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Tata Communications versus CloudFront

Easily compare Tata Communications and CloudFront 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 CloudFront
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. CloudFront is the CDN of AWS (Amazon Web Services), the world's largest cloud services provider. CloudFront offers a mature set of content delivery products and has a big network of POPs on many continents. Solid documentation and APIs make CloudFront a developer-friendly CDN.

Products

Product Tata Communications CloudFront
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 CloudFront
North America 8 18
Latin America 0 2
Europe 4 13
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 10 10
China 0 0
Oceania 1 2
Middle-East 1 0
Africa 0 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Tata Communications CloudFront
Minimum contract term Unknown None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown None
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown $0.0075 - $0.022 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown $0.02 - $0.16 per GB (free is origin is AWS)
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.085 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.14 per GB (India: $0.17)
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.25 per GB

Features

Web acceleration Tata Communications CloudFront
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially <10 minutes Partially ~10 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
Partially Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 Not available/supported End of 2017 Available/supported HTTP/s announcement (Sep 2016)
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Available/supported IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016)
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
Resend, or compress on edge
tooltip CloudFront can compress many content types on the 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 Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
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
Not available/supported CloudFront does request collapsing though
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Unknown
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Unknown
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 No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported No longer than 2 mins, often much faster Available/supported 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header Partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Available/supported Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
Partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
API Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Tata Communications CloudFront
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Not available/supported Available/supported Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Not available/supported Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Available/supported Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Extra costs Available/supported Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Their support team is needed Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking
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
Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

Support

Customer support Tata Communications CloudFront
Documentation Partially Some documentation, not public Available/supported Yes, public. API docs
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Extra costs Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs