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Akamai versus Limelight

Easily compare Akamai and Limelight 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 Limelight
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. 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 a wide portfolio of acceleration and security products.


Product Akamai Limelight
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 Available/supported
Anti-DDoS Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDN Unknown Unknown


Region Akamai Limelight
North America Unknown 16
Latin America Unknown 5
Europe Unknown 12
Russia & CIS Unknown 0
Asia, excl China Unknown 9
China Unknown 0
Oceania Unknown 1
Middle-East Unknown 5
Africa Unknown 0


Pricing & contract duration Akamai Limelight
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown


Web acceleration Akamai Limelight
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 Partially
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 Not available/supported Non-Anycasted network
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
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 Unknown
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Unknown Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Available/supported
Cache control - client caching Unknown Available/supported
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Available/supported Instant
Purge - capabilities Unknown Partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Unknown Available/supported
Log files Unknown Extra costs
API Unknown Partially Purge, analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai Limelight
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Unknown Not available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown Unknown
Token authentication Unknown Available/supported
Geo blocking Unknown Unknown
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 Limelight
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Unknown Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support