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Incapsula versus Fastly

Easily compare Incapsula 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

Company Incapsula Fastly
Short profile Incapsula launched in 2009 and is a security-first CDN, with DDoS mitigation and Web Application Firewall services, as well as CDN-acceleration features like dynamic content caching & smart content optimization. Incapsula comes integrated with load balancing and failover solutions. 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.

Products

Product Incapsula Fastly
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? Not available/supported Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Not available/supported Available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Partially 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 Unknown Available/supported

Network

Region Incapsula Fastly
North America 10 16
Latin America 1 3
Europe 9 6
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia, excl China 4 6
China 0 0
Oceania 3 6
Middle-East 1 1
Africa 0 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Incapsula Fastly
Minimum contract term 1 month None
Minimum monthly costs $0 $50
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Same rates as CDN-to-client traffic
NA/EU traffic (low volume) No volume charge $0.12 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) No volume charge $0.19 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) No volume charge $0.28 per GB

Features

Web acceleration Incapsula Fastly
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 Anycasted network (regional) Available/supported Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/2 Available/supported FAQ Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported Available/supported IPv6 at Fastly
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Compress on the edge Resend from origin or compress on edge. Brotli!
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Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
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Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Available/supported Can configure specific other Host header.
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Available/supported Can be different from origin host
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Granular control/override rules possible Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Granular control/override rules possible Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Partially Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant Available/supported Instant!
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge all, by directory, by file extension Available/supported Purge all and by key
Analytics Available/supported Real time perf and security events dashboard Available/supported Real-time!
Log files Available/supported Available via UI, API, or full SIEM integration
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Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Incapsula Fastly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Available/supported Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Available/supported Not in Free plan. Included in all other plans Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Available/supported Included in Business and Enterprise plans Extra costs EV cert possible.
Token authentication Not available/supported Available/supported Enabling URL token validation
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Available/supported Creating and using Edge Dictionaries
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Available/supported Two Factor Authentication Available/supported Authenticating before returning a request
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported IP address/ranges/subnets, self-service in UI Available/supported About Edge ACLs

Support

Customer support Incapsula Fastly
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Available/supported Free plan has community support, all paid plans offer email support, Enterprise gets 24/7 phone support Available/supported Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available