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ChinaCache versus SwiftServe

Easily compare ChinaCache and SwiftServe 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 SwiftServe
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. SwiftServe CDN, operated by Conversant, has a strong POP presence in Asia and especially Indonesia. Their services include web acceleration, file download optimisation, video on demand (VoD) and live streaming. Conversant operates the largest CDN Federation in Asia.

Products

Product ChinaCache SwiftServe
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Partially
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 Available/supported

Network

Region ChinaCache SwiftServe
North America 8 2
Latin America 1 0
Europe 3 1
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 10 20
China 500 1
Oceania 0 0
Middle-East 1 0
Africa 1 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration ChinaCache SwiftServe
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 SwiftServe
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 Partially 15 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 Not available/supported
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported At customer request Not available/supported
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
Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Not available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Partially FTP or upload in portal. 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 Set override caching rules. Per file type.
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 Up to 15 minutes
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all, purge by directory Partially Purge file, all and by directory
Analytics Available/supported Partially Updated daily or hourly (premium)
tooltip No metrics per config/zone
Log files Partially Logs are daily or hourly Extra costs Logs are daily
API Partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection ChinaCache SwiftServe
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 Not available/supported
Token authentication Available/supported Available/supported
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Not 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 SwiftServe
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 email support. 24/7 phone support is available (costs extra)