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Akamai

Akamai is a superior premium services offering if that's what you need from a CDN. For more typical use cases, we're often more often than not implementing MaxCDN, or integrated CDNs from cloud providers (e.g. CloudFront, Azure CDN, etc). If you find that Akamai's offerings are really what you need, and you are okay paying the premium, the services themselves are great. There's a reason they're used by major enterprises of all sizes, and used for hosting video content from the NFL, etc.
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Google App Engine

Google App Engine is great if you want to rapidly build and deploy web services and you have the money to spend. It's also great if you have a team of developers, or at least 2 or 3, so if you get stuck then you have multiple people looking into it and trying to figure out how to proceed. It is less well-suited to a small startup looking to save cash, or to an individual developer who may get stuck on something and be totally blocked for days or weeks
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Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

Akamai
Google App Engine
8.2
Ease of building user interfaces
Akamai
Google App Engine
7.4
Scalability
Akamai
Google App Engine
9.7
Platform management overhead
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.7
Workflow engine capability
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.2
Platform access control
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.4
Services-enabled integration
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.2
Development environment creation
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.9
Development environment replication
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.9
Issue monitoring and notification
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.2
Issue recovery
Akamai
Google App Engine
6.4
Upgrades and platform fixes
Akamai
Google App Engine
7.9

Pros

  • Caching is one of the greatest benefits that Akamai allows for, saving time, money and experiencing the user experience.
  • Knowing they provide DDOS and other attack protection gives you peace of mind.
  • How finely you can tune all of the different settings available to you, from blocking IPs, cache settings, headers, redirects and even handling error statuses .
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  • Well suited for doing asynchronous long running process jobs through task queues
  • Supports for huge files upload process (fast and efficient)
  • Integrates pretty well with Java and Spring MVC technologies
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Cons

  • 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.
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  • Flexible environment needs scaling to zero and support for all APIs available in Standard Environment like ndb for Python and Task Queue.
  • Standard Environment needs to update some outdated libraries like lxml for Python.
  • Instance pricing of Standard Environment could be lowered, since it wasn't updated for many years.
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Google App Engine6.1
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It is stable, and have not had any incidents of downtime related to the platform.
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Usability

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Google App Engine7.2
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As soon as you navigate around in the Apps interface, you will see that it is easy to use. So easy, that new sysadmins can get fooled into thinking it is not powerful. Be careful what you click. A small checkbox can shut down your entire organization's email!
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Support

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Google App Engine5.3
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Google support is mostly offshore for the US. At times, this makes for language and communication issues.
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Alternatives Considered

I haven't had much experience with other CDNs and to be honest I haven't heard of many more other than Akamai which just goes to show which one is the most trusted and proves to be the best. There are others out there, such as CloudFlare, that claim to provide a similar service but there is always something missing that Akamai just already has.
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It is easy to use and saves a lot of time for programmers. I really enjoyed querying databases and being able to see very easily what I had done and still had to do. It was easy for testing and quickly changing something and instantly seeing the results.
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Return on Investment

  • The front end optimisations available from Akamai are so significant and yet so hidden it makes for an extremely pleasing user experience. When a page loads just that much faster due to images being in the exact right format for the job it gives a clear advantage over competitors.
  • Analytics coming from Akamai have changed the decisions made within the business for the better and have resulted in great improvements in many areas, such as a greater retention of visitors to the site. Little tweaks to possible certain problem areas flagged by Akamai have made a huge difference.
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  • Not sure as I used it for a final year project in University
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Pricing Details

Akamai

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

Google App Engine

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details