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ChinaCache versus Level 3

Easily compare ChinaCache and Level 3 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 Level 3
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. Level 3 owns and operates a global Tier-1 network and - logically - their CDN runs on top of it. Level 3 CDN has POPs on all continents and their product focus is on video and large object delivery. Level 3 CDN is part of the Google Cloud CDN Interconnect.

Products

Product ChinaCache Level 3
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 Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Not available/supported

Network

Region ChinaCache Level 3
North America 8 30
Latin America 1 9
Europe 3 38
Russia & CIS 0 4
Asia, excl China 10 8
China 500 0
Oceania 0 1
Middle-East 1 5
Africa 1 4

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration ChinaCache Level 3
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
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 Level 3
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 Not available/supported No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not 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.
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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 Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Extra costs FTP, SFTP, 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
Partially
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Partially
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Unknown
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
Log files Partially Logs are daily or hourly Available/supported
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration Partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection ChinaCache Level 3
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 Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs
Token authentication Available/supported Extra costs
Geo blocking Available/supported Extra costs
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 Level 3
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public. Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Available/supported Different levels of support are available. Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support