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Limelight versus BelugaCDN

Easily compare Limelight and BelugaCDN 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 BelugaCDN
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. BelugaCDN launched their services in 2015 and is a pay-as-you-go, low-cost CDN provider. They have a full-featured IPv4+IPv6 network and POPs on 5 continents.

Products

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Limelight BelugaCDN
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
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 Sortof/partially Only delivery of the HTTP video streams, no transcoding or transmuxing
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video Delivery Services Yes Pseudo-streaming (progressive streaming), byte range requests support
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Extra costs Image Optimization optional No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Services No
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 Yes Available upon request. Extra costs apply
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Network-Enhanced Edge Compute Unknown

Network

Region Limelight BelugaCDN
North America 20 13
Latin America 9 1
Europe 15 4
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 16 5
China 10 0
Oceania 3 1
Middle-East 9 0
Africa 3 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight BelugaCDN
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service $5
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None 5000 requests per GB included. Overages $0.0035 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.01 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Unknown

Features

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  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Limelight BelugaCDN
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 Often instant, sometimes a few minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs Alias support optional Sortof/partially Global Anycasted IP available, but Beluga recommends against it
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 Yes Compress on the fly
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Match protocol
Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
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
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Self-service control Extra costs Available upon request
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API Extra costs Available upon request
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes Honor origin sent headers or configure overrides
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes No
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Sortof/partially Purge all and purge using regex
Analytics Yes Yes All metrics are aggregated every 10 seconds, exported in real-time
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Extra costs Real-time export to Elastic Search or Redis. FTP.
tooltip 10 million requests/month free, $0.50/million events exported overage
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight BelugaCDN
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free. SNI No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Yes Free (SNI)
tooltip TLS support includes full TLS Dynamic Record Sizing and ECDSA support per Q1 2017
Token authentication Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes
Geo blocking Yes IP access control by Geo and IP Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable No
IP white/blacklisting Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes

Support

Customer support Limelight BelugaCDN
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public
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 Basic support (setup & troubleshooting: M-F, 9AM-5PM EST) is included for all accounts. Platinum (monthly spend more than $500) accounts receive priority. Enterprise customers receive phone support (w/ custom SLA).