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Tata Communications versus ChinaCache

Easily compare Tata Communications and ChinaCache 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 ChinaCache
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. Founded in 1998, publicly traded on NASDAQ (CCIH), ChinaCache is the first CDN in China and generally considered to be one of the better CDNs for China delivery because of their network, knowledge and experience from working with (enterprise) multinational customers. The ChinaCache network and services are not limited to mainland China and ChinaCache has been growing steadily outside China in the past years.

Products

Product Tata Communications ChinaCache
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 Not 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 Not available/supported Not available/supported

Network

Region Tata Communications ChinaCache
North America 8 8
Latin America 0 1
Europe 4 3
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 10 10
China 0 500
Oceania 1 0
Middle-East 1 1
Africa 0 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Tata Communications ChinaCache
Minimum contract term Unknown 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

Web acceleration Tata Communications ChinaCache
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Not available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially <10 minutes Partially <5 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Available/supported Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
Not available/supported Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 Not available/supported End of 2017 Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Available/supported At customer request
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
Resend, 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 Available/supported Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
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
Available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Extra costs
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported No longer than 2 mins, often much faster Partially <3 minutes delay
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header Partially Purge all, purge by directory
Analytics Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Available/supported
Log files Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
Partially Logs are daily or hourly
API Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics Partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Tata Communications ChinaCache
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Not available/supported Partially Only for testing
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Not available/supported Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Extra costs
Token authentication Extra costs Available/supported
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Their support team is needed Available/supported
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI
Available/supported

Support

Customer support Tata Communications ChinaCache
Documentation Partially Some documentation, not public Partially Yes, but not public.
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Available/supported Different levels of support are available.