section.io compared to Microsoft Azure

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of section.io and Microsoft Azure. 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 section.io Microsoft Azure
PoPs 22 38
Purge All Fully supported Unknown
Instant Purge Fully supported Fully supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Not supported Not supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Unknown Not supported
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Unknown 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 Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management Purge, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Unknown Not supported
Wildcard SSL Certificates Unknown Not supported
Support Email support Azure support starting at €25 per month
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 Not supported Azure storage

Pricing section.io vs Microsoft Azure

section.io Microsoft Azure
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

SECTION.IO Description

Section.io is a “delivery platform created by developers for developers”. The Australian company was founded in 2015 by Stewart McGrath and Daniel Bartholomew, and developed by the team behind Squixa - a web performance acceleration company with multi-CDN. Squixa has since been renamed and made part of section.io.

The company has secured funding from the Australian government’s Commercialization Australia program, and from Tahoma Ventures, Blue Note Ventures and Galvanize Ventures in March 2016.

The team behind section.io aims to give developers of ops and apps teams control over their solution, and make it easy to use. From their own experience they found CDNs to be clunky, and packed with features that do not necessarily fit the needs of developers. They apply the agile DevOps principles to content delivery. Section.io automates the setup process for a Varnish installation and gives clients access and control over the configuration. Their platform platform lets clients run their own Varnish Configuration Language (VCL), both in development and in production.

Included features are logs, alerting, usage statistics and SSL. In addition, section.io supports HTTP/2.

Customers of section.io are, or have been: Mazda, Appliances Online, nib, Temple & Webster, Breville, Intrepid Travel, Lorna Jane, Adairs, Australian Geographic, Booktopia, Colorado and I love ugly.

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.

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