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Fastly versus AdvancedHosting

Easily compare Fastly and AdvancedHosting 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 Fastly AdvancedHosting
Short profile 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. AdvancedHosting provides dedicated servers, cloud servers, cloud storage, CDN, AnycastDNS, DevOps as a Service and domain registration since 2002. The CDN has ~25 POPs on 4 continents, supporting delivery of video and static assets.

Products

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

Network

Region Fastly AdvancedHosting
North America 17 9
Latin America 6 2
Europe 13 9
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia excl. China 7 3
China 0 0
Oceania 6 0
Middle-East 1 0
Africa 2 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly AdvancedHosting
Minimum contract term None None
Minimum monthly costs $50 $0.01
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.19 per GB $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.28 per GB $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Fastly AdvancedHosting
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes Instant! Sortof/partially 2 to 3 minutes (video takes longer)
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Yes Global anycast IPs are available No
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes IPv6 at Fastly Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge. Brotli! Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS Yes HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Video: only pull over HTTP
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Can be different from origin host Yes Can be different from origin host
tooltip Video: only origin Host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Also available as separate product (Media Shield) Yes Free.
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin No Extra costs $25/TB
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Cache-Control extensions support Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant! Sortof/partially A few minutes
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all and by key Yes Purge specific files, purge all (not for VideoCDN)
Analytics Yes Real-time! Sortof/partially Cache hit ratio and error rate not yet available
Log files Yes Real-time streaming of logs to your server No Available on request (support ticket)
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly AdvancedHosting
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free for first 5 domains, $20 per additional domain Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain Sortof/partially Let's Encrypt with auto-renewal. CDN handles all.
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible. Yes Can be an EV certificate. Free.
Token authentication Yes Enabling URL token validation Yes Antihotlink protection
Geo blocking Yes Sortof/partially VideoCDN only
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Creating and using Edge Dictionaries Yes Set allow and/or block list.
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Authenticating before returning a request No
IP white/blacklisting Yes About Edge ACLs Sortof/partially VideoCDN only

Support

Customer support Fastly AdvancedHosting
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially API docs and VoD API docs
Humans Yes Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available Yes Ticket system, Skype and email support is free.