|Purge All||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Instant Purge||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Control panel||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Push||Fully supported||Not 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||Not supported|
|Real time statistics||Not supported||Fully 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||Additional costs|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Additional costs|
|Support||Phone and Email support, Community Forum||
|Video On Demand (VoD)||Fully supported||Not supported|
|RTMP Streaming||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Multiple CDNs||Not supported||Not supported|
|CDN balancing tech||Not supported||Additional costs|
|Storage||Additional costs||Not 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.
Incapsula Inc. provides a variety of CDN services, from the network itself to security, load balancing, failover solutions and DDoS protection. The company spun out from data security company Imperva in 2009. Incapsula launched Botopedia in 2012, a directory that includes community-sourced information about bots.
At the core of Incapsula’s feature offering lies the content delivery network and a variety of security features such as web application firewall (WAF) and DDoS mitigation.
Incapsula composes comparison tables of its own, which can be viewed on their website - providers they compare themselves to are Akamai and CloudFlare. In the comparison tables they dive deeper into the various security features within the content delivery ecosystem.
Like most other CDN providers, Incapsula integrates well with a variety of Content Management Systems (CMS) and also offers a downloadable extension on their website for Joomla. The extension improves security and performance for Joomla. Other security solutions for third parties offered by Incapsula are targeted at clients hosting with Rackspace, Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS. All three of these also offer their own CDN solution.