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Fastly versus Tata Communications

Easily compare Fastly and Tata Communications 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 Tata Communications
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. Tata Communications is a full service, carrier grade, global CDN that has been in operation since their acquisition of BitGravity in 2012. The CDN rides on Tata’s global infrastructure which is the largest Tier 1 network in the world. Tata’s ownership of the network and peering relationships enable it to be very competitive when it comes to price.

Products

Product Fastly Tata Communications
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 Not available/supported

Network

Region Fastly Tata Communications
North America 16 8
Latin America 3 0
Europe 6 4
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 6 10
China 0 0
Oceania 6 1
Middle-East 1 1
Africa 2 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Fastly Tata Communications
Minimum contract term None Unknown
Minimum monthly costs $50 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests Unknown
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 Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.19 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.28 per GB Unknown

Features

Web acceleration Fastly Tata Communications
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 <10 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 Available/supported Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported End of 2017
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!
tooltip
Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
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 Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
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 Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support Partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant! Available/supported No longer than 2 mins, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge all and by key Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Available/supported Real-time! Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Log files Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection Fastly Tata Communications
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 Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert possible. Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Token authentication Available/supported Enabling URL token validation Extra costs
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Creating and using Edge Dictionaries Available/supported Their support team is needed
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 White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI

Support

Customer support Fastly Tata Communications
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public Partially Some documentation, 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.