Comcast compared to Rackspace

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

Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features Comcast Rackspace
PoPs 93 200
Purge All Fully supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Not supported Unknown
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Not supported Fully supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Fully supported Not supported
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Fully supported Not supported
SPDY Protocol Not supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Upon request Fully supported
Real time statistics Fully supported Unknown
Online signup Not supported Fully supported
API Purge, Statistics Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Unknown
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Wildcard SSL Certificates Not supported Fully supported
Support Phone and Email support 24/7/365 Phone and Email support
Video On Demand (VoD) Not supported Not supported
RTMP Streaming Not supported Not supported
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Not supported
Storage Fully supported Additional costs

Pricing Comcast vs Rackspace

Comcast Rackspace
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) N/A $0.10 per GB (EMEA)
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) N/A $0.02 per GB (EMEA, 5PB+)
APAC Traffic N/A $0.16 per GB, $0.019 (India)
LATAM Traffic N/A $0.27 per GB
Extra costs N/A 10,000 HTTP at requests $0.0075-$0.0165 (varies per region) 10,000 HTTPS requests at $0.01-$0.022 (varies per region)

COMCAST Description

In 2014, Comcast debuted their CDN service. With their own CDN in place, Comcast can deliver a better experience to their already existing consumer base. Unique in the CDN landscape, we can label Comcast a B2C CDN service provider.

As the ISP, cable owner and CDN provider, Comcast is able to offer an excellent SLA and potentially lower pricing, when compared to 3rd party CDN providers who do not own the network they operate on.

The Comcast CDN is regional and offers PoPs within the US only. The CDN service is therefore not suited for businesses with a global userbase, unless it is combined with other CDN providers in a multi-CDN setup. Warpcache is a multi-CDN provider that offers the Comcast CDN in combination with others.

COMCAST Resellers

Warpcache is a reseller of Comcast. For more information about the Comcast content delivery network, services and pricing, get in touch here.

Comcast is a very suitable provider for a multi-CDN setup. Warpcache resells multiple providers, both in an integrated multi-CDN solution and separately.

RACKSPACE Description

Texas-based cloud computing company Rackspace was founded in 1998 and is quite the household name. With their ‘Fanatical Support’ concept, the company distinguishes itself from its competitors by offering to focus on service and support rather than technology.

The core businesses of Rackspace are dedicated servers and cloud servers, though the company has a large portfolio with web services. Among others, the company offers website hosting, application migration, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Apps hosting, database and data analytics, email hosting and CDN services.

The company’s CDN is powered by Akamai, and Rackspace resells a custom map with 200 points-of-presence (PoPs):

  • 77 North American locations
  • 36 European locations
  • 73 Middle Eastern and APAC locations
  • 15 South American locations

Note that a limitation to the Rackspace CDN is that clients can only add up to 10 domains (resources) per service.

Rackspace offers a free web-based application called Rackspace Marketplace that enables clients to manage a variety of business applications in a single place. Some of the partnered apps in the Marketplace can also be purchased directly via Rackspace. Currently, the Rackspace Marketplace has integrations with:

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