Zenlayer is a provides edge cloud services provider. It was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Los Angeles and Shanghai with offices in Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shenzhen.
With a significant focus on the Chinese market, Zenlayer offers services including
Zenlayer Global Accelerator (ZGA), a network acceleration service. Use cases are primarily games, IOT, SaaS applications and more. More on GA vs. CDNs here.
Zenlayer CDN, with over 290 PoPs as of 2023 and a focus on emerging markets
Bare metal cloud for high performance computing
Edge Data Center services, including custom co-location and managed hosting
Zenlayer and Chinafy are both platforms that are associated with website and web application acceleration, but they specialize in different areas of optimization.
Chinafy focuses on web compatibility for China, which involves optimizing a website's third-party resources, addressing acceleration, resolution, and optimization. Chinafy also includes a fully-managed content delivery network by default.
In the context of website acceleration, Zenlayer offers services such as Zenlayer content delivery networks (CDN) used to cache primary resources among other security features, and Zenlayer Global Accelerator (ZGA) which is used to accelerate the end user's on a network level.
However, these services do not address third-party resources, which is where Chinafy comes in as a complementary solution.
Chinafy is a partner to Zenlayer. Users of either Chinafy or Zenlayer can benefit from a joint solution combining Chinafy web compatibility solutions plus Zenlayer near-China or onshore CDNs.
If you use Zenlayer already, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to integrate the two solutions to accelerate your website's performance and address website functionality issues globally, including China.
Using any onshore CDN Points-of-Presence (PoPs) in China, regardless of the provider, requires an ICP license, which in turn necessitates an onshore China business entity. Zenlayer, as a prominent provider of edge cloud services, follows the same guidelines. Without an ICP license, many companies opt for utilizing Zenlayer Global CDN, which includes Near-China PoPs.
Zenlayer Global (Non-China)
Zenlayer has over 290 PoPs distributed across various regions of the world.
Zenlayer's Onshore CDN PoPs in China
To utilize Zenlayer's onshore CDN services in China, customers must fulfill certain prerequisites through the local partner. These prerequisites include obtaining an ICP Filing or License, entering into a local hosting agreement with a Chinese-based hosting provider, obtaining PSB Bei An (Public Security Bureau) approval, and having a legal entity in China or a China-owned business representation office. It's important to note that while customers retain ownership of their data, it must be stored domestically within China to comply with regulations.
By adhering to these guidelines, Zenlayer ensures that businesses can effectively reach their target audiences in China while abiding by local regulations and delivering optimal performance.
From a performance standpoint, it may not be necessary to host onshore in China. The choice to pursue an onshore entity and related licenses are subject to other considerations.
To learn more about joint solutions between Chinafy & Zenlayer, please email email@example.com
Kindly note that Zenlayer CDN results are not available via CDNPerf. For specific testing, you may have to contact Zenlayer and or the Chinafy Partner team for more information.
Zenlayer does not provide China compatibility solutions to handle for, resolving, or replacing 3rd party 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, Weglot, Youtube, Google APIs and more.
Please refer to Chinafy vs. CDN for more.