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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 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.


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


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 & 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


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


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