|Purge All||Unknown||Fully supported|
|Instant Purge||Unknown||Fully supported|
|Control panel||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Push||Not supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Pull||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Shield||Not supported||Fully supported|
|GZIP Compression||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom Rules||Not supported||Fully supported|
|HTTP/2 Protocol||Not supported||Not supported|
|SPDY Protocol||Not supported||Not supported|
|Raw Access Logs||Unknown||Fully supported|
|Real time statistics||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Online signup||Not supported||Fully supported|
|Custom CNAMEs||Unknown||Fully supported|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Unknown||Fully supported|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Unknown||Additional costs|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Unknown||Additional costs|
|Support||24⁄7 ‘real-time’ support||24/7/365 Email support, 9am-5pm Chat support|
|Video On Demand (VoD)||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|RTMP Streaming||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Multiple CDNs||Not supported||Not supported|
|CDN balancing tech||Not supported||Not supported|
|Storage||Additional costs||Additional costs|
|Global flat fee||N/A||N/A|
|NA/EU Traffic (low volume)||N/A||$0.10 per GB|
|NA/EU Traffic (high volume)||N/A||$0.027 per GB (500TB+)|
|APAC Traffic||N/A||$0.150 per GB|
|LATAM Traffic||N/A||$0.20 per GB|
|Extra costs||N/A||$0.008 per 10,000 Requests|
ChinaNetCenter is one of the leading Chinese Internet service platform providers that offers both coverage of mainland China and in the rest of the world. ChinaNetCenter was founded in 2000 and was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2009. Its US subsidiary MileWEB was set up in 2012 and tasked with globalising ChinaNetCenter’s CDN services. Global sales operations followed in 2014 and MileWEB was renamed to Quantil.
The company has over 500 ‘CDN nodes’ in mainland China, covering all the major cities. Another 60 of these CDN nodes, what we assume are PoPs, are located in Europe and the United States. Next to CDN services, ChinaNetCenter offers server hosting and rental.
Features or products offered by ChinaNetCenter include the usual, such as download delivery, site acceleration, mobile acceleration and media streaming.
Note that international businesses require an Internet Content Provider (ICP) license to operate their site from China. Most Chinese CDN providers such as ChinaNetCenter and Quantil offer support to clients applying for the ICP license. Mind that without a license, Chinese ISPs are required to restrict access to the website.
CacheFly is a Chicago-based CDN provider, with over 40 Points of Presence (PoPs) spread over six continents. Next to the usual locations, Cachefly has PoPs in India, Qatar, Egypt and South Africa.
The Cachefly network is optimised for throughput, making it more suitable for the delivery of large files.
Instead of DNS-based global loadbalancing, the company’s CDN infrastructure relies on TCP Anycast routing.
CacheFly offers the usual features in the CDN industry such as instant purge, origin shielding, real-time reporting and sub-accounts. They also offer a 100% availability SLA and 24⁄7 support.
Reviewer website TopTenReviews named CacheFly #1, Gold and Excellence award winner in the ‘Small Business CDN’ category for the third year in a row. Factors taken into account in the weighing were Performance, Setup & Compatibility, Security and Help & Support.
The 10 CDNs that were reviewed are, in order of score:
It should be noted that the selection of CDNs that were reviewed is incomplete, and seemingly arbitrary. At the time of writing, TopTenReviews is a customer of Akamai.
Customers in the Cachefly portfolio include, or have included: The Economist, Magellan, Jelly Belly, Bank of America, Budweiser, Trillian, Ars Technica, Virgin Games, Ameritrade, Cartoon Network, McKesson, Twit.tv, Blue Shell Games, BackBeat Media and Toyota.