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Fastly versus ChinaCache

Easily compare Fastly and ChinaCache 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 Fastly ChinaCache
Short profile Founded in 2011, Fastly has grown into a mature CDN provider. Fastly offers a range of services including streaming media delivery and private CDN but Fastly is best known for being a 'real-time CDN', meaning changes happen instantly and the platform can deliver 'uncacheable' content well. 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.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Fastly ChinaCache
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Yes Dynamic Content Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes Static Content Acceleration
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Download Acceleration
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Yes Media Acceleration
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video on Demand Yes Media Acceleration
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Image Optimizer No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Yes
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web application firewall Yes
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Mitigation Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Fastly Managed CDN No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Compute@Edge Unknown

Network

Region Fastly ChinaCache
North America 17 8
Latin America 6 1
Europe 13 3
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 7 10
China 0 500
Oceania 6 0
Middle-East 1 1
Africa 2 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly ChinaCache
Minimum contract term None 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $50 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.19 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.28 per GB Unknown

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Fastly ChinaCache
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes Instant! Sortof/partially <5 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Yes Global anycast IPs are available No Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes IPv6 at Fastly Yes At customer request
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge. Brotli! Unknown
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 Can be different from origin host Yes 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 Yes Also available as separate product (Media Shield) Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin No Extra costs
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Yes CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Cache-Control extensions support Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant! Sortof/partially <3 minutes delay
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all and by key Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory
Analytics Yes Real-time! Yes
Log files Yes Real-time streaming of logs to your server Sortof/partially Logs are daily or hourly
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly ChinaCache
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free for first 5 domains, $20 per additional domain Sortof/partially Only for testing
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible. Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Enabling URL token validation Yes
Geo blocking Yes Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Creating and using Edge Dictionaries Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Authenticating before returning a request No
IP white/blacklisting Yes About Edge ACLs Yes

Support

Customer support Fastly ChinaCache
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public.
Humans Yes Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available Yes Different levels of support are available.