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Fastly versus Level 3

Easily compare Fastly and Level 3 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 Level 3
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. Level 3 owns and operates a global Tier-1 network and - logically - their CDN runs on top of it. Level 3 CDN has POPs on all continents and their product focus is on video and large object delivery. Level 3 CDN is part of the Google Cloud CDN Interconnect.

Products

Product Fastly Level 3
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 Available/supported
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 Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Available/supported Not available/supported

Network

Region Fastly Level 3
North America 16 30
Latin America 3 9
Europe 6 38
Russia & CIS 0 4
Asia, excl China 6 8
China 0 0
Oceania 6 1
Middle-East 1 5
Africa 2 4

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly Level 3
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 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 Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.19 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.28 per GB Unknown

Features

Web acceleration Fastly Level 3
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Available/supported Instant! Unknown
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 Not available/supported No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported IPv6 at Fastly Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin or compress on edge. Brotli!
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Resend from origin
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 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 Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Partially
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Partially
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support Unknown
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 but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Available/supported Real-time! Available/supported
Log files Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server Available/supported
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API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly Level 3
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 Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible. Extra costs
Token authentication Available/supported Enabling URL token validation Extra costs
Geo blocking Available/supported Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Creating and using Edge Dictionaries Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Available/supported Authenticating before returning a request Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported About Edge ACLs Unknown

Support

Customer support Fastly Level 3
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public Partially Yes, but not public
Humans Available/supported Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support