Microsoft Azure compared to Universal CDN

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Microsoft Azure and Universal CDN. 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 Universal CDN
PoPs 38 12
Purge All Unknown Fully supported
Instant Purge Fully supported Not supported
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 Unknown
Custom Rules Additional costs Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Not supported Not supported
SPDY Protocol Not supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Not supported Not supported
Real time statistics Additional costs Fully supported
Online signup Fully supported Not supported
API Purge, Configuration Management Purge
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Not supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Unknown
Custom SSL Certificates Not supported Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Not supported Not supported
Support Azure support starting at €25 per month Email and Phone support
Video On Demand (VoD) Not supported Fully 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

Pricing Microsoft Azure vs Universal CDN

Microsoft Azure Universal CDN
Global flat fee N/A
  • First 1 TB per month: $0.032 per GB
  • Next 10 TB per month: $0.050 per GB
  • Next 100 TB per month: $0.040 per GB
  • Next 350 TB per month: $0.030 per GB
  • Next 524 TB per month: $0.028 per GB
  • Next 4 PB per month: $0.024 per GB
  • Next 5 PB per month: $0.016 per GB
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.

UNIVERSAL CDN Description

Universal CDN or UCDN is a content delivery network by XBT Holding, a global hosting and network solutions provider headquartered in Luxembourg. The company offers a wide array of services, which includes file hosting.

The network map of UCDN is relatively small: according to our information the company has 12 points of presence (PoPs).

The network is resold by SpaceCDN, a reseller of Verizon Edgecast, Highwinds, UCDN and Leaseweb.

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