|Purge All||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Instant Purge||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|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||Not 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||Partially 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||Additional costs|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Additional costs|
|Support||Phone and Email support, Community Forum||E-mail and Phone support|
|Video On Demand (VoD)||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|RTMP Streaming||Fully supported||Additional costs|
|Multiple CDNs||Not supported||Not supported|
|CDN balancing tech||Not supported||Fully 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.
Highwinds, or Highwinds Network Group, Inc. is a content delivery provider headquartered in Florida, US. The company was founded in 2002, and it owns and operates its own network called RollingThunder. In 2017, Highwinds was acquired by StackPath.
While serving businesses from every segment, Highwinds has a strong focus on the games industry. Notable customers include, or have included game publishers Valve, Wargaming, CCP Games and Renatus Media. Other clients of the Highwinds CDN are Facebook LiveRail, Fun.com, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), Giphy, Yashi and Hudl.
Features in the Highwinds portfolio cover, among others: (live) streaming, site acceleration, cloud storage and colocation. Read more about Highwinds’ features in the overview below.
Highwinds participates in the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program. The company has established private interconnects between 28 of its own points-of-presence and Google’s Edge locations. These links provide low(er) latency routes between the infrastructures of both parties, and increased reliability when compared to content travelling over the public Internet. The peering agreements between Google and Highwinds are especially interesting for Highwinds customers who use the Google Cloud Platform as their origin. Additionally, the costs of egress traffic over the interconnects are reduced for Google customers. Other CDN providers that partake in Google’s Interconnect program are Akamai, Fastly, CloudFlare, Level3 and EdgeCast.
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Highwinds works with resellers to distribute its services to clients. One of these reseller partners is Warpcache, who offer the Highwinds CDN both separately and in combination with other CDNs, in an integrated multi-CDN solution. For more information about Highwinds services and pricing, get in touch with Warpcache here.