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StackPath versus Akamai

Easily compare StackPath 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 StackPath Akamai
Short profile StackPath launched in 2016 and is built on top of the MaxCDN platform. StackPath promises global, high performance content delivery + top notch security (integrated web application firewall) while keeping things simple, transparent and affordable. StackPath is developer-friendly with 24/7/365 support and a fully-documented API. 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 StackPath 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) Partially Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Not available/supported Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Partially 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 Not available/supported Unknown

Network

Region StackPath Akamai
North America 10 Unknown
Latin America 1 Unknown
Europe 7 Unknown
Russia & CIS 0 Unknown
Asia, excl China 3 Unknown
China 0 Unknown
Oceania 1 Unknown
Middle-East 0 Unknown
Africa 0 Unknown

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration StackPath Akamai
Minimum contract term One month 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $20 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.10 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.10 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.10 per GB Unknown

Features

Web acceleration StackPath Akamai
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. 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? Available/supported Instant! Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Partially Not all POPs part of Anycast network Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin or compress on 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? Partially Can't be different from origin host 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 Not available/supported Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control with EdgeRules Unknown
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control with EdgeRules Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant! Unknown
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all Unknown
Analytics Available/supported Real-time! Unknown
Log files Available/supported Only for larger volume plans Unknown
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection StackPath 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 Available/supported Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported Unknown

Support

Customer support StackPath Akamai
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Available/supported 24/7 phone and email support included in all plans. Higher volume plans get a dedicated technical account manager Unknown