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Limelight versus ChinaCache

Easily compare Limelight 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 Limelight ChinaCache
Short profile Limelight (NASDAQ: LLNW) has been a strong player in the CDN market since 2001. Limelight has a large, high-capacity network with POPs on many continents and offers digital content delivery, live and on-demand video, cloud security and edge computing services. 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

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Product Limelight ChinaCache
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Web Acceleration Services Yes Dynamic Content Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Content Delivery Services Yes Static Content Acceleration
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Content Delivery Services Yes Download Acceleration
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Realtime and Live Streaming Yes Media Acceleration
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video Delivery Services Yes Media Acceleration
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Extra costs Image Optimization optional No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Services Yes
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall Yes
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Attack Interceptor Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Global Private CDN No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Network-Enhanced Edge Compute Unknown

Network

Region Limelight ChinaCache
North America 20 8
Latin America 9 1
Europe 15 3
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 16 10
China 10 500
Oceania 3 0
Middle-East 9 1
Africa 3 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight ChinaCache
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Unknown

Features

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  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Limelight ChinaCache
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially A few minutes Sortof/partially <5 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs Alias support optional No Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes At customer request
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge Unknown
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Match protocol
Yes HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
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 Self-service control Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API Extra costs
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Sortof/partially <3 minutes delay
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory
Analytics Yes Yes
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Sortof/partially Logs are daily or hourly
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight ChinaCache
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free. SNI Sortof/partially Only for testing
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs
Token authentication Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes
Geo blocking Yes IP access control by Geo and IP Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable No
IP white/blacklisting Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes

Support

Customer support Limelight ChinaCache
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public.
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Customers who purchase Advanced Services have access to a designated Limelight Advanced Services team member. Yes Different levels of support are available.