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CDNetworks versus SwiftServe

Easily compare CDNetworks 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 CDNetworks SwiftServe
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. 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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CDNetworks SwiftServe
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Web Acceleration Sortof/partially
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
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Media Acceleration Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Cloud Image Optimization No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Cloud DNS+ No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Mitigation No
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Computing Platform Unknown

Network

Region CDNetworks SwiftServe
North America 11 2
Latin America 7 0
Europe 13 1
Russia & CIS 17 0
Asia excl. China 20 20
China 20 1
Oceania 1 0
Middle-East 9 0
Africa 4 1

Pricing

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

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CDNetworks SwiftServe
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 15 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No Non-Anycasted network No
HTTP/2 No 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 Yes HTTP and HTTPS
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
Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Multiple POPs can act as shield No
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Sortof/partially FTP or upload in portal. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Set override caching rules. Per file type.
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes No
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially Completion time is 5 - 10 minutes Yes Up to 15 minutes
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension Sortof/partially Purge file, all and by directory
Analytics Yes Sortof/partially Updated daily or hourly (premium)
tooltip No metrics per config/zone
Log files Yes Extra costs Logs are daily
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CDNetworks SwiftServe
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs No
Token authentication Yes Yes
Geo blocking Yes Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes No
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes

Support

Customer support CDNetworks SwiftServe
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not 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)