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CacheFly versus AdvancedHosting

Easily compare CacheFly and AdvancedHosting 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 CacheFly AdvancedHosting
Short profile Launched in 2002, CacheFly developed the world's first TCP-anycast based content delivery network. CacheFly has a focus on optimizing the CDN for throughput and has steadily built out the network to now have 50+ POPs on 6 continents. CacheFly provides a 100% uptime SLA and takes pride in acting as 'consultants to our customers'. AdvancedHosting provides dedicated servers, cloud servers, cloud storage, CDN, AnycastDNS, DevOps as a Service and domain registration since 2002. The CDN has ~25 POPs on 4 continents, supporting delivery of video and static assets.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CacheFly AdvancedHosting
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes No
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes CDN for Static Content
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Ultra Low Latency Video Streaming Yes CDN for Video
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes VoD Yes CDN for Video
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Smart Image Optimization No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Yes Anycast DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Unknown No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Unknown No
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Fully custom solution No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Sortof/partially Custom solutions available for edge scripting No

Network

Region CacheFly AdvancedHosting
North America 17 9
Latin America 11 2
Europe 14 9
Russia & CIS 2 1
Asia excl. China 7 3
China 2 0
Oceania 3 0
Middle-East 5 0
Africa 1 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CacheFly AdvancedHosting
Minimum contract term 1 month None
Minimum monthly costs $595 (35 TB/m) $0.01
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests No None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) n/a $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps
APAC traffic (low volume) n/a $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps
LATAM traffic (low volume) n/a $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CacheFly AdvancedHosting
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially 5 - 180s depending on the change Sortof/partially 2 to 3 minutes (video takes longer)
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs Must purchase dedicated IP
tooltip Or use DNS provider that can do CNAME flattening
No
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? No Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible
Yes HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Video: only pull over HTTP
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Set specific Host header value or forward value from client to edge request Yes Can be different from origin host
tooltip Video: only origin Host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Yes Free.
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP. Some storage free, more storage available at additional costs Extra costs $25/TB
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Cache control - client caching Yes Origin headers are forwarded to client. Can config overrides Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes CacheFly support team can activate this edge behaviour Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant (under 5s) Sortof/partially A few minutes
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory, not by tag or header Yes Purge specific files, purge all (not for VideoCDN)
Analytics Yes Near real-time, lots of metrics Sortof/partially Cache hit ratio and error rate not yet available
Log files Extra costs Pull via FTP or have pushed to customer endpoint
tooltip Logs are 5 minutes delayed
No Available on request (support ticket)
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CacheFly AdvancedHosting
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Custom pricing Sortof/partially Let's Encrypt with auto-renewal. CDN handles all.
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert and/or Non-SNI possible Yes Can be an EV certificate. Free.
Token authentication Yes Self-service activation/configuration Yes Antihotlink protection
Geo blocking Yes Self-service activation/configuration. Predefined and custom rules Sortof/partially VideoCDN only
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes Set allow and/or block list.
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Extra costs Available in a Custom/Private CDN scenario No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Custom rules can be scripted (by support team at no extra charge) Sortof/partially VideoCDN only

Support

Customer support CacheFly AdvancedHosting
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially API docs and VoD API docs
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support and a dedicated implementation/solutions engineer. Extra support ('Elite managed') available at a fee with SLA for support response time Yes Ticket system, Skype and email support is free.