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CacheFly versus Tata Communications

Easily compare CacheFly and Tata Communications 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 Tata Communications
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. Tata Communications is a full service, carrier grade, global CDN that has been in operation since their acquisition of BitGravity in 2012. The CDN rides on Tata’s global infrastructure which is the largest Tier 1 network in the world. Tata’s ownership of the network and peering relationships enable it to be very competitive when it comes to price.

Products

Product CacheFly Tata Communications
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 Not available/supported

Network

Region CacheFly Tata Communications
North America 11 8
Latin America 2 0
Europe 14 4
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia, excl China 7 10
China 0 0
Oceania 3 1
Middle-East 4 1
Africa 1 0

Pricing

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

Features

Web acceleration CacheFly Tata Communications
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 <10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Available/supported Global Anycast Available/supported Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported End of 2017
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
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 Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, SCP, rsync. Storage costs apply Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Origin headers are forwarded to client Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Not available/supported Partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant Available/supported No longer than 2 mins, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Available/supported Near real-time, lots of metrics Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Log files Available/supported FTP, SCP, rsync
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
API Partially Purge and analytics, not for configuration Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection CacheFly Tata Communications
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 Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Not available/supported Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Token authentication Available/supported Extra costs
Geo blocking Not available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Available/supported Their support team is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Not available/supported Available/supported White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI

Support

Customer support CacheFly Tata Communications
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public Partially Some documentation, not public
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support.