|Purge All||Unknown||Fully supported|
|Instant Purge||Fully supported||Unknown|
|Control panel||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Push||Not supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Pull||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Shield||Not supported||Not 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||Unknown|
|Online signup||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|API||Purge, Configuration Management||Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management|
|Custom CNAMEs||Fully supported||Unknown|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Not supported||Fully supported|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Not supported||Fully supported|
|Support||Azure support starting at €25 per month||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||Azure storage||Additional costs|
|Global flat fee||N/A||N/A|
|NA/EU Traffic (low volume)||€0.0734 per GB||$0.10 per GB (EMEA)|
|NA/EU Traffic (high volume)||€0.0253 per GB (500TB+)||$0.02 per GB (EMEA, 5PB+)|
|APAC Traffic||€0.1164 per GB||$0.16 per GB, $0.019 (India)|
|LATAM Traffic||€0.2109 per GB||$0.27 per GB|
|Extra costs||Premium features, Support||10,000 HTTP at requests $0.0075-$0.0165 (varies per region) 10,000 HTTPS requests at $0.01-$0.022 (varies per region)|
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.
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):
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:
Other * New Relic * Cedexis * Neustar UltraDNS * Dynatrace * W3 Total Cache