|Purge All||Fully supported||Unknown|
|Instant Purge||Not 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||Not supported|
|GZIP Compression||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom Rules||Fully supported||Unknown|
|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||Not supported|
|API||Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management||Unknown|
|Custom CNAMEs||Fully supported||Unknown|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Fully supported||Unknown|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Unknown|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Not supported|
|Support||Phone and Email support, Community Forum||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||Not supported|
|Storage||Not supported||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.
Founded in 1997, Mirror Image Internet is a seasoned service provider with a large portfolio of web and hosting services. The company is principally owned by Xcelera Inc., and is headquartered in Massachusetts, US and has an European sales office in London.
The network map of Mirror Image is not made public on their website, and there is no information on the number of points-of-presence (PoPs). Based on performance comparisons, we think Mirror Image uses the Highwinds network, and add their own intelligence. Note that Mirror Image uses the term “Content Access Point (CAP) facilities” to refer to their PoPs.
Mirror Image Internet hold a variety of patents to protect its core technology. These concern Internet communication, web serving and the distributed selection of content servers.
The company offers features for video streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) through their miPUBLISHER platform. Large file download is also supported. Their control panel ClearVue Control Center includes real-time analytics and the necessary tooling to manage the CDN.