Default optimizations

Every Object Delivery property automatically includes a set of best practices behaviors in the Default Rule that have been optimized for best performance. There are also mandatory behaviors that let you take advantage of use case-based provisioning to optimize delivery.

Behaviors set in the background

These behaviors are automatically applied in the background of the Default Rule to optimize delivery. You don't see them as an actual behavior in a new Object Delivery property.

  • Allow All Methods on Parent Servers
  • Cache HTTP Error Response
  • Cache HTTP Redirects
  • Caching
  • CORS
  • LDS (Log Request Details)
  • Tiered Distribution

So, you don't need to add these individual behaviors and configure them for best results. There are a few points to consider with these behaviors:

  • These behaviors can be overridden as an optional behavior. You can optionally add them to the Default Rule as separate behaviors to have them override these best practices settings. If you add one of these behaviors, you'll see a warning message. This is informational only.

  • Some Best Practices behaviors are internal only. Some behaviors are specific to core platform features for Object Delivery or other operations, and you won't see them in the Property Manager catalog. They're enabled by default to improve delivery performance. If you need to provide custom settings, you may be able to apply them in an advanced rule. Talk to your account representative for details.

  • Advanced rules override best practices. If your account representative internally adds a behavior in an advanced rule that conflicts with an established best practice, the advanced rule settings override the best practices settings.

The mandatory behaviors

Every new Object Delivery configuration includes these behaviors in the Default Rule:

  • Origin Characteristics
  • Content Characteristics
  • Client Characteristics

These let you provide information about your specific use case for the Object Delivery property, and let you apply optimizations, based on how the configuration is used. For example, if you're using a custom origin for your content, you can provide your specific Origin Location use case information. Then, Object Delivery creates an appropriate tiered distribution hierarchy to improve offload.


If you're unsure of what to enter, leave these fields set to Unknown. ​Akamai​ won't apply specific use case-based provisioning, but will still try to optimize delivery.

You can customize

We recommend that you configure the mandatory behaviors to meet your specific use case, and let ​Akamai​ optimize the network for your Object Delivery property. However, if you want to deploy custom settings, then the behaviors you (or your account representative) add take precedence over the settings used by use case-based provisioning.

For example, if you manually add the Tiered Distribution behavior to your Default Rule, what you've set there will take precedence over the use case-based optimizations that are automatically included when you define your specific Origin Location in the Origin Characteristics behavior.

Mixed mode configuration

Using use case-based behaviors in the Default Rule applies their optimizations to all requests managed by this OD property. This is because the Default Rule applies to all requests.

However, what if you want to apply different optimizations settings for different requests? To do this, you can use Mixed Mode Configuration for OD. This lets you add these use case-based behaviors in other rules outside of the Default Rule. This way, you can set unique match criteria for a request and apply different optimizations for those requests. This is fully discussed in Mixed Mode & Object Delivery.