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Fastly versus CDNetworks

Easily compare Fastly and CDNetworks 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 CDNetworks
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. Founded in 2000, CDNetworks has been in the content delivery space longer than most other CDNs. CDNetworks always had, and still has, a strong focus on emerging markets like Brazil and Russia. CDNetworks has a wide range of content delivery/acceleration and security products.

Products

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

Network

Region Fastly CDNetworks
North America 17 11
Latin America 6 7
Europe 13 13
Russia & CIS 0 17
Asia excl. China 7 20
China 0 20
Oceania 6 1
Middle-East 1 9
Africa 2 4

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly CDNetworks
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 None 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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Fastly CDNetworks
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes Instant! Sortof/partially ~ 15 minutes
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 Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 Yes No
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
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Can be different from origin host Yes Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Also available as separate product (Media Shield) Extra costs Multiple POPs can act as shield
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin No Extra costs
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control Yes Full and granular control
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 Completion time is 5 - 10 minutes
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all and by key Yes Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension
Analytics Yes Real-time! Yes
Log files Yes Real-time streaming of logs to your server Yes
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly CDNetworks
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free for first 5 domains, $20 per additional domain No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible. Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Enabling URL token validation Yes
Geo blocking Yes Yes
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 Yes
IP white/blacklisting Yes About Edge ACLs Yes

Support

Customer support Fastly CDNetworks
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not 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