|Purge All||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Instant Purge||Fully supported||Unknown|
|Control panel||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Push||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Pull||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Shield||Additional costs||Fully supported|
|GZIP Compression||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom Rules||Fully supported||Fully 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||Fully supported|
|Online signup||Not supported||Fully supported|
|API||Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management||Fully supported|
|Custom CNAMEs||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Fully supported|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Fully supported|
|Support||Phone and Email support, Community Forum||Phone, Chat 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||Not supported|
|Storage||Additional costs||Fully supported|
|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|
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 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.
G-Core, or G-Core Labs S.A. is an IT solutions provider based in Luxembourg, with offices in Moscow, Minsk and Perm. In 2017 G-Core Labs acquired SkyparkCDN. The company offers a variety of services such as peering network, hosting and CDN services. G-Core was founded in 2014 by the team behind Wargaming Interactive, the Russian game development studio of World of Tanks and World of Warships.
Developed to support online gaming, G-Core’s core KPIs are low latency, high availability and cost optimisation. From their experience with the Wargaming user base, a gaming-tailored CDN and IT infrastructure emerged that is both suitable for gaming parties, as well as clients in any other web content industry. G-core’s infrastructure was the backbone for the world record of (‘Most Players Online Simultaneously on one MOG Server’), officially awarded to Wargaming, for serving 1.114.000 gamers simultaneously.
G-Core is what we consider a local or regional CDN provider and focuses on the Russia and CIS region. With 15 PoPs spread across all regions in Russia and CIS, the company aims to provide the most optimal content delivery to gamers and web users in the area. However, they have also expanded outside of Russia and the CIS region with PoPs in Europe, North-America, and Asia for a total of 36 PoPs.
Next to their CDN services, G-Core provides cloud hosting, co-location, DDoS protection, private information policy assistance and a wide range of support services to their clients. G-Core uses OpenStack to manage their networking, compute and storage resources.