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Verizon Digital Media Services versus Fastly

Easily compare Verizon Digital Media Services 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 Verizon Digital Media Services Fastly
Short profile Verizon Digital Media Services is a division of Verizon. Founded in 2011, VDMS acquired EdgeCast CDN in 2013 and startup upLynk for their streaming video technology. VDMS has a focus on streaming video and a goal to be a leading provider of OTT services. 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

Product Verizon Digital Media Services Fastly
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Available/supported
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Available/supported Available/supported
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Available/supported Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Available/supported Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Not available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported Not available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Available/supported

Network

Region Verizon Digital Media Services Fastly
North America 12 14
Latin America 7 1
Europe 11 6
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 12 4
China 2 0
Oceania 3 6
Middle-East 1 1
Africa 0 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Verizon Digital Media Services 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

Features

Web acceleration Verizon Digital Media Services 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? Partially 60 - 90 minutes Available/supported Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Available/supported Anycasted network (regional) Available/supported Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/2 Not available/supported Q2 2017 Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Available/supported IPv6 at Fastly
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend, or compress on edge
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
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? Available/supported Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Available/supported Can be different from origin host
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Single POP shield or multiple. Full control
tooltip Origin Shield is part of Basic Rules Engine
Available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported By default, CDN honors origin headers
tooltip Full and granular control is possible with Rules Engine ($)
Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Available/supported By default, CDN honors origin headers
tooltip Full and granular control is possible with Rules Engine ($)
Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Extra costs
tooltip Serve stale is part of Advanced Rules Engine
Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported No longer than 1 min, often much faster Available/supported Instant!
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension Available/supported Purge all and by key
Analytics Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip Custom reports ($) available
Available/supported Real-time!
Log files Partially Takes up to 24h to get all log entries Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server
API Partially Purge, configuration (basics only), analytics
tooltip No API yet for Rules Engine
Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Verizon Digital Media Services Fastly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Not available/supported Available/supported Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Non-SNI. Pricing is custom. Wildcard possible Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Pricing is custom Extra costs EV cert possible.
Token authentication Extra costs Requires Basic or Advanced Rules Engine Available/supported Enabling URL token validation
Geo blocking Extra costs Requires Basic or Advanced Rules Engine Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Extra costs Requires Basic or Advanced Rules Engine Available/supported Creating and using Edge Dictionaries
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Available/supported Authenticating before returning a request
IP white/blacklisting Extra costs Requires Basic or Advanced Rules Engine Available/supported About Edge ACLs

Support

Customer support Verizon Digital Media Services Fastly
Documentation Partially Good documentation but not public Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Available/supported Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available