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QUANTIL versus Tata Communications

Easily compare QUANTIL and Tata Communications 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 Tata Communications
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). Tata Communications is a full service, carrier grade, global CDN that has been in operation since their acquisition of BitGravity in 2012. The CDN rides on Tata’s global infrastructure which is the largest Tier 1 network in the world. Tata’s ownership of the network and peering relationships enable it to be very competitive when it comes to price.

Products

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

Network

Region QUANTIL Tata Communications
North America 10 8
Latin America 0 0
Europe 6 4
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia, excl China 15 10
China 550 0
Oceania 3 1
Middle-East 4 1
Africa 6 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration QUANTIL Tata Communications
Minimum contract term 12 months Unknown
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 Tata Communications
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Not available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially Depends on number of POPs turned on Partially <10 minutes
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 Available/supported Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported End of 2017
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Available/supported Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
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 Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Partially Custom config, done by their support team Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs One-time $500 setup fee, $150/TB per month Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Available/supported Full and granular control
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 Partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Partially Sometimes takes up to 10 min Available/supported No longer than 2 mins, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Available/supported Many metrics. API outputs near real-time data. The customer portal is updated every 1-2 hours Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Log files Partially Delay is 1-3 hours. Download through API or from portal Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
API Partially XML output Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection QUANTIL Tata Communications
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Not available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Token authentication Available/supported
tooltip Available for ingress and egress points of the CDN. MD5 and SHA256
Extra costs
Geo blocking Available/supported
tooltip Customers can provide a list regions and/or countries to whitelist and/or blacklist
Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Available/supported Their support team is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported
tooltip Whitelist and/or blacklist IP address. Self-configure.
Available/supported White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI

Support

Customer support QUANTIL Tata Communications
Documentation Available/supported Yes, but not everything is public. API docs are public. Partially Some documentation, 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. Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support.