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Fastly versus Incapsula

Easily compare Fastly and Incapsula 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 Incapsula
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. Incapsula launched in 2009 and is a security-first CDN, with DDoS mitigation and Web Application Firewall services, as well as CDN-acceleration features like dynamic content caching & smart content optimization. Incapsula comes integrated with load balancing and failover solutions.

Products

Product Fastly Incapsula
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 Not available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Not available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Not available/supported Partially
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 Incapsula
North America 16 10
Latin America 3 1
Europe 6 9
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia, excl China 6 4
China 0 0
Oceania 6 3
Middle-East 1 1
Africa 2 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly Incapsula
Minimum contract term None 1 month
Minimum monthly costs $50 $0
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests None
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 No volume charge
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.19 per GB No volume charge
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.28 per GB No volume charge

Features

Web acceleration Fastly Incapsula
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Available/supported Instant! Available/supported Instant
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 Available/supported Anycasted network (regional)
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported FAQ
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 edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
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Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Available/supported Can be different from origin host Available/supported Can configure specific other Host header.
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Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported Granular control/override rules possible
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported Granular control/override rules possible
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support Partially
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 Available/supported Purge all, by directory, by file extension
Analytics Available/supported Real-time! Available/supported Real time perf and security events dashboard
Log files Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server Available/supported Available via UI, API, or full SIEM integration
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API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly Incapsula
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free Available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain Available/supported Not in Free plan. Included in all other plans
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible. Available/supported Included in Business and Enterprise plans
Token authentication Available/supported Enabling URL token validation Not 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 Available/supported Two Factor Authentication
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported About Edge ACLs Available/supported IP address/ranges/subnets, self-service in UI

Support

Customer support Fastly Incapsula
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 Free plan has community support, all paid plans offer email support, Enterprise gets 24/7 phone support