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Tencent Cloud versus Akamai

Easily compare Tencent Cloud 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 Tencent Cloud Akamai
Short profile Tencent Cloud is a leading global CDN that has resources distributed in 50+ countries and the highest service volume of all CDNs in Asia. It has a massive network with 1,100+ nodes in mainland China, extending beyond major ISPs to more than a dozen local providers. 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

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  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Tencent Cloud Akamai
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes ECDN (Enterprise CDN) Yes Dynamic Site Accelerator
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes CDN Yes Ion
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes CDN Yes Download Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes LVB (Live Video Broadcast ) Yes Adaptive Media Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes VOD Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No Yes Image & Video Manager
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes DNSpod Yes Edge DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes Web Application Protector
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Anti-DDoS Advanced
tooltip Anti-DDoS Pro also available
Yes Kona DDoS Defender
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Unknown
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Sortof/partially Serverless Cloud Function Yes EdgeWorkers

Network

Region Tencent Cloud Akamai
North America 11 Unknown
Latin America 2 Unknown
Europe 6 Unknown
Russia & CIS 1 Unknown
Asia excl. China 21 Unknown
China 1100 Unknown
Oceania 1 Unknown
Middle-East 4 Unknown
Africa 1 Unknown

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Tencent Cloud Akamai
Minimum contract term None 12 months
Minimum monthly costs None 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) $0.055 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.081 - $0.12 per GB (varies per region) Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB Unknown

Features

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  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Tencent Cloud Akamai
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Self-service, credit card required No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially 5 minutes Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Sortof/partially Use DNSPod for DNS Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP, HTTPS, match protocol Yes HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Can be IP address or hostname
tooltip Can be same host as in client-to-CDN requests
Unknown
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Sortof/partially Custom implementation by Tencent DevOps team Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Yes Cloud Object Storage with free tier. Upload in the portal or via API Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Unknown
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control Unknown
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Sortof/partially Serve stale if origin sends 5xx Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially 5 minutes Unknown
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory Unknown
Analytics Yes Many metrics available in console and via API Unknown
Log files Yes W3C formatted. Available for download in console and via API. Log roll period and delay depends on traffic volume. Unknown
API Yes Purge, configuration, analytics, logs Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection Tencent Cloud Akamai
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes SNI. First 20 DV certs are free. Wildcard allowed
tooltip TrustAsia is the Certificate Authority
Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes SNI and free. Wildcard allowed. Unknown
Token authentication Yes 4 types of token/URL signing available Unknown
Geo blocking Sortof/partially Not self-service, support is needed Unknown
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Based on Referrer or IP address Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Console and API. Block/allow individual IPs and IP ranges Unknown

Support

Customer support Tencent Cloud Akamai
Documentation Yes Good, extensive and public documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes 24/7 support via the console. Multiple VIP support packages are available Unknown