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Tata Communications versus AdvancedHosting

Easily compare Tata Communications and AdvancedHosting 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 Tata Communications AdvancedHosting
Short profile 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. AdvancedHosting provides dedicated servers, cloud servers, cloud storage, CDN, AnycastDNS, DevOps as a Service and domain registration since 2002. The CDN has ~25 POPs on 4 continents, supporting delivery of video and static assets.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Tata Communications AdvancedHosting
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Site Acceleration No
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Whole Site Acceleration Yes CDN for Static Content
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Large Object Rapid Delivery Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Live Streaming Yes CDN for Video
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video On Demand Yes CDN for Video
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Yes Anycast DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes CDN Security No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes CDN Security No
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown No

Network

Region Tata Communications AdvancedHosting
North America 8 9
Latin America 0 2
Europe 4 9
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia excl. China 10 3
China 0 0
Oceania 1 0
Middle-East 1 0
Africa 0 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Tata Communications AdvancedHosting
Minimum contract term Unknown None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $0.01
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Tata Communications AdvancedHosting
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially <10 minutes Sortof/partially 2 to 3 minutes (video takes longer)
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Yes Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
No
HTTP/2 No End of 2017 Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Sortof/partially Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS Yes HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Video: only pull over HTTP
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header Yes Can be different from origin host
tooltip Video: only origin Host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Yes Free.
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin No Extra costs $25/TB
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Sortof/partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes No longer than 2 mins, often much faster Sortof/partially A few minutes
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header Yes Purge specific files, purge all (not for VideoCDN)
Analytics Yes Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Sortof/partially Cache hit ratio and error rate not yet available
Log files Sortof/partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
No Available on request (support ticket)
API Sortof/partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Tata Communications AdvancedHosting
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate No Sortof/partially Let's Encrypt with auto-renewal. CDN handles all.
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Yes Can be an EV certificate. Free.
Token authentication Extra costs Yes Antihotlink protection
Geo blocking Yes Sortof/partially VideoCDN only
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Their support team is needed Yes Set allow and/or block list.
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No No
IP white/blacklisting Yes White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI
Sortof/partially VideoCDN only

Support

Customer support Tata Communications AdvancedHosting
Documentation Sortof/partially Some documentation, not public Sortof/partially API docs and VoD API docs
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Yes Ticket system, Skype and email support is free.