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QUANTIL versus Akamai

Easily compare QUANTIL 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 QUANTIL Akamai
Short profile QUANTIL launched their CDN services in 2012. They have a strong focus on live stream delivery with continued support for RTMP, L-HLS, HDS, HTTP TS and HTTP FLV. QUANTIL has a full-featured IPv4+IPv6 network and a big network of POPs in 34 countries including mainland China (ChinaNetCenter). 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 QUANTIL Akamai
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported 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 Available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown Unknown

Network

Region QUANTIL Akamai
North America 10 Unknown
Latin America 0 Unknown
Europe 6 Unknown
Russia & CIS 1 Unknown
Asia, excl China 15 Unknown
China 550 Unknown
Oceania 3 Unknown
Middle-East 4 Unknown
Africa 6 Unknown

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration QUANTIL Akamai
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $1000 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) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

Web acceleration QUANTIL Akamai
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported 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? Partially Depends on number of POPs turned on Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs Purchase auth DNS that integrates with their CDN Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Available/supported Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported 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 Partially Custom config, done by their support team Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs One-time $500 setup fee, $150/TB per month Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Unknown
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Partially Custom config, done by their support team Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Partially Sometimes takes up to 10 min Unknown
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Unknown
Analytics Available/supported Many metrics. API outputs near real-time data. The customer portal is updated every 1-2 hours Unknown
Log files Partially Delay is 1-3 hours. Download through API or from portal Unknown
API Partially XML output Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection QUANTIL Akamai
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing Unknown
Token authentication Available/supported
tooltip Available for ingress and egress points of the CDN. MD5 and SHA256
Unknown
Geo blocking Available/supported
tooltip Customers can provide a list regions and/or countries to whitelist and/or blacklist
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
tooltip Whitelist and/or blacklist IP address. Self-configure.
Unknown

Support

Customer support QUANTIL Akamai
Documentation Available/supported Yes, but not everything is public. API docs are public. Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Partially Standard support (Monday to Friday, 9-6 pm PST) for small customers, and emergency support (24/7) for large customers. Support Availability. Unknown