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EdgeNext versus CacheFly

Easily compare EdgeNext 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 EdgeNext CacheFly
Short profile EdgeNext is a leading provider of edge cloud services specializing in China, APAC, MEA and global cloud delivery. As the only service provider with extensive POPs in China to be recognized by Gartner as possessing 'global' network capabilities, EdgeNext is one of the fastest-growing companies in the CDN space. 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 50+ POPs on 6 continents. CacheFly provides a 100% uptime SLA and takes pride in acting as 'consultants to our customers'.

Products

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Product EdgeNext CacheFly
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Dynamic Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Cloud Delivery
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Cloud Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Streaming Ultra Low Latency Video Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Streaming VoD
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Smart Image Optimization
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Global, including China
WAFWeb Application Firewall Part of the Security CDN
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Part of the Security CDN
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Fully custom solution
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Custom solutions available for edge scripting

Network

How many POP locations do EdgeNext and CacheFly have in different parts of the world?

Region EdgeNext CacheFly
North America 29 17
Latin America 7 17
Europe 16 16
Russia & CIS 2 0
Asia excl. China 35 7
China 1100 2
Oceania 1 3
Middle-East 16 5
Africa 4 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration EdgeNext CacheFly
Minimum contract term None for self-service customers 1 month
Minimum monthly costs None for self-service customers $595 (35 TB/m)
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None No
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown n/a
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown n/a
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown n/a

Features

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Web acceleration EdgeNext CacheFly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Self-service create account and configure account (EdgeNext to approve account)
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? <5 minutes 5 - 180s depending on the change
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Must purchase dedicated IP
tooltip Or use DNS provider that can do CNAME flattening
HTTP/2
WebSockets
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6?
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? HTTP and HTTPS HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
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
Waiting RoomDuring peak traffic, route users to a virtual waiting room
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Upload in the portal or via API FTP. Some storage free, more storage available at additional costs
Cache control - CDN caching Full and granular control Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides
Cache control - client caching Full and granular control Origin headers are forwarded to client. Can config overrides
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Cache-Control extensions support CacheFly support team can activate this edge behaviour
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Instant Purge Speed
Purge - capabilities Purge all, purge by directory, soft purge Purge all and by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Many metrics in the UI Near real-time, lots of metrics
Log files Available for download in Portal or via API. Format can be customized. Pull via FTP or have pushed to customer endpoint
tooltip Logs are 5 minutes delayed
API Purge, configuration, analytics, logs Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection EdgeNext CacheFly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate SNI. Pricing is custom. Custom pricing
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Pricing is custom EV cert and/or Non-SNI possible
Token authentication Not self-service, support is needed Self-service activation/configuration
Geo blocking Not self-service, support is needed Self-service activation/configuration. Predefined and custom rules
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Self-service
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Self-service Available in a Custom/Private CDN scenario
IP white/blacklisting Self-service Custom rules can be scripted (by support team at no extra charge)

Support

Customer support EdgeNext CacheFly
Documentation Good documentation but not public Yes, public
Humans 24/7 email support and phone support. Multiple support packages are available All customers get 24/7 email and phone support and a dedicated implementation/solutions engineer. Extra support ('Elite managed') available at a fee with SLA for support response time