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ChinaCache versus Tata Communications

Easily compare ChinaCache and Tata Communications 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 Tata Communications
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. Tata Communications is a full service, carrier grade, global CDN that has been in operation since their acquisition of BitGravity in 2012. The CDN rides on Tata’s global infrastructure which is the largest Tier 1 network in the world. Tata’s ownership of the network and peering relationships enable it to be very competitive when it comes to price.

Products

Product ChinaCache Tata Communications
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 Not available/supported

Network

Region ChinaCache Tata Communications
North America 8 8
Latin America 1 0
Europe 3 4
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 10 10
China 500 0
Oceania 0 1
Middle-East 1 1
Africa 1 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration ChinaCache Tata Communications
Minimum contract term 12 months Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

Web acceleration ChinaCache Tata Communications
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 <10 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 Available/supported Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported End of 2017
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
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
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 Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Partially <3 minutes delay Available/supported No longer than 2 mins, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all, purge by directory Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Available/supported Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Log files Partially Logs are daily or hourly Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
API Partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection ChinaCache Tata Communications
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 Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Token authentication Available/supported Extra costs
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Available/supported Their support team is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported Available/supported White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI

Support

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