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Leaseweb versus Akamai

Easily compare Leaseweb and Akamai 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 Leaseweb Akamai
Short profile Leaseweb has been an established player in the (enterprise) hosting market for many years and launched their CDN mid 2013. Leaseweb claims 'the most competitive price in the CDN market' and has a reseller program. Akamai is one of the oldest CDNs and generally considered to be the largest global CDN. They have 'servers everywhere' and a wide range of products and services. The company is actively involved in Let's Encrypt and is pushing HTTP/2 adoption.

Products

Product Leaseweb Akamai
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Partially 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 Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Not available/supported Available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Extra costs Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Extra costs Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Unknown

Network

Region Leaseweb Akamai
North America 6 Unknown
Latin America 0 Unknown
Europe 6 Unknown
Russia & CIS 0 Unknown
Asia, excl China 2 Unknown
China 0 Unknown
Oceania 0 Unknown
Middle-East 0 Unknown
Africa 0 Unknown

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Leaseweb Akamai
Minimum contract term One month 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $49 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.06 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.06 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.06 per GB Unknown

Features

Web acceleration Leaseweb Akamai
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Leaseweb needs 1 business day to get you started 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? Available/supported Instant Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Not available/supported No global Anycast Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Not available/supported Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Available/supported Resend from origin or compress on the 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 Unknown
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Available/supported Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Partially Can set max-age override and set 404 caching TTL Unknown
Cache control - client caching Partially Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Partially CDN serves cached if origin is down Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant most of the time Unknown
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge per file and purge all Unknown
Analytics Available/supported Bandwidth, geo distribution and more Unknown
Log files Partially One hour delay. Fetch via FTP Unknown
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection Leaseweb Akamai
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free. SNI Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Not available/supported Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Available/supported Free. SNI Unknown
Token authentication Available/supported Unknown
Geo blocking Available/supported Unknown
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 Leaseweb Akamai
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public KB Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Available/supported 24/7 personal support via telephone and email. Unknown