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CDNetworks versus CacheFly

Easily compare CDNetworks and CacheFly 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 CDNetworks CacheFly
Short profile Founded in 2000, CDNetworks has been in the content delivery space longer than most other CDNs. CDNetworks always had, and still has, a strong focus on emerging markets like Brazil and Russia. CDNetworks has a wide range of content delivery/acceleration and security products. 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'.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CDNetworks CacheFly
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Web Acceleration Yes
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Content Acceleration 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 Media Acceleration Yes Ultra Low Latency Video Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Media Acceleration Yes VoD
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Cloud Image Optimization Yes part of Smart Edge Apps
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Cloud DNS+ No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall Yes Security Suite
tooltip Powered by Oracle Dyn Web Application Security services (formerly Zenedge)
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Mitigation Yes Security Suite
tooltip Powered by Oracle Dyn Web Application Security services (formerly Zenedge)
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes Fully custom solution
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Computing Platform Yes Smart Edge Apps

Network

Region CDNetworks CacheFly
North America 11 17
Latin America 7 7
Europe 13 14
Russia & CIS 17 1
Asia excl. China 20 7
China 20 2
Oceania 1 3
Middle-East 9 4
Africa 4 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CDNetworks CacheFly
Minimum contract term 12 months 1 month
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $595 (35 TB/m)
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown No
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown n/a
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown n/a
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown n/a

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CDNetworks CacheFly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. No
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially ~ 15 minutes Sortof/partially 5 - 180s depending on the change
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No Non-Anycasted network Extra costs Must purchase dedicated IP
tooltip Or use DNS provider that can do CNAME flattening
HTTP/2 No Yes
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 Yes HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Yes Set specific Host header value or forward value from client to edge request
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Multiple POPs can act as shield Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Extra costs FTP. Some storage free, more storage available at additional costs
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Origin headers are forwarded to client. Can config overrides
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes CacheFly support team can activate this edge behaviour
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially Completion time is 5 - 10 minutes Yes Instant (under 5s)
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Yes Yes Near real-time, lots of metrics
Log files Yes Extra costs Pull via FTP or have pushed to customer endpoint
tooltip Logs are 5 minutes delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CDNetworks CacheFly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No Yes Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs Custom pricing
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs EV cert and/or Non-SNI possible
Token authentication Yes Yes Self-service activation/configuration
Geo blocking Yes Yes Self-service activation/configuration. Predefined and custom rules
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Extra costs Available in a Custom/Private CDN scenario
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes Custom rules can be scripted (by support team at no extra charge)

Support

Customer support CDNetworks CacheFly
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support 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