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CacheFly versus SwiftServe

Easily compare CacheFly and SwiftServe 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 SwiftServe
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. SwiftServe CDN, operated by Conversant, has a strong POP presence in Asia and especially Indonesia. Their services include web acceleration, file download optimisation, video on demand (VoD) and live streaming. Conversant operates the largest CDN Federation in Asia.

Products

Product CacheFly SwiftServe
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? Available/supported 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 Not available/supported Available/supported

Network

Region CacheFly SwiftServe
North America 11 2
Latin America 2 0
Europe 14 1
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia, excl China 7 20
China 0 1
Oceania 3 0
Middle-East 4 0
Africa 1 1

Pricing

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

Features

Web acceleration CacheFly SwiftServe
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Not available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Partially 15 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Available/supported Global Anycast Not available/supported
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Not available/supported
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 Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Not available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, SCP, rsync. Storage costs apply Partially FTP or upload in portal. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides Available/supported Set override caching rules. Per file type.
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Origin headers are forwarded to client Available/supported
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Not available/supported Not available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant Available/supported Up to 15 minutes
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Partially Purge file, all and by directory
Analytics Available/supported Near real-time, lots of metrics Partially Updated daily or hourly (premium)
tooltip No metrics per config/zone
Log files Available/supported FTP, SCP, rsync
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Extra costs Logs are daily
API Partially Purge and analytics, not for configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CacheFly SwiftServe
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free Not available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Custom pricing for each customer Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Not available/supported Not available/supported
Token authentication Available/supported Available/supported
Geo blocking Not available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Not available/supported
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Not available/supported Available/supported

Support

Customer support CacheFly SwiftServe
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Available/supported All customers get email support. 24/7 phone support is available (costs extra)