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Akamai versus Fastly

Easily compare Akamai and Fastly for POP locations, products, pricing, features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these content delivery networks.

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Company

Company Akamai Fastly
Short profile Akamai is one of the oldest CDNs and generally considered to be the largest global CDN. They have 'servers everywhere' and a wide range of products and services. The company is actively involved in Let's Encrypt and is pushing HTTP/2 adoption. 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.

Products

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

Network

Region Akamai Fastly
North America Unknown 17
Latin America Unknown 6
Europe Unknown 13
Russia & CIS Unknown 0
Asia excl. China Unknown 7
China Unknown 0
Oceania Unknown 6
Middle-East Unknown 1
Africa Unknown 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai Fastly
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $50
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.12 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.19 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.28 per GB

Features

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Web acceleration Akamai Fastly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/2
WebSockets WebSockets docs Limited availability
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? IPv6 at Fastly
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge Resend from origin, or compress on edge. Brotli!
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? HTTP and HTTPS HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Can be different from origin host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Also available as separate product (Media Shield)
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 StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate 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 Akamai Fastly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net 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

Support

Customer support Akamai Fastly
Documentation Yes, but not public Yes, public
Humans Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available