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EdgeNext versus Fastly

Easily compare EdgeNext 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 EdgeNext Fastly
Short profile EdgeNext is a leading provider of edge cloud services specializing in China, APAC, MEA and global cloud delivery. As the only service provider with extensive POPs in China to be recognized by Gartner as possessing 'global' network capabilities, EdgeNext is one of the fastest-growing companies in the CDN space. 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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Extra costs
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Product EdgeNext Fastly
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Dynamic Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Cloud Delivery
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Cloud Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Streaming Video on Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Image Optimizer
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Global, including China
WAFWeb Application Firewall Part of the Security CDN Web application firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Part of the Security CDN DDoS Mitigation
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Fastly Managed CDN
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Compute@Edge

Network

How many POP locations do EdgeNext and Fastly have in different parts of the world?

Region EdgeNext Fastly
North America 29 25
Latin America 7 8
Europe 16 20
Russia & CIS 2 0
Asia excl. China 35 13
China 1100 0
Oceania 1 8
Middle-East 16 1
Africa 4 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration EdgeNext Fastly
Minimum contract term None for self-service customers None
Minimum monthly costs None for self-service customers $50
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None 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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Sort of/partially
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Web acceleration EdgeNext Fastly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Self-service create account and configure account (EdgeNext to approve account)
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? <5 minutes Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/2
WebSockets 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
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
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? Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
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)
Waiting RoomDuring peak traffic, route users to a virtual waiting room Stateful waiting room with Compute@Edge
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Upload in the portal or via API
Cache control - CDN caching Full and granular control Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Full and granular control 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 Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Instant Instant!
Purge - capabilities Purge all, purge by directory, soft purge Purge all and by key
Analytics Many metrics in the UI Real-time!
Log files Available for download in Portal or via API. Format can be customized. Real-time streaming of logs to your server
API Purge, configuration, analytics, logs Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection EdgeNext 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 SNI. Pricing is custom. $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Pricing is custom EV cert possible.
Token authentication Not self-service, support is needed Enabling URL token validation
Geo blocking Not self-service, support is needed
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Self-service Creating and using Edge Dictionaries
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Self-service Authenticating before returning a request
IP white/blacklisting Self-service About Edge ACLs

Support

Customer support EdgeNext Fastly
Documentation Good documentation but not public Yes, public
Humans 24/7 email support and phone support. Multiple support packages are available Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available