|Purge All||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Instant Purge||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Control panel||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Push||Not 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||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Raw Access Logs||Additional costs||Fully supported|
|Real time statistics||Additional costs||Fully supported|
|Online signup||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|API||Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management||Purge|
|Custom CNAMEs||Additional costs||Fully supported|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Additional costs|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Not supported||Additional costs|
|Support||Email support (free), Phone support (Paid)||24/7/365 Email support, 9am-5pm Chat support|
|Video On Demand (VoD)||Not supported||Fully supported|
|RTMP Streaming||Not supported||Not supported|
|Multiple CDNs||Not supported||Not supported|
|CDN balancing tech||Not supported||Not supported|
|Storage||Not supported||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|
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.
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.