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Fastly versus Akamai

Easily compare Fastly and Akamai 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 Akamai
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. 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.

Products

Product Fastly Akamai
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 Available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Not available/supported 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 Available/supported Unknown

Network

Region Fastly Akamai
North America 16 Unknown
Latin America 3 Unknown
Europe 6 Unknown
Russia & CIS 0 Unknown
Asia, excl China 6 Unknown
China 0 Unknown
Oceania 6 Unknown
Middle-East 1 Unknown
Africa 2 Unknown

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly Akamai
Minimum contract term None 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $50 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Same rates as CDN-to-client traffic Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.19 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.28 per GB Unknown

Features

Web acceleration Fastly Akamai
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Available/supported Instant! Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Available/supported Global anycast IPs are available Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported IPv6 at Fastly Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin or compress on edge. Brotli!
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Resend from origin, or compress on edge
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 Can be different from origin host Unknown
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Unknown
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant! Unknown
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge all and by key Unknown
Analytics Available/supported Real-time! Unknown
Log files Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server Unknown
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly Akamai
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible. Unknown
Token authentication Available/supported Enabling URL token validation Unknown
Geo blocking Available/supported Unknown
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Creating and using Edge Dictionaries Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Available/supported Authenticating before returning a request Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported About Edge ACLs Unknown

Support

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