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Limelight versus AdvancedHosting

Easily compare Limelight and AdvancedHosting 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 Limelight AdvancedHosting
Short profile Limelight (NASDAQ: LLNW) has been a strong player in the CDN market since 2001. Limelight has a large, high-capacity network with POPs on many continents and offers digital content delivery, live and on-demand video, cloud security and edge computing services. AdvancedHosting provides dedicated servers, cloud servers, cloud storage, CDN, AnycastDNS, DevOps as a Service and domain registration since 2002. The CDN has ~25 POPs on 4 continents, supporting delivery of video and static assets.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Limelight AdvancedHosting
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Web Acceleration Services No
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Content Delivery Services Yes CDN for Static Content
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Content Delivery Services Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Realtime and Live Streaming Yes CDN for Video
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video Delivery Services Yes CDN for Video
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Extra costs Image Optimization optional No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Services Yes Anycast DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Attack Interceptor No
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Global Private CDN No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Network-Enhanced Edge Compute No

Network

Region Limelight AdvancedHosting
North America 20 9
Latin America 9 2
Europe 15 9
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia excl. China 16 3
China 10 0
Oceania 3 0
Middle-East 9 0
Africa 3 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight AdvancedHosting
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service $0.01
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Limelight AdvancedHosting
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially A few minutes Sortof/partially 2 to 3 minutes (video takes longer)
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs Alias support optional No
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Match protocol
Yes HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Video: only pull over HTTP
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Yes Can be different from origin host
tooltip Video: only origin Host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Self-service control Yes Free.
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API Extra costs $25/TB
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Sortof/partially A few minutes
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Yes Purge specific files, purge all (not for VideoCDN)
Analytics Yes Sortof/partially Cache hit ratio and error rate not yet available
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
No Available on request (support ticket)
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight AdvancedHosting
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free. SNI Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Sortof/partially Let's Encrypt with auto-renewal. CDN handles all.
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Yes Can be an EV certificate. Free.
Token authentication Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes Antihotlink protection
Geo blocking Yes IP access control by Geo and IP Sortof/partially VideoCDN only
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes Set allow and/or block list.
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable No
IP white/blacklisting Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Sortof/partially VideoCDN only

Support

Customer support Limelight AdvancedHosting
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially API docs and VoD API docs
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Customers who purchase Advanced Services have access to a designated Limelight Advanced Services team member. Yes Ticket system, Skype and email support is free.