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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 50+ POPs on 6 continents. CacheFly provides a 100% uptime SLA and takes pride in acting as 'consultants to our customers'. 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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  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CacheFly SwiftServe
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Sortof/partially
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 Yes
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes VoD Yes
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
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No
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Fully custom solution Yes
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Smart Edge Apps Unknown

Network

Region CacheFly SwiftServe
North America 17 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 $595 (35 TB/m) Unknown
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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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • 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? Sortof/partially 5 - 180s depending on the change Sortof/partially 15 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
No
HTTP/2 Yes No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? No 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
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. Some storage free, more storage available at additional costs 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. 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 Up to 15 minutes
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory, not by 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 Extra costs Pull via FTP or have pushed to customer endpoint
tooltip Logs are 5 minutes delayed
Extra costs Logs are daily
API Yes Purge, analytics, 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 Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert and/or Non-SNI possible No
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 No
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 SwiftServe
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not 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 All customers get email support. 24/7 phone support is available (costs extra)