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Fastly versus CacheFly

Easily compare Fastly and CacheFly 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 CacheFly
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. Launched in 2002, CacheFly developed the world's first TCP-anycast based content delivery network. CacheFly has a focus on optimizing the CDN for throughput and has steadily built out the network to now have ~40 POPs on 6 continents.

Products

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Product Fastly CacheFly
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 Web and Mobile App Delivery
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Software Distribution
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Yes Video & IPTV Delivery (no RTMP)
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video on Demand Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Yes Image Optimizer No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No
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 Yes Edge Applications

Network

Region Fastly CacheFly
North America 17 14
Latin America 6 7
Europe 13 14
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia excl. China 7 7
China 0 2
Oceania 6 3
Middle-East 1 4
Africa 2 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly CacheFly
Minimum contract term None 1 month
Minimum monthly costs $50 $500
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 None None
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

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Web acceleration Fastly CacheFly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes Instant! Unknown
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 Yes Global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes IPv6 at Fastly Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge. Brotli! Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS Yes HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible. Can't use an IP address.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Can be different from origin host Yes Set specific Host header value or forward value from client to edge request
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin No Extra costs FTP, SFTP, SCP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Origin headers are forwarded to client
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Cache-Control extensions support No
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant! Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all and by key Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Real-time! Yes Near real-time, lots of metrics
Log files Yes Real-time streaming of logs to your server Yes FTP, SCP, rsync
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge and analytics, not for configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly CacheFly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free for first 5 domains, $20 per additional domain Yes Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain Extra costs Custom pricing for each customer
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible. No
Token authentication Yes Enabling URL token validation Yes
Geo blocking Yes No
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Creating and using Edge Dictionaries Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Authenticating before returning a request No
IP white/blacklisting Yes About Edge ACLs No

Support

Customer support Fastly CacheFly
Documentation Yes Yes, public Yes Yes, public
Humans Yes Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support