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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.

  • Available/supported = Yes
  • Partially = Sort of/partially
  • Not available/supported = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Available/supported
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Video on Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Available/supported Image Optimizer
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Not available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Web application firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported DDoS Mitigation
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Available/supported Fastly Managed CDN

Network

Fastly has POPs in 33 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 and US.
Fastly network map

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Region POPs Locations
North America 14 United States Ashburn - Atlanta - Boston - Chicago - Dallas - Denver - Los Angeles - Miami - Minneapolis MN - New York - San Jose - Seattle
Canada Montreal - Toronto
Latin America 1 Brazil São Paulo
Europe 6 Netherlands Amsterdam
Germany Frankfurt
United Kingdom London
Spain Madrid
France Paris
Sweden Stockholm
Russia & CIS 0
Asia, excl China 4 Hong Kong Hong Kong
Japan Osaka - Tokyo
Singapore Singapore
China 0
Oceania 6 Australia Brisbane - Melbourne - Perth - Sydney
New Zealand Auckland - Wellington
Middle-East 1 United Arab Emirates Dubai
Africa 1 South Africa Johannesburg

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 Same rates as CDN-to-client traffic
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.

  • Available/supported = Yes
  • Partially = Sort of/partially
  • Not available/supported = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Available/supported Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Available/supported Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/2 Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported IPv6 at Fastly
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin or compress on edge. Brotli!
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Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Available/supported Can be different from origin host
Origin shieldCDN Guide: Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant!
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge all and by key
Analytics Available/supported Real-time!
Log files Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free
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 Available/supported Enabling URL token validation
Geo blocking Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Creating and using Edge Dictionaries
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Available/supported Authenticating before returning a request
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported 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 Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Available/supported Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available

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