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Likelihood to Recommend

Akamai

Akamai is a well-established brand name with a great product. It meets and many time exceeds the needs for global content delivery and security management layer at the edge. Fine grain security tuning seems cumbersome as the definition of the app keeps changing. It also requires an investment of time for the setup which doesn't necessarily make sense for smaller scale scenarios. Some products offered by AWS, Azure or the Google Cloud can be more tightly integrated with cloud provider offerings thus easier to configure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure CDN

If you are looking for a secure, easy to manage, solution to store and distribute your content around the US and/or world, the Azure CDN may be the right solution. The only thing I would caution users on is that once your content is published and distributed it cannot be easily refreshed on the endpoints. Instead, you are at the mercy of the default time to live when the content was first uploaded.
Andrew Mills | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Akamai

  • Content offloading - once rules are set up within Akamai you don't need to even think about how many images or large JavaScript or CSS files (for example) are being served from your own estate, Akamai takes care of it all via rules that are quick, easy and flexible.
  • Page caching - for pages that don't change very often Akamai allows you to set up rules, quickly and easily, to serve up your page content for you, which takes even more load away from your origin servers.
  • Quick rollback - the Akamai system allows easy testing of rules and changes via a staging system, and also offers a quick rollback option, which is perfect for the rare occasions when something has been set up incorrectly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure CDN

  • Cost-competitive: Azure CDN is very similar to other options from Amazon and Google, as well as smaller third-parties, and is priced to compete with those other PaaS vendors.
  • Like any solid CDN, helps alleviate load at origin nodes for static files.
  • A large number of points of presence means that many queries are already available close to end users, reducing the amount of time required to load most files as compared to loading them directly from the origin.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Akamai

  • The interface in their control centre could be a bit more user-friendly with some of the settings in places that you wouldn't expect them to be. The search offsets this problem to an extent but it's still sometimes slower than you'd like to find what you are looking for.
Adam Rooney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure CDN

  • Pricing.
  • New infrastructure cost could be minimized.
Maria Carver | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Akamai

Akamai 8.5
Based on 2 answers
Their support documents are excellent and provide a lot of useful information for all their services. The only reason I didn't give them a 10 is that the time it takes for them to respond to an issue could be slightly faster.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure CDN

Azure CDN 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Great support from the team whenever we're stuck. Very proactive in resolving issues and also making changes as per the requirements of the organization.
Maria Carver | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Akamai

We've used -- and considered -- a whole number of CDN offerings. The good news is that almost all of the CDN products on the market are terrific, and will pay for themselves via increased customer satisfaction and lower monthly hosting bills. For some cases, we're still more likely to suggest CloudFlare (which has a free tier) or an integrated offering from a cloud provider, like Cloudfront.
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure CDN

Azure CDN is certainly the favorite when you're already working in Azure like us. CloudFront has programmability and should obviously be considered first if you're already on AWS. I've seen use of CloudFlare for one-off sites (EG, my friends who are WordPress people and are intimidated by Azure and AWS).
Erik Ralston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Akamai

  • Akamai RoI improved over a period of times since it comes with heavy costs, however global deliveries in over 100 counties and global web platforms usage helps improve RoI
  • With the complex UI challenges, ROI could be impacted negatively when you have to invest in operations and time.
Vaibhav Choksi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure CDN

  • The speed at which we could stand up the CDN and push content made this significantly faster than putting together our own file server and pointing a CDN URL to it. The ease of management, from a plethora of free tools, allowed me to quickly get users up to speed on both Windows and Mac based PC's.
Andrew Mills | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Akamai

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Azure CDN

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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