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CacheFly versus BelugaCDN

Easily compare CacheFly and BelugaCDN 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 BelugaCDN
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'. 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.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CacheFly BelugaCDN
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
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 Sortof/partially Only delivery of the HTTP video streams, no transcoding or transmuxing
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes VoD Yes Pseudo-streaming (progressive streaming), byte range requests support
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of Smart Edge Apps No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Security Suite
tooltip Powered by Oracle Dyn Web Application Security services (formerly Zenedge)
No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Security Suite
tooltip Powered by Oracle Dyn Web Application Security services (formerly Zenedge)
No
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Fully custom solution Yes Available upon request. Extra costs apply
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Smart Edge Apps Unknown

Network

Region CacheFly BelugaCDN
North America 17 13
Latin America 7 1
Europe 14 4
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 7 5
China 2 0
Oceania 3 1
Middle-East 4 0
Africa 1 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CacheFly BelugaCDN
Minimum contract term 1 month None
Minimum monthly costs $595 (35 TB/m) $5
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests No 5000 requests per GB included. Overages $0.0035 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) n/a $0.01 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) n/a Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) n/a Unknown

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CacheFly BelugaCDN
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 Often instant, sometimes a few minutes
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
Sortof/partially Global Anycasted IP available, but Beluga recommends against it
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 Yes Compress on the fly
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.
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
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Extra costs Available upon request
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP. Some storage free, more storage available at additional costs Extra costs Available upon request
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides Yes Honor origin sent headers or configure overrides
Cache control - client caching Yes Origin headers are forwarded to client. Can config overrides Yes
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 No
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant (under 5s) Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory, not by tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all and purge using regex
Analytics Yes Near real-time, lots of metrics Yes All metrics are aggregated every 10 seconds, exported in real-time
Log files Extra costs Pull via FTP or have pushed to customer endpoint
tooltip Logs are 5 minutes delayed
Extra costs Real-time export to Elastic Search or Redis. FTP.
tooltip 10 million requests/month free, $0.50/million events exported overage
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CacheFly BelugaCDN
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Custom pricing No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert and/or Non-SNI possible Yes Free (SNI)
tooltip TLS support includes full TLS Dynamic Record Sizing and ECDSA support per Q1 2017
Token authentication Yes Self-service activation/configuration Yes
Geo blocking Yes Self-service activation/configuration. Predefined and custom rules Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes
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) Yes

Support

Customer support CacheFly BelugaCDN
Documentation Yes Yes, public Yes Yes, public
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 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).