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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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Fastly Products

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

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Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ...
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB)
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB)
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing?
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Video on Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Image Optimizer
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain
WAFWeb Application Firewall Web application firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. DDoS Mitigation
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Fastly Managed CDN
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Compute@Edge

Fastly Network

Fastly has POPs in ~80 locations on 6 continents, with an exceptionally strong presence in Oceania (8 POPs).
Fastly network map

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* = planned POPs
** = multiple POPs

North America 17 locations in 2 countries
United States flag United States Ashburn** - Atlanta** - Chicago** - Dallas** - Los Angeles** - New York** - San Jose** - Seattle** - Boston - Columbus - Denver - Detroit - Honolulu - Houston - Jacksonville - Kansas City - Miami - Minneapolis - Phoenix - Portland - St. Louis
Canada flag Canada Calgary - Montreal - Toronto - Vancouver
Latin America 7 locations in 5 countries
Argentina flag Argentina Buenos Aires
Brazil flag Brazil São Paulo** - Curitiba - Fortaleza - Rio de Janeiro
Chile flag Chile Santiago
Colombia flag Colombia Bogotá
Peru flag Peru Lima
Europe 18 locations in 15 countries
Austria flag Austria Vienna
Belgium flag Belgium Brussels
Bulgaria flag Bulgaria Sofia
Germany flag Germany Frankfurt** - Munich
Denmark flag Denmark Copenhagen
Spain flag Spain Madrid
France flag France Marseille - Paris
Finland flag Finland Helsinki
United Kingdom flag United Kingdom London** - Manchester
Ireland flag Ireland Dublin
Italy flag Italy Milan - Palermo - Rome
Netherlands flag Netherlands Amsterdam
Norway flag Norway Oslo
Portugal flag Portugal Lisbon
Sweden flag Sweden Stockholm
Russia & CIS No edge servers
Asia excl. China 12 locations in 8 countries
Hong Kong flag Hong Kong Hong Kong
India flag India Chennai - Hyderabad - Kolkata - Mumbai - New Delhi
Japan flag Japan Tokyo** - Osaka
South Korea flag South Korea Seoul
Malaysia flag Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Philippines flag Philippines Manila
Singapore flag Singapore Singapore
Thailand flag Thailand Bangkok
China No edge servers
Oceania 8 locations in 2 countries
Australia flag Australia Adelaide - Brisbane - Melbourne - Perth - Sydney
New Zealand flag New Zealand Auckland - Christchurch - Wellington
Middle East 2 locations in 1 country
United Arab Emirates flag United Arab Emirates Dubai - Fujairah
Africa 3 locations in 2 countries
Ghana flag Ghana Accra
Kenya flag Kenya Nairobi*
South Africa flag South Africa Johannesburg - Cape Town

Fastly 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

Fastly 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.
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Web acceleration
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performance No performance degradation when using http(s):// Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/3 Enabling HTTP/3
WebSockets CDN Guide: WebSockets Technology for bidirectional communication in client-server apps Limited availability
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? IPv6 at Fastly
Compression CDN Guide: Compression Reduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge. Brotli!
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Can be different from origin host
Origin Shield CDN Guide: Origin Shield One POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Also available as separate product (Media Shield)
Waiting RoomDuring peak traffic, route users to a virtual waiting room Stateful waiting room with Compute@Edge
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin
Cache control - CDN caching Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve Stale CDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: Purge Invalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Instant!
Purge - capabilities Purge all and by key
Analytics Real-time!
Log files Real-time streaming of logs to your server
API Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Free for first 5 domains, $20 per additional domain
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN EV cert possible.
Token authentication Enabling URL token validation
Geo blocking
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Creating and using Edge Dictionaries
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Authenticating before returning a request
IP white/blacklisting About Edge ACLs

Fastly 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.

Documentation Yes, public
Human support Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available
Status Page Fastly status page

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