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Level 3 versus Fastly

Easily compare Level 3 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 Level 3 Fastly
Short profile Level 3 owns and operates a global Tier-1 network and - logically - their CDN runs on top of it. Level 3 CDN has POPs on all continents and their product focus is on video and large object delivery. Level 3 CDN is part of the Google Cloud CDN Interconnect. 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 Level 3 Fastly
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Not 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? Available/supported Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Not available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Not available/supported Not available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Not available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Available/supported

Network

Region Level 3 Fastly
North America 30 16
Latin America 9 3
Europe 38 6
Russia & CIS 4 0
Asia, excl China 8 6
China 0 0
Oceania 1 6
Middle-East 5 1
Africa 4 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Level 3 Fastly
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $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) Unknown $0.12 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.19 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.28 per GB

Features

Web acceleration Level 3 Fastly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Available/supported Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Not available/supported No global Anycast Available/supported Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/2 Not available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Available/supported IPv6 at Fastly
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin 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 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 Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Partially Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Partially Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Unknown Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant Available/supported Instant!
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Available/supported Purge all and by key
Analytics Available/supported Available/supported Real-time!
Log files Available/supported
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Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server
API Partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Level 3 Fastly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Not available/supported Available/supported Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs EV cert possible.
Token authentication Extra costs Available/supported Enabling URL token validation
Geo blocking Extra costs Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Available/supported Creating and using Edge Dictionaries
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Available/supported Authenticating before returning a request
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Available/supported About Edge ACLs

Support

Customer support Level 3 Fastly
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Available/supported Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available