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 Level 3
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. Level 3 owns and operates a global Tier-1 network and - logically - their CDN runs on top of it. Level 3 CDN has POPs on all continents and their product focus is on video and large object delivery. Level 3 CDN is part of the Google Cloud CDN Interconnect.

Products

Product Akamai Level 3
Dynamic content delivery Available/supported Not 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 Available/supported
Private CDN Unknown Not available/supported

Network

Region Akamai Level 3
North America Unknown 30
Latin America Unknown 9
Europe Unknown 38
Russia & CIS Unknown 4
Asia, excl China Unknown 8
China Unknown 0
Oceania Unknown 1
Middle-East Unknown 5
Africa Unknown 4

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai Level 3
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 None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

Web acceleration Akamai Level 3
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
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)://domain.com Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain Not available/supported No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not 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 from origin
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
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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 Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Partially
Cache control - client caching Unknown Partially
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 Available/supported Instant
Purge - capabilities Unknown Partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Unknown Available/supported
Log files Unknown Available/supported
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Unknown Partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai Level 3
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown Not available/supported
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 Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Unknown

Support

Customer support Akamai Level 3
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Unknown Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support