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ChinaCache versus BelugaCDN

Easily compare ChinaCache and BelugaCDN 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 BelugaCDN
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. BelugaCDN launched their services in 2015 and is a pay-as-you-go, low-cost CDN provider. They have a full-featured IPv4+IPv6 network and POPs on 5 continents.

Products

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

Network

Region ChinaCache BelugaCDN
North America 8 14
Latin America 1 1
Europe 3 3
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 10 5
China 500 0
Oceania 0 1
Middle-East 1 0
Africa 1 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration ChinaCache BelugaCDN
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $5
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None 5000 requests per GB included. Overages $0.0035 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.01 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

Web acceleration ChinaCache BelugaCDN
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially <5 minutes Partially Often instant, sometimes a few minutes
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 Partially Global Anycasted IP available, but Beluga recommends against it
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported At customer request Available/supported
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend, or compress on edge Compress on the fly
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
Available/supported
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Extra costs Available upon request
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Extra costs Available upon request
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
Available/supported Honor origin sent headers or configure overrides
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Available/supported
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Not available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Partially <3 minutes delay Available/supported Instant
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all, purge by directory Partially Purge all and purge using regex
Analytics Available/supported Available/supported All metrics are aggregated every 10 seconds, exported in real-time
Log files Partially Logs are daily or hourly Extra costs Real-time export to Elastic Search or Redis. FTP.
tooltip 10 million requests/month free, $0.50/million events exported overage
API Partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection ChinaCache BelugaCDN
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Partially Only for testing Not available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Available/supported Free (SNI)
tooltip TLS support includes full TLS Dynamic Record Sizing and ECDSA support per Q1 2017
Token authentication Available/supported Available/supported
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Available/supported
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported Available/supported

Support

Customer support ChinaCache BelugaCDN
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public. Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Available/supported Different levels of support are available. Available/supported Basic support (setup & troubleshooting: M-F, 9AM-5PM EST) is included for all accounts. Platinum (monthly spend more than $500) accounts receive priority. Enterprise customers receive phone support (w/ custom SLA).