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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

Product Akamai SwiftServe
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Partially
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 Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Available/supported Not available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported Not available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Not available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Not available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown Available/supported

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

Web acceleration Akamai SwiftServe
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Not available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown 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 Not available/supported
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Not available/supported
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge Resend from origin or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Unknown Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Unknown Not available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Partially FTP or upload in portal. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported Set override caching rules. Per file type.
Cache control - client caching Unknown Available/supported
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Not available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Available/supported Up to 15 minutes
Purge - capabilities Unknown Partially Purge file, all and by directory
Analytics Unknown Partially Updated daily or hourly (premium)
tooltip No metrics per config/zone
Log files Unknown Extra costs Logs are daily
API Unknown Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai SwiftServe
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 Not available/supported
Token authentication Unknown Available/supported
Geo blocking Unknown Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Not available/supported
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Available/supported

Support

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