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Company

Founded in 2011, Fastly has grown into a mature CDN provider. Fastly offers a range of services including streaming media delivery and private CDN but Fastly is best known for being a 'real-time CDN', meaning changes happen instantly and the platform can deliver 'uncacheable' content well.
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Products

On April 18 2017, Fastly unveiled three new products: Web Application Firewall (WAF), Image Optimizer and Load Balancer. Read the press release.

View the table below for more insight into Fastly products.
Hover over/touch the product to view a short description.

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video on Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Image Optimizer
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web application firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Mitigation
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Fastly Managed CDN
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Compute@Edge

Network

Fastly has POPs in 35 locations on 6 continents, with an exceptionally strong presence in Oceania (6 POPs). In 2017, Fastly plans to launch new POPs in India (Chennai and Mumbai), Israel, US and Canada.
Fastly network map

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Locations marked with * are not active yet but on the CDN's roadmap.

Region POPs Locations
North America 17 United States flag Ashburn - Atlanta - Boston - Chicago - Columbus - Dallas - Denver - Houston - Jacksonville - Kansas City - Los Angeles - Miami - Minneapolis MN - New York - San Jose - Seattle - St. Louis
Canada flag Montreal - Toronto - Vancouver
Latin America 6 Argentina flag Buenos Aires
Brazil flag Curitiba - Rio de Janeiro - São Paulo
Chile flag Santiago
Colombia flag Bogotá
Europe 13 Austria flag Vienna
Germany flag Frankfurt - Berlin*
Denmark flag Copenhagen
Spain flag Madrid
France flag Paris - Marseille*
Finland flag Helsinki
United Kingdom flag London - Manchester
Ireland flag Dublin
Italy flag Milan
Netherlands flag Amsterdam
Norway flag Oslo
Sweden flag Stockholm
Russia & CIS 0
Asia excl. China 7 Hong Kong flag Hong Kong
India flag Chennai - Mumbai - New Delhi - Hyderabad* - Kolkota*
Japan flag Osaka - Tokyo
Singapore flag Singapore
China 0
Oceania 6 Australia flag Brisbane - Melbourne - Perth - Sydney
New Zealand flag Auckland - Wellington
Middle-East 1 United Arab Emirates flag Dubai
Africa 2 South Africa flag Johannesburg - Cape Town

Pricing

Fastly doesn't require long-term contracts and their pricing is simple and easy to understand, with no hidden costs. You can test up to $50 of traffic for free, no commitment required. Billing is based on number of requests and data transfer and if applicable your TLS/SSL plan. Signup is completely self-service and there is no need to talk to a sales representative. You can get discounted rates based on a commit in an annual contract.
Fastly pricing

Pricing & contract duration
Minimum contract term None
Minimum monthly costs $50
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.19 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.28 per GB

Features

Features Fastly is proud of are instant configuration updates, instant purging, the ability to cache dynamic content, real-time log streaming and analytics, and traffic spike protection. Customers have the flexibility to customize their Varnish configurations at will.

View the tables below for more insight into the features Fastly supports.
Hover over/touch the feature name to view a short description.

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Yes Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/2 Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes IPv6 at Fastly
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge. Brotli!
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Can be different from origin host
Origin ShieldCDN Guide: Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Also available as separate product (Media Shield)
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin No
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant!
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all and by key
Analytics Yes Real-time!
Log files Yes Real-time streaming of logs to your server
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free for first 5 domains, $20 per additional domain
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible.
Token authentication Yes Enabling URL token validation
Geo blocking Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Creating and using Edge Dictionaries
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Authenticating before returning a request
IP white/blacklisting Yes About Edge ACLs

Support

Fastly provides a range of support options and paid plans. Free to all is their extensive public documentation and API references as well as the community forum and email support. Customers can pay to upgrade the support level, e.g. to get phone and Slack support, faster responses, outside business hours and dedicated account management.

Customer support
Documentation Yes Yes, public
Humans Yes Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available

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