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CacheFly versus EdgeNext

Easily compare CacheFly and EdgeNext 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 EdgeNext
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'. EdgeNext is a leading provider of edge cloud services specializing in China, APAC, MEA and global cloud delivery. As the only service provider with extensive POPs in China to be recognized by Gartner as possessing 'global' network capabilities, EdgeNext is one of the fastest-growing companies in the CDN space.

Products

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Product CacheFly EdgeNext
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Dynamic Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Cloud Delivery
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Cloud Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Ultra Low Latency Video Streaming Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video VoD Streaming
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Smart Image Optimization
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Global, including China
WAFWeb Application Firewall Part of the Security CDN
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Part of the Security CDN
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Fully custom solution
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Custom solutions available for edge scripting

Network

How many POP locations do CacheFly and EdgeNext have in different parts of the world?

Region CacheFly EdgeNext
North America 17 29
Latin America 17 7
Europe 16 16
Russia & CIS 0 2
Asia excl. China 7 35
China 2 1100
Oceania 3 1
Middle-East 5 16
Africa 1 4

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CacheFly EdgeNext
Minimum contract term 1 month None for self-service customers
Minimum monthly costs $595 (35 TB/m) None for self-service customers
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests No None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) n/a Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) n/a Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) n/a Unknown

Features

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Web acceleration CacheFly EdgeNext
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Self-service create account and configure account (EdgeNext to approve account)
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? 5 - 180s depending on the change <5 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Must purchase dedicated IP
tooltip Or use DNS provider that can do CNAME flattening
HTTP/2
WebSockets
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6?
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible
HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Set specific Host header value or forward value from client to edge request Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP
Waiting RoomDuring peak traffic, route users to a virtual waiting room
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin FTP. Some storage free, more storage available at additional costs Upload in the portal or via API
Cache control - CDN caching Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Origin headers are forwarded to client. Can config overrides Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble CacheFly support team can activate this edge behaviour Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Purge Speed Instant
Purge - capabilities Purge all and by directory, not by tag or header Purge all, purge by directory, soft purge
Analytics Near real-time, lots of metrics Many metrics in the UI
Log files Pull via FTP or have pushed to customer endpoint
tooltip Logs are 5 minutes delayed
Available for download in Portal or via API. Format can be customized.
API Purge, analytics, configuration Purge, configuration, analytics, logs
HTTPS & Content Protection CacheFly EdgeNext
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Custom pricing SNI. Pricing is custom.
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN EV cert and/or Non-SNI possible Pricing is custom
Token authentication Self-service activation/configuration Not self-service, support is needed
Geo blocking Self-service activation/configuration. Predefined and custom rules Not self-service, support is needed
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Self-service
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Available in a Custom/Private CDN scenario Self-service
IP white/blacklisting Custom rules can be scripted (by support team at no extra charge) Self-service

Support

Customer support CacheFly EdgeNext
Documentation Yes, public Good documentation but not public
Humans 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 24/7 email support and phone support. Multiple support packages are available