Akamai compared to CDNetworks

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Akamai and CDNetworks. 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 CDNetworks
PoPs ~2200 169
Purge All Fully supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Not supported Unknown
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully supported Not supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Additional costs Unknown
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Unknown
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 Fully supported
Online signup Not supported Not supported
API Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Unknown
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Unknown
Custom SSL Certificates Additional costs Unknown
Wildcard SSL Certificates Additional costs Unknown
Support Phone and Email support, Community Forum 247 Phone and Email support
Video On Demand (VoD) Fully supported Fully supported
RTMP Streaming Fully supported Fully supported
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Fully supported
Storage Not supported Additional costs

Pricing Akamai vs CDNetworks

Akamai CDNetworks
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) N/A N/A
APAC Traffic N/A N/A
LATAM Traffic N/A N/A
Extra costs N/A N/A

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.

CDNETWORKS Description

CDNetworks has been around since 2000, and is currently headquartered in Seoul. The company has raised capital with Shinhan Private Equity, Goldman Sachs and Oak Investment Partners, and acquired CDN competitor Panther Express in 2009. The company was bought by Japanese Telco KDDI in 2011. The provider has 169 points of presence (PoPs) worldwide.

CDNetworks offers the usual services within the CDN ecosystem, such as DDoS protection, cloud storage, Web Application Firewall (WAF), managed DNS with load balancing and video acceleration.

The CDN provider has a strong presence in emerging Internet markets such as China, Russia, India and South America. The company operates in mainland China and has been doing so for over 10 years. Currently, CDNetworks has 21 PoPs within China, which are mostly concentrated in the east of the country. The company is licensed by the Chinese government, and their CDNetworks China Acceleration service can be an alternative to homegrown CDN providers ChinaNetCenter and ChinaCache.

Similar to China acceleration, CDNetworks has a special focus on Russia. With 16 PoPs across the country, and a partnership with network operator MegaFon, CDNetworks offers a broad range of delivery services in Russia.

Customers in the portfolio of CDNetworks include Hyundai, Tesco, Samsung, L’Oreal, Forbes, The Onion, Dulton Media, LiveJournal and RuTube.

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