Internap compared to Akamai

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Internap and Akamai. 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 Internap Akamai
PoPs 19 ~2200
Purge All Unknown Fully supported
Instant Purge Unknown Not supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Not supported Additional costs
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Not supported Fully supported
SPDY Protocol Not supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Unknown Fully supported
Real time statistics Fully supported Not supported
Online signup Not supported Not supported
API Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Unknown Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Fully supported Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Not supported Additional costs
Support Email and Phone support Phone and Email support, Community Forum
Video On Demand (VoD) Fully supported Fully supported
RTMP Streaming Fully supported Fully supported
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Not supported
Storage Fully supported Not supported

Pricing Internap vs Akamai

Internap Akamai
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

INTERNAP Description

Internap (Internap Network Services Corp.) is a large Internet infrastructure provider based in Atlanta, Georgia, US that has been around since 1996. The company offers data centre services, Internet Protocol (IP) services, colocation, virtual and bare metal cloud hosting and CDN services. Their trio of enterprise IP optimisation, CDN and TCP acceleration is geared to deliver an optimal end-user experience.

Acquisitions by Internap have been:

  • CO Space (2000) - telco and datacenter services
  • VPNX.com (2003) - VPN technology, formerly known as Switchsoft Systems
  • VitalStream Holdings Inc. (2007) - CDN services, digital media storage
  • Voxel Holdings Inc. (2012) - enterprise cloud and hosting
  • iWeb (2013) - cloud hosting

In 2014 Internap announced their commercially available OpenStack compute service named AgileCLOUD. The cloud service exposes the native OpenStack API and provides integrated hybridisation functionality to address a wide range of client needs. The Internap AgileCLOUD is included in the OpenStack Marketplace.

Internap was founded in 1996 and delivers CDN services to customers such as Hi-Rez Studios, Georgia Institute of Technology, Boinc, engage:BDR, Vermont Teddy Bear and Rhapsody.

AKAMAI Description

One of the older, and most well-known CDN providers is Akamai Technologies. Founded in 1998, the company has served notable customers such as Twitter, Adobe, Facebook, Nintendo, Sky and Fox, BBC and CNN, and Bing.

Accounting for a large portion of the world’s Web traffic, Akamai’s Intelligent Cloud Computing Platform is built on top of 200,000 servers, in over 110 countries, within more than 1,400 networks in the world.

In the CDN industry, Akamai Technologies is a large player. The company holds a variety of CDN related patents, and is no stranger to patent infringement disputes. In 2005 Akamai Technologies acquired competitor Speedera, a move that ended a long-lasting dispute over Speedera-held patents. Additionally, Akamai has been in a dispute with Limelight Networks since 2006 over an alleged patent infringement - a case that came to an end in August 2015, with Limelight being held liable for the infringement.

Through the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program, Akamai has established a peering arrangement with Google’s Cloud Platform. Joined by Highwinds, CloudFlare, Fastly, Level3 and EdgeCast, Akamai has established private interconnects with Google edge locations, to the benefit of both parties customers. Compared to data traffic routing over the public Internet, traffic via the interconnects suffers less latency, and the connection is more reliable. Google Cloud platform who use GCE as their origin receive a discount to their egress origin traffic routed via Akamai.

AKAMAI Resellers

Akamai has an extensive reseller program and works with a large amount of partners to resell its services. One of those parties is Warpcache.

Interested in learning more about the company, Akamai services and Akamai pricing? Contact Warpcache here.

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