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BelugaCDN versus Tata Communications

Easily compare BelugaCDN and Tata Communications 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 BelugaCDN Tata Communications
Short profile BelugaCDN launched their services in 2015 and is a pay-as-you-go, low-cost CDN provider. They have a full-featured IPv4+IPv6 network and POPs on 5 continents. Tata Communications is a full service, carrier grade, global CDN that has been in operation since their acquisition of BitGravity in 2012. The CDN rides on Tata’s global infrastructure which is the largest Tier 1 network in the world. Tata’s ownership of the network and peering relationships enable it to be very competitive when it comes to price.

Products

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

Network

Region BelugaCDN Tata Communications
North America 14 8
Latin America 1 0
Europe 3 4
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 5 10
China 0 0
Oceania 1 1
Middle-East 0 1
Africa 0 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration BelugaCDN Tata Communications
Minimum contract term None Unknown
Minimum monthly costs $5 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests 5000 requests per GB included. Overages $0.0035 per 10k requests Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.01 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

Web acceleration BelugaCDN Tata Communications
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Not available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially Often instant, sometimes a few minutes Partially <10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Partially Global Anycasted IP available, but Beluga recommends against it Available/supported Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported End of 2017
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Compress on the fly Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
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? Available/supported Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Available upon request Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Available upon request Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Honor origin sent headers or configure overrides Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Not available/supported Partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant Available/supported No longer than 2 mins, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all and purge using regex Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Available/supported All metrics are aggregated every 10 seconds, exported in real-time Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Log files Extra costs Real-time export to Elastic Search or Redis. FTP.
tooltip 10 million requests/month free, $0.50/million events exported overage
Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection BelugaCDN Tata Communications
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Not available/supported Not available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Not available/supported Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Available/supported Free (SNI)
tooltip TLS support includes full TLS Dynamic Record Sizing and ECDSA support per Q1 2017
Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Token authentication Available/supported Extra costs
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Available/supported Their support team is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported Available/supported White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI

Support

Customer support BelugaCDN Tata Communications
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public Partially Some documentation, not public
Humans Available/supported Basic support (setup & troubleshooting: M-F, 9AM-5PM EST) is included for all accounts. Platinum (monthly spend more than $500) accounts receive priority. Enterprise customers receive phone support (w/ custom SLA). Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support.