Alibaba Cloud CDN compared to Cloudflare

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Alibaba Cloud CDN and Cloudflare. We hope this helps you compare these two Content Delivery Networks. You can find additional tips that help you select the right CDN here.

Alibaba Cloud CDN and Cloudflare popmap

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Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features Alibaba Cloud CDN Cloudflare
PoPs 40 71
Purge All Not supported Fully supported
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 Additional costs
GZIP Compression Not supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Not supported Fully supported
SPDY Protocol Fully supported Fully supported
Raw Access Logs Not supported Additional costs
Real time statistics Fully supported Additional costs
Online signup Fully supported Fully supported
API Fully supported Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Additional costs
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Additional costs Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Not supported Not supported
Support Provide multiple support plans, with varying prices Email support (free), Phone support (Paid)
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 Not supported
Storage Fully supported Not supported

Pricing Alibaba Cloud CDN vs Cloudflare

Alibaba Cloud CDN Cloudflare
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

Alibaba Cloud CDN Description

Alibaba Cloud is a part of the Alibaba Group which specializes in cloud computing. The products under Alibaba Cloud include a CDN solution, an SSL service, Cloud storage, and Elastic Computing amongst others. Since the CDN solution is part of the Alibaba Cloud family of products, it is naturally integrated with most of the other products.

Alibaba’s CDN solution is primarily focussed on China, with most of its nodes located on the Chinese mainland. They do also have some PoPs overseas. However, since these aren’t included in standard use, they are excluded from our pop count.

Alibaba Cloud CDN has some notable customers including Philips, Schneider, Blogmint, and Changba

CLOUDFLARE Description

Not to be confused with Amazon Cloudfront, CloudFlare is a San Francisco-based CDN provider founded in 2009.

The company offers a Free plan, which includes a CloudFlare issued SSL certificate. The features included in the Free plan are basic; more become available to Pro, Business and Enterprise customers.

CloudFlare, together with Akamai, Fastly, Highwinds, Level3 and EdgeCast, is part of the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program. As part of the collaboration, 30 CloudFlare points-of-presence (PoPs) are directly connected to the Google Cloud infrastructure. When a content request comes in from a Google Cloud origin it will route directly through the interconnect between both parties rather than through the public Internet. As a result, latency is reduced for origin requests. Clients using Google Cloud also receive a discount to their egress traffic.

CloudFlare serves, and has served notable brands such as Reddit, Ello, Cisco, Zendesk, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, OkCupid and eHarmony.

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