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Fastly versus BelugaCDN

Easily compare Fastly and BelugaCDN 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 BelugaCDN
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. BelugaCDN launched their services in 2015 and is a pay-as-you-go, low-cost CDN provider. They have a full-featured IPv4+IPv6 network and POPs on 5 continents.

Products

Product Fastly BelugaCDN
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Not 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 Partially
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Available/supported Not available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Not available/supported Not available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Not available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Not available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Available/supported Extra costs

Network

Region Fastly BelugaCDN
North America 16 14
Latin America 3 1
Europe 6 3
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 6 5
China 0 0
Oceania 6 1
Middle-East 1 0
Africa 2 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly BelugaCDN
Minimum contract term None None
Minimum monthly costs $50 $5
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests 5000 requests per GB included. Overages $0.0035 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Same rates as CDN-to-client traffic None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB $0.01 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.19 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.28 per GB Unknown

Features

Web acceleration Fastly BelugaCDN
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Available/supported Instant! Partially Often instant, sometimes a few minutes
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 Partially Global Anycasted IP available, but Beluga recommends against it
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported IPv6 at Fastly Available/supported
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin or compress on edge. Brotli!
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Compress on the fly
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 Available/supported
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Extra costs Available upon request
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Extra costs Available upon request
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported Honor origin sent headers or configure overrides
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support Not available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant! Available/supported Instant
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge all and by key Partially Purge all and purge using regex
Analytics Available/supported Real-time! Available/supported All metrics are aggregated every 10 seconds, exported in real-time
Log files Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server Extra costs Real-time export to Elastic Search or Redis. FTP.
tooltip 10 million requests/month free, $0.50/million events exported overage
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly BelugaCDN
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free Not available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible. Available/supported Free (SNI)
tooltip TLS support includes full TLS Dynamic Record Sizing and ECDSA support per Q1 2017
Token authentication Available/supported Enabling URL token validation Available/supported
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Creating and using Edge Dictionaries Available/supported
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Available/supported Authenticating before returning a request Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported About Edge ACLs Available/supported

Support

Customer support Fastly BelugaCDN
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Available/supported Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available Available/supported Basic support (setup & troubleshooting: M-F, 9AM-5PM EST) is included for all accounts. Platinum (monthly spend more than $500) accounts receive priority. Enterprise customers receive phone support (w/ custom SLA).