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Fastly versus Limelight

Easily compare Fastly and Limelight 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 Limelight
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. Limelight (NASDAQ: LLNW) has been a strong player in the CDN market since 2001. Limelight has a large, high-capacity network with POPs on many continents and offers digital content delivery, live and on-demand video, cloud security and edge computing services.

Products

Product Fastly Limelight
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 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 Available/supported
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 Available/supported

Network

Region Fastly Limelight
North America 16 16
Latin America 3 6
Europe 6 12
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 6 10
China 0 0
Oceania 6 1
Middle-East 1 4
Africa 2 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly Limelight
Minimum contract term None 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $50 Varies by product and service
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 Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB Confidential, market competitive
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.19 per GB Confidential, market competitive
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.28 per GB Confidential, market competitive

Features

Web acceleration Fastly Limelight
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Available/supported Instant! Partially A few minutes
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 Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
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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Resend from origin or compress on 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 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 Available/supported Available/supported Self-service control
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support Available/supported
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 by path, all, pattern, wildcard.
Analytics Available/supported Real-time! Available/supported
Log files Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly Limelight
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free Available/supported Free. SNI
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 Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported IP access control by Geo and IP
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Creating and using Edge Dictionaries Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Available/supported Authenticating before returning a request Not available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported About Edge ACLs Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable

Support

Customer support Fastly Limelight
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. Customers who purchase Advanced Services have access to a designated Limelight Advanced Services team member.