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CacheFly versus Akamai

Easily compare CacheFly and Akamai 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 Akamai
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 ~40 POPs on 6 continents. 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.

Products

Product CacheFly Akamai
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Not available/supported Available/supported
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 Not available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Not available/supported Available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Not available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Not available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Unknown

Network

Region CacheFly Akamai
North America 11 Unknown
Latin America 2 Unknown
Europe 14 Unknown
Russia & CIS 1 Unknown
Asia, excl China 7 Unknown
China 0 Unknown
Oceania 3 Unknown
Middle-East 4 Unknown
Africa 1 Unknown

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CacheFly Akamai
Minimum contract term 1 month 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $500 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

Web acceleration CacheFly Akamai
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported 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 Available/supported Global Anycast Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible. Can't use an IP address.
Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Available/supported Set specific Host header value or forward value from client to edge request Unknown
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, SCP, rsync. Storage costs apply Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides Unknown
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Origin headers are forwarded to client Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Not available/supported Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant Unknown
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Unknown
Analytics Available/supported Near real-time, lots of metrics Unknown
Log files Available/supported FTP, SCP, rsync
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Unknown
API Partially Purge and analytics, not for configuration Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection CacheFly Akamai
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Custom pricing for each customer Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Not available/supported Unknown
Token authentication Available/supported Unknown
Geo blocking Not available/supported Unknown
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Not available/supported Unknown

Support

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