Akamai Technologies, Inc. is a global content delivery network (CDN), cybersecurity, & cloud service company providing web and Internet security services. Akamai's Intelligent Edge Platform is one of the world's largest distributed computing platforms and used primarily by Enterprises.
Chinafy and Akamai both are related to a website and or web applications performance. However -
Chinafy specialises in web performance for China. The platform combines both intelligent China web resource compatibility solutions with a fully-managed China-specific infrastructure - including fast near-China CDN.
The Akamai CDN solution is widely used across various websites for acceleration and security purposes, with the majority of its solutions applied across global, non-China websites.
They can be used in compliment. More in Using Chinafy with Akamai.
Use of any onshore CDN PoPs in China, irrespective of provider, requires an ICP licence, which relatedly requires an onshore China business entity.
Without one, most companies are leveraging Akamai's Global CDN, including Near-China PoPs.
Akamai China CDN (Onshore)
Akamai does not operate it's own CDN or points-of-presence (i.e. POPs) in China. Instead they partner with ChinaNetCenter, and leverage their onshore PoPs.
Akamai China CDN is add-on module to Akamai’s base-delivery products such as Ion.
ChinaNetCenter is also known as Wangsu Technology Company Limited, which is functionally a third-party service that is logically separated from Akamai's global operations (for many reasons).
Wangsu has 500+ PoPs in China and provide largely the typical CDN services one would expect from a content delivery network. However, Akamai global CDN features such as image optimisation and DNS are not available for Akamai China. akamai
This is similar to Cloudflare's China CDN, and their partnership with Baidu.
Pre-requisites to use Akamai China CDN include an ICP Filing or License, local hosting agreement with Chinese-based hosting provider, PSB Bei An, a legal entity in China/China-owned business or a China-based representation office. Companies remain the exclusive owner of customer data but data must be stored domestically in China.
Akamai China CDN does not provide China compatibility solutions to handle for, resolving, or replacing resources that are blocked or inaccessible from China. Common technologies that interfere with a site’s functionality in China and may appear broken include Vimeo, Youtube, Twitter, Google APIs and more.
Please refer to Chinafy vs. CDN. above.