Akamai compared to Amazon CloudFront

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Akamai and Amazon CloudFront. We hope this helps you compare these two Content Delivery Networks. You can find additional tips that help you select the right CDN here.

Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features Akamai Amazon CloudFront
PoPs ~2200 41
Purge All Fully supported Not supported
Instant Purge Not supported Not supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully supported Partially supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Additional costs Not supported
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Partially supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Fully supported Fully supported
SPDY Protocol Not supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Fully supported Fully supported
Real time statistics Not supported Not supported
Online signup Not supported Fully supported
API Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Additional costs Partially supported
Wildcard SSL Certificates Additional costs Partially supported
Support Phone and Email support, Community Forum Phone and Email support (extra charge), Community Forum (free)
Video On Demand (VoD) Fully supported Additional costs
RTMP Streaming Fully supported Additional costs
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Not supported
Storage Not supported Additional costs

Pricing Akamai vs Amazon CloudFront

Akamai Amazon CloudFront
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) N/A $0.085 per GB
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) N/A $0.040 per GB (350TB+)
APAC Traffic N/A $0.140 - $0.170 per GB
LATAM Traffic N/A $0.250 per GB
Extra costs N/A
  • $0.0075 per 10,000 HTTP Requests (US)
  • $0.0100 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (US)
  • $0.0090 per 10,000 HTTP Requests (EU/RoW ex. SA)
  • $0.0120 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (EU/RoW ex. SA & AU)
  • $0.0160 per 10,000 HTTP Requests (SA)
  • $0.0220 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (SA)
  • $0.0125 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (AU)
  • $0.005 per file invalidation (purge) request (first 1000 per month are free)

AKAMAI Description

One of the older, and most well-known CDN providers is Akamai Technologies. Founded in 1998, the company has served notable customers such as Twitter, Adobe, Facebook, Nintendo, Sky and Fox, BBC and CNN, and Bing.

Accounting for a large portion of the world’s Web traffic, Akamai’s Intelligent Cloud Computing Platform is built on top of 200,000 servers, in over 110 countries, within more than 1,400 networks in the world.

In the CDN industry, Akamai Technologies is a large player. The company holds a variety of CDN related patents, and is no stranger to patent infringement disputes. In 2005 Akamai Technologies acquired competitor Speedera, a move that ended a long-lasting dispute over Speedera-held patents. Additionally, Akamai has been in a dispute with Limelight Networks since 2006 over an alleged patent infringement - a case that came to an end in August 2015, with Limelight being held liable for the infringement.

Through the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program, Akamai has established a peering arrangement with Google’s Cloud Platform. Joined by Highwinds, CloudFlare, Fastly, Level3 and EdgeCast, Akamai has established private interconnects with Google edge locations, to the benefit of both parties customers. Compared to data traffic routing over the public Internet, traffic via the interconnects suffers less latency, and the connection is more reliable. Google Cloud platform who use GCE as their origin receive a discount to their egress origin traffic routed via Akamai.

AKAMAI Resellers

Akamai has an extensive reseller program and works with a large amount of partners to resell its services. One of those parties is Warpcache.

Interested in learning more about the company, Akamai services and Akamai pricing? Contact Warpcache here.

AMAZON CLOUDFRONT Description

Cloudfront is a CDN by Amazon, which can be used on a stand-alone basis, or in combination with other Amazon web products.

The CDN integrates very well with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and is often used in combination with their storage solution Amazon S3.

Amazon Cloudfront offers on-demand, no-commitment pricing plans which can be found on their website. The pricing overview of Cloudfront is slightly complex; customers should be aware that the unit prices for bandwidth and requests differ per region.

Current customers of Cloudfront are not published, but CDN Overview has located a few such as: NHL and Nasty Gal. We’ll be updating the list as we find more.

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