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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.


Product Akamai Fastly
Dynamic content delivery Available/supported Available/supported
Small file delivery Available/supported Available/supported
Large file delivery Available/supported Available/supported
Live video Available/supported Available/supported
Video on demand Available/supported Available/supported
DNS Available/supported Not available/supported
WAF Available/supported Not available/supported
Anti-DDoS Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDN Unknown Available/supported


Region Akamai Fastly
North America Unknown 14
Latin America Unknown 1
Europe Unknown 6
Russia & CIS Unknown 0
Asia, excl China Unknown 4
China Unknown 0
Oceania Unknown 6
Middle-East Unknown 1
Africa Unknown 0


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 Same rates as CDN-to-client traffic
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


Web acceleration Akamai Fastly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Available/supported 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 Available/supported Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge 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 Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Unknown Available/supported Can be different from origin host
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Unknown Available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Unknown 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 Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Available/supported Instant!
Purge - capabilities Unknown Available/supported Purge all and by key
Analytics Unknown Available/supported Real-time!
Log files Unknown Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server
API Unknown Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai Fastly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Unknown Available/supported Free
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 Available/supported
Geo blocking Unknown Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Unknown


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