Microsoft Azure compared to Highwinds

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Microsoft Azure and Highwinds. 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 Microsoft Azure Highwinds
PoPs 38 52
Purge All Unknown 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 Not supported Fully supported
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Additional costs Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Not supported Not supported
SPDY Protocol Not supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Not supported Fully supported
Real time statistics Additional costs Fully supported
Online signup Fully supported Partially supported
API Purge, Configuration Management Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Not supported Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Not supported Additional costs
Support Azure support starting at €25 per month E-mail and Phone support
Video On Demand (VoD) Not supported Fully supported
RTMP Streaming Not supported Additional costs
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Fully supported
Storage Azure storage Fully supported

Pricing Microsoft Azure vs Highwinds

Microsoft Azure Highwinds
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) €0.0734 per GB N/A
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) €0.0253 per GB (500TB+) N/A
APAC Traffic €0.1164 per GB N/A
LATAM Traffic €0.2109 per GB N/A
Extra costs Premium features, Support N/A

MICROSOFT AZURE Description

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.

HIGHWINDS Description

Highwinds, or Highwinds Network Group, Inc. is a content delivery provider headquartered in Florida, US. The company was founded in 2002, and it owns and operates its own network called RollingThunder.

While serving businesses from every segment, Highwinds has a strong focus on the games industry. Notable customers include, or have included game publishers Valve, Wargaming, CCP Games and Renatus Media. Other clients of the Highwinds CDN are Facebook LiveRail, Fun.com, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), Giphy, Yashi and Hudl.

Features in the Highwinds portfolio cover, among others: (live) streaming, site acceleration, cloud storage and colocation. Read more about Highwinds’ features in the overview below.

Highwinds participates in the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program. The company has established private interconnects between 28 of its own points-of-presence and Google’s Edge locations. These links provide low(er) latency routes between the infrastructures of both parties, and increased reliability when compared to content travelling over the public Internet. The peering agreements between Google and Highwinds are especially interesting for Highwinds customers who use the Google Cloud Platform as their origin. Additionally, the costs of egress traffic over the interconnects are reduced for Google customers. Other CDN providers that partake in Google’s Interconnect program are Akamai, Fastly, CloudFlare, Level3 and EdgeCast.

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HIGHWINDS Resellers

Highwinds works with resellers to distribute its services to clients. One of these reseller partners is Warpcache, who offer the Highwinds CDN both separately and in combination with other CDNs, in an integrated multi-CDN solution. For more information about Highwinds services and pricing, get in touch with Warpcache here.

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