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Verizon Media versus Akamai

Easily compare Verizon Media 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 Verizon Media Akamai
Short profile The Verizon Media Platform is a division of Verizon. In 2013, Verizon acquired EdgeCast's Content Delivery Network (CDN) along with upLynk's video workflow technology to create a next-generation platform. This platform streamlines the streaming video workflow including encoding, SSAI and delivery, plus accelerates and secures websites and content for broadcasters, retailers and enterprises. 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

Product Verizon Media Akamai
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported 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 Available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported Available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Unknown

Network

Region Verizon Media Akamai
North America 14 Unknown
Latin America 11 Unknown
Europe 13 Unknown
Russia & CIS 0 Unknown
Asia, excl China 12 Unknown
China 100 Unknown
Oceania 3 Unknown
Middle-East 2 Unknown
Africa 0 Unknown

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Verizon Media Akamai
Minimum contract term Unknown 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown Unknown
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 Verizon Media Akamai
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Partially Available through Microsoft Azure Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Available/supported A few minutes Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Available/supported Anycasted network (regional) Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend, or compress on edge 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? Available/supported Configure specific other Host header Unknown
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Single POP shield or multiple. Full control Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage Unknown
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 Available/supported Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported No longer than 1 min, often much faster Unknown
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension Unknown
Analytics Available/supported Real-time, with many metrics in the UI Unknown
Log files Available/supported < 60 seconds Unknown
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection Verizon Media Akamai
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Non-SNI. Pricing is custom. Wildcard possible Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Pricing is custom Unknown
Token authentication Available/supported Included as core feature Unknown
Geo blocking Available/supported Included as core feature Unknown
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Included as core feature Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Extra costs Supported via special configuration Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported Included as core feature Unknown

Support

Customer support Verizon Media Akamai
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Unknown