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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

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  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CacheFly SwiftServe
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Sortof/partially
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Web and Mobile App Delivery Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Software Distribution Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Video & IPTV Delivery (no RTMP) Yes
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No
WAFWeb Application Firewall No No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. No No
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Applications Unknown

Network

Region CacheFly SwiftServe
North America 14 2
Latin America 7 0
Europe 14 1
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 7 20
China 2 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

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

Support

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