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ChinaCache versus Akamai

Easily compare ChinaCache and Akamai 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 ChinaCache Akamai
Short profile Founded in 1998, publicly traded on NASDAQ (CCIH), ChinaCache is the first CDN in China and generally considered to be one of the better CDNs for China delivery because of their network, knowledge and experience from working with (enterprise) multinational customers. The ChinaCache network and services are not limited to mainland China and ChinaCache has been growing steadily outside China in the past years. Akamai is one of the oldest CDNs and generally considered to be the largest global CDN. They have 'servers everywhere' and a wide range of products and services. The company is actively involved in Let's Encrypt and is pushing HTTP/2 adoption.

Products

Product ChinaCache Akamai
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Available/supported
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 Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported Available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Unknown

Network

Region ChinaCache Akamai
North America 8 Unknown
Latin America 1 Unknown
Europe 3 Unknown
Russia & CIS 0 Unknown
Asia, excl China 10 Unknown
China 500 Unknown
Oceania 0 Unknown
Middle-East 1 Unknown
Africa 1 Unknown

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration ChinaCache Akamai
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None 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

Web acceleration ChinaCache Akamai
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially <5 minutes Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Not available/supported Non-Anycasted network Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported At customer request Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend, or compress on edge Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Available/supported Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Unknown
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
Unknown
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Partially <3 minutes delay Unknown
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all, purge by directory Unknown
Analytics Available/supported Unknown
Log files Partially Logs are daily or hourly Unknown
API Partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection ChinaCache Akamai
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Partially Only for testing Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Unknown
Token authentication Available/supported Unknown
Geo blocking Available/supported Unknown
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported Unknown

Support

Customer support ChinaCache Akamai
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public. Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Available/supported Different levels of support are available. Unknown