|Purge All||Fully supported||Unknown|
|Instant Purge||Unknown||Fully supported|
|Control panel||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Push||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Origin Pull||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Shield||Fully supported||Not supported|
|GZIP Compression||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom Rules||Fully supported||Additional costs|
|HTTP/2 Protocol||Fully supported||Not supported|
|SPDY Protocol||Not supported||Not supported|
|Raw Access Logs||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Real time statistics||Fully supported||Additional costs|
|Online signup||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|API||Fully supported||Purge, Configuration Management|
|Custom CNAMEs||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Support||Phone, Chat and Email support||Azure support starting at €25 per month|
|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||Azure storage|
|Global flat fee||N/A||N/A|
|NA/EU Traffic (low volume)||N/A||€0.0734 per GB|
|NA/EU Traffic (high volume)||N/A||€0.0253 per GB (500TB+)|
|APAC Traffic||N/A||€0.1164 per GB|
|LATAM Traffic||N/A||€0.2109 per GB|
|Extra costs||N/A||Premium features, Support|
G-Core, or G-Core Labs S.A. is an IT solutions provider based in Luxembourg, with offices in Moscow, Minsk and Perm. In 2017 G-Core Labs acquired SkyparkCDN. The company offers a variety of services such as peering network, hosting and CDN services. G-Core was founded in 2014 by the team behind Wargaming Interactive, the Russian game development studio of World of Tanks and World of Warships.
Developed to support online gaming, G-Core’s core KPIs are low latency, high availability and cost optimisation. From their experience with the Wargaming user base, a gaming-tailored CDN and IT infrastructure emerged that is both suitable for gaming parties, as well as clients in any other web content industry. G-core’s infrastructure was the backbone for the world record of (‘Most Players Online Simultaneously on one MOG Server’), officially awarded to Wargaming, for serving 1.114.000 gamers simultaneously.
G-Core is what we consider a local or regional CDN provider and focuses on the Russia and CIS region. With 15 PoPs spread across all regions in Russia and CIS, the company aims to provide the most optimal content delivery to gamers and web users in the area. However, they have also expanded outside of Russia and the CIS region with PoPs in Europe, North-America, and Asia for a total of 36 PoPs.
Next to their CDN services, G-Core provides cloud hosting, co-location, DDoS protection, private information policy assistance and a wide range of support services to their clients. G-Core uses OpenStack to manage their networking, compute and storage resources.
Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure includes a CDN service in their offering. The platform was released in 2010, initially named Windows Azure and renamed to Microsoft Azure in 2014.
Azure is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution, and next to a CDN they offer storage solutions, data management, compute and networking. Their IaaS solution is similar to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Compute Engine (GCE). Just like Google, Azure offers free credit to first-time users of the platform to help them get started.
The Azure CDN service uses the networks of Akamai and Edgecast, though it is fully integrated with the cloud platform and offered under the Azure brand. Because the CDN service is offered as a part of the larger Azure IaaS ecosystem, it is easy-to-use for businesses who already use the platform. Other CDNs can be used in combination with Azure products as well, for example with their storage solution.