Chinafy vs. 

Akamai China CDN

Looking for a Akamai China CDN alternative for China? Read on to learn how Chinafy differs from Akamai China CDN and or how you might use both together to accelerate your global digital presence.

About 

Akamai China CDN

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.

Use Case & Application

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.

Chinafy vs. CDNs

CDNs are not able to resolve any resource compatibility issues on the software layer that websites face in China.

That is why a number of Tier 1 CDN providers including AWS, Azure, and Alibaba Cloud partner with Chinafy to further help their end-users have a stronger digital presence in China. Chinafy conversely works closely with these partners to offer our clients access to their other solutions.

By combining an intelligent China web compatibility suite with a fully-managed infrastructure stack - including a multi-CDN - Chinafy helps websites and web applications load an average of 5.6x faster in China and display more fully.

Single vs. Multi-CDN

Because of the way Chinafy works, websites that use Chinafy can leverage the best of two technology stacks -
i) their original one designed for visitors outside of China, complimented by
ii) one specifically for visitors from China, fully-managed by Chinafy.
Chinafy offers the option to use our multi-CDN stack. Fast near-China CDN and smart load balancing comes standard with all plans.

In contrast to single CDNs, our multi-CDN solution is deployed to combine various PoPs from different CDN providers so that it is compute-optimised solution offering more consistent coverage and optimal performance.

Onshore vs. Offshore PoPs

Use of any onshore CDN PoPs in China, irrespective of provider, requires an ICP license which relatedly requires an onshore China business entity.

Without one, most companies are leveraging the provider's Global CDN, including Near-China PoPs.
Learn more about how Chinafy helps achieve near-native onshore performance, offshore without a separate site, ICP license or onshore hosting for Akamai China CDN.

Akamai China CDN (Onshore) via ChinaNetCenter

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.

Performance in China


Compatibility 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.

Feature Comparison

Chinafy
Akamai China CDN
Faster website performance & availability
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Has management dashboard
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FE Optimisation (URL Prefetching, Minifying JS/CSS, Image optimisation)
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China Web Compatibility
Incompatible Resource Detection
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Resource Optimisation
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Automated Rule-based optimisations
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Domain Compression
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CDN Features
Geo IP-Base Redirection
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Near-China PoPs
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China PoPs (via partners)
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Fully-managed Multi-CDN
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Edge Computing
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Security
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ISO 27001 or SOC 2 Certified
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PCI DSS Compliant
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GDPR Compliant
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Pre-requisites
Website URL, & quick DNS update
For offshore hosting, subscription and set-up. For local hosting 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. Data must be stored locally.
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Expert Support


Chinafy prides itself on expert support for our customers, with varying solutions depending on their needs and website specifications.

Chinafy regularly onboards sites using Akamai China CDN.
Do you use Akamai China CDN? Use both Chinafy and Akamai China CDN.

We regularly work with sites using various CDNs. CDNs does not fully address web performance issues in China but it doesn't mean you can't use other features and or leverage their leading CDN capabilities outside of China.

Do you have a regulated entity and ICP license?

A) If no, no problem. Learn more about how Chinafy helps SMEs to listed MNCs to achieve near-native onshore performance, offshore without a separate site, ICP license or onshore hosting to compliment to compliment your existing tech stack. Bolt-on China access.

B) If yes, reach out to us to see how you can combine Chinafy's intelligent web resource compatibility suite with Akamai China CDN with Chinafy for Enterprise.

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