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What is Akamai? The leading platform for cloud, mobile, media and security across any device, anywhere. If you've ever shopped online, downloaded music, watched a web video or connected to work remotely, you've probably used Akamai's cloud platform. Akamai helps businesses connect the hyperconnected, empowering them to transform and reinvent their business online. We remove the complexities of technology, so you can focus on driving your business faster forward.

What is KeyCDN? A CDN crafted with ease and simplicity in mind - speed up your website. KeyCDN is a superfast Content Delivery Network with best prices on the market. This CDN allows you to accelerate any kind of content.

Akamai and KeyCDN can be primarily classified as "Content Delivery Network" tools.

Twitter, Salesforce, and Yahoo! are some of the popular companies that use Akamai, whereas KeyCDN is used by Rocket.Chat, Uploadcare, and Flat. Akamai has a broader approval, being mentioned in 92 company stacks & 15 developers stacks; compared to KeyCDN, which is listed in 34 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

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What is Akamai?

If you've ever shopped online, downloaded music, watched a web video or connected to work remotely, you've probably used Akamai's cloud platform. Akamai helps businesses connect the hyperconnected, empowering them to transform and reinvent their business online. We remove the complexities of technology, so you can focus on driving your business faster forward.

What is KeyCDN?

KeyCDN offers super fast and secure content delivery for minimal loading time. In addition to the CDN, it also offers advanced image processing and many other features such as live logs and Let's Encrypt SSL.
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        What are some alternatives to Akamai and KeyCDN?
        CloudFlare
        Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.
        Fastly
        Fastly's real-time content delivery network gives you total control over your content, unprecedented access to performance analytics, and the ability to instantly update content in 150 milliseconds.
        Google Cloud CDN
        Google Cloud CDN leverages Google's globally distributed edge caches to accelerate content delivery for websites and applications served out of Google Compute Engine. Cloud CDN lowers network latency, offloads origins, and reduces serving costs. Once you've set up HTTP(S) Load Balancing, simply enable Cloud CDN with a single checkbox.
        Amazon CloudFront
        Amazon CloudFront can be used to deliver your entire website, including dynamic, static, streaming, and interactive content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your content are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance.
        MaxCDN
        The MaxCDN Content Delivery Network efficiently delivers your site’s static file through hundreds of servers instead of slogging through a single host. This "smart route" technology distributes your content to your visitors via the city closest to them.
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        Decisions about Akamai and KeyCDN
        RMW Web Publishing
        RMW Web Publishing
        Web Development at RMW Web Publishing · | 4 upvotes · 17.4K views
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        imgix
        imgix
        CloudFlare
        CloudFlare
        Pingdom
        Pingdom
        KeyCDN
        KeyCDN
        #WebpageTest
        #GoogleInsight

        Platform Update: we’ve been using the Performance Test tool provided by KeyCDN for a long time in combination with Pingdom's similar tool and the #WebpageTest and #GoogleInsight - we decided to test out KeyCDN for static asset hosting. The results for the endpoints were superfast - almost 200% faster than CloudFlare in some tests and 370% faster than imgix . So we’ve moved Washington Brown from imgix for hosting theme images, to KeyCDN for hosting all images and static assets (Font, CSS & JS). There’s a few things that we like about “Key” apart from saving $6 a month on the monthly minimum spend ($4 vs $10 for imgix). Key allow for a custom CNAME (no more advertising imgix.com in domain requests and possible SEO improvements - and easier to swap to another host down the track). Key allows JPEG/WebP image requests based on clients ‘accept’ http headers - imgix required a ?auto=format query string on each image resource request - which can break some caches. Key allows for explicitly denying cookies to be set on a zone/domain; cookies are a big strain on limited upload bandwidth so to be able to force these off is great - Cloudflare adds a cookie to every header… for “performance reasons”… but remember “if you’re getting a product something for free…”

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        Reviews of Akamai and KeyCDN
        Review ofKeyCDNKeyCDN

        Using it with my webforum (9000 Users/Month / 600.000 Requests) Easy to integrate with existing documentations for all big applications, free ssl support with let's encrypt or own certificate. Ability to use own domain (like cdn.yourdomain.org). You only pay for that what you're really using (pay as you go).

        Using KeyCDN already a little bit more then one year, i love it. Loadspeed improved heavily (without: 2,5-4s | with (0,5-1,2s).

        Support is very fast and helpful in any situation.

        And the most important thing: cheaper then others. while being much faster.

        I can only recommend everyone to use KeyCDN.

        But please keep this in mind, unused credits will expire after one year if there wasn't a payment for more than a year but you can retain them with any payment for another year before the expiry.

        Review ofKeyCDNKeyCDN

        KeyCDN is a simple-to-use and reliable solution to decrease page load times around the world. In particular, I enjoy the simplicity of the dashboard provided, the CMS integration documentation, custom sub-domain configuration, and Let's Encrypt support.

        As an individual user, I use KeyCDN for a variety of different personal projects, some of which may experience high traffic at peak times. I have never once had an issue with the KeyCDN service and it has served me well over the past year.

        My one and only issue with KeyCDN is that there is a minimum purchase requirement and that the credits purchased will expire after one year. Still, one could rationalize KeyCDN as a yearly subscription service this way and it would still be a good deal for those who need a reliable CDN provider.

        Review ofKeyCDNKeyCDN

        Turned out to be the best CDN of the ones we tried (including CloudFront, CacheFly, and MaxCDN). It's by far the best modern, well designed, and easy to use interface. It seems to have every feature we could need, including SPDY support (which CloudFront still lacks), an API that allows easy free cache invalidation, HTTPS SNI, and real-time logging.

        It didn't seem to be very fast at first and we almost stopped using them, but it turns out they have an odd quirk where they don't cache pages that don't set a Content-Length header (which PHP pages normally don't). Once we set up a work-around for that issue, it worked very well. Hopefully that's an issue they can fix on their end eventually.

        Review ofKeyCDNKeyCDN

        The ability to fine tune the configuration of each zone to a specific business goal. The robust set of features available at no extra cost such as: HTTP2, Custom SSL, GZip Compression, HLS optimisation. Quick addition of latest technologies such as the Brotli compression algorithm. Still have one minus, is limit of 5 zones only. Very recommend to use

        Review ofKeyCDNKeyCDN

        I was using MaxCdn for a few years and found it too expensive for my low traffic wordpress sites. Then I found KeyCDN and found all the same features and benefits for half the price. I have been pretty happy using KeyCDN and switching over to them has been painless.

        How developers use Akamai and KeyCDN
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        The Independent uses AkamaiAkamai

        Akamai sits at the front of the site, all assets and pages are cached for a minimum of 60 seconds. Requests to the edge peak at over 100k/s.

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        BrizTech Ltd. uses KeyCDNKeyCDN

        Content delivery network to cater for expanding our international customer base.

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