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Limelight (NASDAQ: LLNW) has been a strong player in the CDN market since 2001. Limelight has a large, high-capacity network with POPs on many continents and an integrated suite of live and on-demand video delivery, web acceleration and security services.
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Limelight provides website acceleration, large file delivery and video delivery services, while also having WAF and Anti-DDoS. Limelight targets larger companies and enterprises.

View the table below for more insight into Limelight 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
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Web Acceleration Services
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Available/supported Content Delivery Services
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Available/supported Content Delivery Services
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Available/supported Video Delivery Services
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Video Delivery Services
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Not available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Partially On request
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Web Application Firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported DDoS Attack Interceptor
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Partially On request


Limelight claims to have 'the world's largest, global private network for digital content delivery' and 19+ terabits per-second of egress capacity. Limelight has a strong POP presence in Latin America, Asia and Middle East.
Limelight network map

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Region POPs Locations
North America 16 United States Atlanta - Chicago - Dallas - Las Vegas - Los Angeles - Miami - Minneapolis - New York - Phoenix - San Jose - Seattle - Washington DC
Canada Halifax - Montreal - Toronto - Vancouver
Latin America 5 Argentina Buenos Aires
Brazil São Paulo
Chile Santiago
Colombia Medellin
Mexico Mexico City
Europe 12 Austria Vienna
Switzerland Zurich
Italy Milan - Palermo
Germany Dusseldorf - Frankfurt
Spain Madrid
France Marseille - Paris
United Kingdom London
Netherlands Amsterdam
Sweden Stockholm
Russia & CIS 0
Asia, excl China 9 Hong Kong Hong Kong
Japan Osaka - Tokyo
India Chennai - Delhi - Mumbai
South Korea Seoul
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Singapore Singapore
Thailand Bangkok
China 0
Oceania 1 Australia Sydney
Middle-East 5 United Arab Emirates Dubai
Bahrain Manama
Israel Tel Aviv
Iraq Baghdad
Qatar Doha
Africa 0


Limelight typically requires annual contracts with pricing depending on traffic volume and what features/services you need. Get in touch to learn more about their services and prices.
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Pricing & contract duration
Minimum contract term 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive


View the tables below for more insight into the features Limelight 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? Partially A few minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s):// Not available/supported Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Match protocol
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Available/supported Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Origin shieldCDN Guide: Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Self-service control
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported
Cache control - client caching Available/supported
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Available/supported
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
API Partially Purge, analytics. Configuration API is beta in Q1 2017
HTTPS & Content Protection
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Available/supported Free. SNI
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs
Token authentication Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable
Geo blocking Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable


Customer support
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Customers who purchase Advanced Services have access to a designated Limelight Advanced Services team member.

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