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Fastly versus SwiftServe

Easily compare Fastly and SwiftServe 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 SwiftServe
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. SwiftServe CDN, operated by Conversant, has a strong POP presence in Asia and especially Indonesia. Their services include web acceleration, file download optimisation, video on demand (VoD) and live streaming. Conversant operates the largest CDN Federation in Asia.

Products

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

Network

Region Fastly SwiftServe
North America 16 2
Latin America 3 0
Europe 6 1
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 6 20
China 0 1
Oceania 6 0
Middle-East 1 0
Africa 2 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly SwiftServe
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 SwiftServe
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Not available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Available/supported Instant! Partially 15 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
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported IPv6 at Fastly Not 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 Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Not available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Partially FTP or upload in portal. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported Set override caching rules. Per file type.
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 Not available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant! Available/supported Up to 15 minutes
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge all and by key Partially Purge file, all and by directory
Analytics Available/supported Real-time! Partially Updated daily or hourly (premium)
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Log files Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server Extra costs Logs are daily
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly SwiftServe
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. Not available/supported
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 Not available/supported
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Available/supported Authenticating before returning a request Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported About Edge ACLs Available/supported

Support

Customer support Fastly SwiftServe
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 email support. 24/7 phone support is available (costs extra)