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Fastly versus Gcore

Easily compare Fastly and Gcore 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 Gcore
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. Gcore is a global CDN with a focus on gaming: "We expand the geographical presence of your game and speed up downloads for your players". Gcore is headquartered in Luxembourg and employs 400+ people.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Fastly Gcore
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Yes
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes
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 Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video on Demand Yes VoD
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Image Optimizer Sortof/partially
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Yes DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web application firewall Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Mitigation Yes DDoS Protection
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 Gcore
North America 17 15
Latin America 6 10
Europe 13 17
Russia & CIS 0 36
Asia excl. China 7 13
China 0 0
Oceania 6 2
Middle-East 1 10
Africa 2 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly Gcore
Minimum contract term None None
Minimum monthly costs $50 $25
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests First 1 billion free, more cost $0.0075/million
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB $0.025 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.19 per GB $0.025 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.28 per GB $0.025 per GB

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Fastly Gcore
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes Instant! Yes ~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 Sortof/partially Custom solution (host your DNS zone ...)
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! 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 Can be different from origin host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Also available as separate product (Media Shield) Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin No Unknown
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 Always Online
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant! Sortof/partially Purge Speed
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all and by key Yes Purge all, directory, and by file type/pattern
Analytics Yes Real-time! Yes Many metrics, real-time updates
Log files Yes Real-time streaming of logs to your server Extra costs Export logs to your storage. Logs are exported at the end of each hour.
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly Gcore
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 No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible. Yes Manage self in control panel
Token authentication Yes Enabling URL token validation Yes Secure Token
Geo blocking Yes Yes Country Access Policy
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Creating and using Edge Dictionaries Yes Referer Access Policy
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Authenticating before returning a request No
IP white/blacklisting Yes About Edge ACLs Yes IP Access Policy

Support

Customer support Fastly Gcore
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 Phone, chat and email support is free and available 24/7