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Akamai versus SwiftServe

Easily compare Akamai and SwiftServe 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 SwiftServe
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. SwiftServe CDN, operated by Conversant, has a strong POP presence in Asia and especially Indonesia. Their services include web acceleration, file download optimisation, video on demand (VoD) and live streaming. Conversant operates the largest CDN Federation in Asia.

Products

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

Network

Region Akamai SwiftServe
North America Unknown 2
Latin America Unknown 0
Europe Unknown 1
Russia & CIS Unknown 0
Asia excl. China Unknown 20
China Unknown 1
Oceania Unknown 0
Middle-East Unknown 0
Africa Unknown 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai SwiftServe
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

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Akamai SwiftServe
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. No
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Sortof/partially 15 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 No
HTTP/2 Yes No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown No
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 Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Unknown No
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Sortof/partially FTP or upload in portal. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Yes Set override caching rules. Per file type.
Cache control - client caching Unknown Yes
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes No
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Yes Up to 15 minutes
Purge - capabilities Unknown Sortof/partially Purge file, all and by directory
Analytics Unknown Sortof/partially Updated daily or hourly (premium)
tooltip No metrics per config/zone
Log files Unknown Extra costs Logs are daily
API Unknown Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai SwiftServe
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown No
Token authentication Unknown Yes
Geo blocking Unknown Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown No
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown No
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes

Support

Customer support Akamai SwiftServe
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Unknown Yes All customers get email support. 24/7 phone support is available (costs extra)