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Tata Communications versus G-Core Labs

Easily compare Tata Communications and G-Core Labs 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 G-Core Labs
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. G-Core Labs is a global CDN with a strong POP map in Russia and CIS. They acquired SkyparkCDN in 2017. G-Core Labs is headquartered in Luxembourg, with offices in Moscow, Minsk and Perm.

Products

Product Tata Communications G-Core Labs
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Partially Unknown
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 Not 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 G-Core Labs
North America 8 7
Latin America 0 1
Europe 4 11
Russia & CIS 0 15
Asia, excl China 10 4
China 0 0
Oceania 1 1
Middle-East 1 2
Africa 0 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Tata Communications G-Core Labs
Minimum contract term Unknown Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $250
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 $0.05 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.05 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.05 per GB

Features

Web acceleration Tata Communications G-Core Labs
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 Available/supported ~30 seconds
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 Custom solution (host your DNS zone ...)
HTTP/2 Not available/supported End of 2017 Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Available/supported
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
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 Available/supported Can be different from 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
Available/supported Currently in beta
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 Partially Origin headers are inherited
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Partially Origin headers are inherited
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 A few minutes
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header Available/supported Purge all, directory and file type
Analytics Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Available/supported Many metrics, real-time updates
Log files Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server (Syslog)
API Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Tata Communications G-Core Labs
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Not available/supported Available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Not available/supported Available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Available/supported Manage self in control panel
Token authentication Extra costs Available/supported Secure Token
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported Country Access Policy
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Their support team is needed Available/supported Referer Access Policy
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 IP Access Policy

Support

Customer support Tata Communications G-Core Labs
Documentation Partially Some documentation, not public Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Available/supported Phone, chat and email support is free and available 24/7