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ChinaCache versus CacheFly

Easily compare ChinaCache 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 ChinaCache CacheFly
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. 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 ~40 POPs on 6 continents.

Products

Product ChinaCache CacheFly
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 Available/supported
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 Not available/supported

Network

Region ChinaCache CacheFly
North America 8 11
Latin America 1 2
Europe 3 14
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia, excl China 10 7
China 500 0
Oceania 0 3
Middle-East 1 4
Africa 1 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration ChinaCache CacheFly
Minimum contract term 12 months 1 month
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $500
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
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

Web acceleration ChinaCache CacheFly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Not available/supported
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 Available/supported Global Anycast
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
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible. Can't use an IP address.
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 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 Available/supported Available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Extra costs FTP, SFTP, SCP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
Available/supported Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Available/supported Origin headers are forwarded to client
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 but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Available/supported Available/supported Near real-time, lots of metrics
Log files Partially Logs are daily or hourly Available/supported FTP, SCP, rsync
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration Partially Purge and analytics, not for configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection ChinaCache CacheFly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Partially Only for testing Available/supported Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs Custom pricing for each customer
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Not available/supported
Token authentication Available/supported Available/supported
Geo blocking Available/supported Not 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 Not available/supported

Support

Customer support ChinaCache CacheFly
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public. Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Available/supported Different levels of support are available. Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support