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CDNetworks versus Tata Communications

Easily compare CDNetworks 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 CDNetworks Tata Communications
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. 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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CDNetworks Tata Communications
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Web Acceleration Yes Dynamic Site Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Content Acceleration Yes Whole Site Acceleration
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Large Object Rapid Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Media Acceleration Yes Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Media Acceleration Yes Video On Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Cloud Image Optimization Yes
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Cloud DNS+ No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall Yes CDN Security
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Mitigation Yes CDN Security
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Computing Platform Unknown

Network

Region CDNetworks Tata Communications
North America 11 8
Latin America 7 0
Europe 13 4
Russia & CIS 17 0
Asia excl. China 20 10
China 20 0
Oceania 1 1
Middle-East 9 1
Africa 4 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CDNetworks Tata Communications
Minimum contract term 12 months Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Unknown
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 Tata Communications
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 <10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No Non-Anycasted network Yes Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
HTTP/2 No No End of 2017
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge Sortof/partially Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
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 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 No
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Sortof/partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially Completion time is 5 - 10 minutes Yes No longer than 2 mins, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Yes Yes Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Log files Yes Sortof/partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection CDNetworks Tata Communications
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Token authentication Yes Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes Their support team is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI

Support

Customer support CDNetworks Tata Communications
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Some documentation, not public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support.