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China CDN: Akamai CDN

A quick introduction to Akamai CDN, one of our top performers in the most recent CDN test

Introduction

In our recent CDN performance test, Akamai CDN made it to the top 5 in each of the two analysis. Akamai is one of if not the biggest CDN company in the world. Reason enough to take a closer look at what they offer in this article.

About Akamai CDN

Akamai CDN is a product of Akamai Technologies Inc., a NASDAQ traded US company with headquarter in Cambridge, Massachusetts. According to Wikipedia, Akamai is responsible for serving between 15 to 30 percent of all global web traffic. More information on the company itself can be found on the company website: https://www.akamai.com

Akamai CDN was established in 1998, so it had plenty of time to develop and today has over 1000 POPs in more than 80 countries with over 100,000 servers. Its CDN solutions are used by companies across industries and countries, among the more noteworthy customers are IT giants like Microsoft, Apple or Adobe.

Service and price

Akamai doesn’t publish any information on pricing but, according to CDN Planet, prefers to work with clients on an individual basis. The range of services includes everything you could ask from a CDN.

For small to medium sized companies wishing to use Akamai’s CDN, it might be best to look at some products offered by Akamai partners. The Rackspace CDN, for example, is built on top of Akamai’s CDN, uses the same infrastructure and is easy to add to existing websites in the Rackspace cloud.

In similar fashion, Microsoft provides its users with access to Akamai’s CDN as part of its cloud computing platform Azure. As such, prices for 100GB range from USD 8.7 to USD 17 depending on the zone (assuming less then 10TB transfer per month). For more information on pricing via Azure, click here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/cdn/

Akamai CDN and China

Recognizing the importance of Chinese web users, Akamai partners with all three major ISPs in Mainland China to provide POPs in the places in China that count. However, Chinese services aren’t available as standard features but are handled on a client per client basis. More information concerning that process can be found here: https://www.akamai.com/us/en/solutions/intelligent-platform/china-content-delivery-network.jsp

Conclusion

Akamai is the big player in the world of CDNs. For big companies and websites with a lot of traffic, partnering with Akamai is a sensible and relatively secure decision. For smaller and medium sized websites, partner services building on top of the Akamai infrastructure like provided by Rackspace or Microsoft Azure are probably the easiest way to profit from Akamai’s over 1000 POPs.

In terms of Chinese performance, the normal infrastructure outside of the Mainland should provide sufficient performance for most smaller businesses, bigger companies can work together with Akamai directly to get a foot into the Mainland and increase performance in China’s key regions.

by | Sep 2, 2016 | CDN

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