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ChinaCache versus Gcore

Easily compare ChinaCache and Gcore 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 Gcore
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. Gcore is a global CDN with a focus on gaming: "We expand the geographical presence of your game and speed up downloads for your players". Gcore is headquartered in Luxembourg and employs 400+ people.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product ChinaCache Gcore
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Content Acceleration Yes
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Static Content Acceleration Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Download Acceleration Yes
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 VoD
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No Sortof/partially
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Yes DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Yes DDoS Protection
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown No

Network

Region ChinaCache Gcore
North America 8 15
Latin America 1 10
Europe 3 17
Russia & CIS 0 36
Asia excl. China 10 13
China 400 0
Oceania 0 2
Middle-East 1 10
Africa 1 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration ChinaCache Gcore
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $25
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None First 1 billion free, more cost $0.0075/million
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration ChinaCache Gcore
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially <5 minutes Yes ~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 Sortof/partially Custom solution (host your DNS zone ...)
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes At customer request Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Unknown 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
Yes Can be different from origin host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Yes CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes Always Online
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially <3 minutes delay Sortof/partially Purge Speed
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory Yes Purge all, directory, and by file type/pattern
Analytics Yes Yes Many metrics, real-time updates
Log files Sortof/partially Logs are daily or hourly Extra costs Export logs to your storage. Logs are exported at the end of each hour.
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection ChinaCache Gcore
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Sortof/partially Only for testing Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Yes Manage self in control panel
Token authentication Yes Yes Secure Token
Geo blocking Yes Yes Country Access Policy
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes Referer Access Policy
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes IP Access Policy

Support

Customer support ChinaCache Gcore
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public. Yes Yes, public
Humans Yes Different levels of support are available. Yes Phone, chat and email support is free and available 24/7