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Gcore versus Fastly

Easily compare Gcore and Fastly 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 Gcore Fastly
Short profile Gcore is a global CDN with a focus on gaming: "We expand the geographical presence of your game and speed up downloads for your players". Gcore is headquartered in Luxembourg and employs 400+ people. 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.


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Product Gcore Fastly
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Yes
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Live Streaming Yes
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes VoD Yes Video on Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Sortof/partially Yes Image Optimizer
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes DNS No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes Web application firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Protection Yes DDoS Mitigation
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes Fastly Managed CDN
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers No Unknown Compute@Edge


Region Gcore Fastly
North America 15 17
Latin America 10 6
Europe 17 13
Russia & CIS 36 0
Asia excl. China 13 7
China 0 0
Oceania 2 6
Middle-East 10 1
Africa 3 2


Pricing & contract duration Gcore Fastly
Minimum contract term None None
Minimum monthly costs $25 $50
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests First 1 billion free, more cost $0.0075/million $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB $0.12 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB $0.19 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB $0.28 per GB


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Web acceleration Gcore Fastly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes ~15 minutes Yes Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s):// Sortof/partially Custom solution (host your DNS zone ...) Yes Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes IPv6 at Fastly
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge. Brotli!
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS Yes HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Can be different from origin host Yes Can be different from origin host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Yes Also available as separate product (Media Shield)
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown No
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Origin or CDN controlled Yes Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Yes Origin or CDN controlled Yes Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Always Online Yes Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially Purge Speed Yes Instant!
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all, directory, and by file type/pattern Yes Purge all and by key
Analytics Yes Many metrics, real-time updates Yes Real-time!
Log files Extra costs Export logs to your storage. Logs are exported at the end of each hour. Yes Real-time streaming of logs to your server
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Gcore Fastly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Yes Yes Free for first 5 domains, $20 per additional domain
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate No Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Manage self in control panel Extra costs EV cert possible.
Token authentication Yes Secure Token Yes Enabling URL token validation
Geo blocking Yes Country Access Policy Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Referer Access Policy Yes Creating and using Edge Dictionaries
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Yes Authenticating before returning a request
IP white/blacklisting Yes IP Access Policy Yes About Edge ACLs


Customer support Gcore Fastly
Documentation Yes Yes, public Yes Yes, public
Humans Yes Phone, chat and email support is free and available 24/7 Yes Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available