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Fastly versus StackPath

Easily compare Fastly and StackPath 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 StackPath
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. StackPath launched in 2016 and is built on top of the Highwinds and MaxCDN platforms. StackPath promises global, high performance content delivery + top notch security (integrated web application firewall and DDoS mitigation) while keeping things simple, transparent and affordable. StackPath is developer-friendly with 24/7/365 support and a fully-documented API.

Products

Product Fastly StackPath
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Partially
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 Partially
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Available/supported Not available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Partially
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 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 StackPath
North America 16 10
Latin America 3 1
Europe 6 7
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 6 3
China 0 0
Oceania 6 1
Middle-East 1 0
Africa 2 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly StackPath
Minimum contract term None One month
Minimum monthly costs $50 $20
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 Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB $0.06 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.19 per GB $0.06 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.28 per GB $0.06 per GB

Features

Web acceleration Fastly StackPath
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 Not available/supported
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
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Available/supported Can be different from origin host Available/supported
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported Full and granular control with EdgeRules
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported Full and granular control with EdgeRules
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 Partially Purge all
Analytics Available/supported Real-time! Available/supported Real-time!
Log files Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server Available/supported Only for larger volume plans
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly StackPath
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 Available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible. Available/supported Free. SNI
Token authentication Available/supported Enabling URL token validation 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
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported About Edge ACLs Available/supported

Support

Customer support Fastly StackPath
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 24/7 phone and email support included in all plans. Higher volume plans get a dedicated technical account manager