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SwiftServe versus Akamai

Easily compare SwiftServe 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 SwiftServe Akamai
Short profile SwiftServe CDN, operated by Conversant, has a strong POP presence in Asia and especially Indonesia. Their services include web acceleration, file download optimisation, video on demand (VoD) and live streaming. Conversant operates the largest CDN Federation in Asia. 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 SwiftServe 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 Not available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Not available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Available/supported Unknown

Network

Region SwiftServe Akamai
North America 2 Unknown
Latin America 0 Unknown
Europe 1 Unknown
Russia & CIS 0 Unknown
Asia, excl China 20 Unknown
China 1 Unknown
Oceania 0 Unknown
Middle-East 0 Unknown
Africa 1 Unknown

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration SwiftServe Akamai
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown 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 SwiftServe 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 15 minutes Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Not available/supported Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 Not available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Not available/supported 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 configure specific other Host header Unknown
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Not available/supported Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Partially FTP or upload in portal. Storage costs apply Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Set override caching rules. Per file type. 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 Not available/supported Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Up to 15 minutes Unknown
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge file, all and by directory Unknown
Analytics Partially Updated daily or hourly (premium)
tooltip No metrics per config/zone
Unknown
Log files Extra costs Logs are daily Unknown
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection SwiftServe Akamai
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Not available/supported Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Not available/supported Unknown
Token authentication Available/supported Unknown
Geo blocking Available/supported Unknown
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Not 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 SwiftServe Akamai
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Available/supported All customers get email support. 24/7 phone support is available (costs extra) Unknown