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Limelight versus CDNvideo

Easily compare Limelight and CDNvideo 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 CDNvideo
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. CDNvideo is a global CDN provider with a wide network of servers located on five continents and a part of Wangsu group owning the second largest CDN in the world (>86K servers + bandwidth of 42 TB/sec). Their specialties are live streaming, VoD, HTTP caching, transcoding and website acceleration. CDNvideo has developed an unlimited cloud storage and an HTML5 player enabling P2P streaming and 360-degree video demonstration.

Products

Product Limelight CDNvideo
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Unknown
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 Not available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported Unknown
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Unknown
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Unknown
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Available/supported Unknown

Network

Region Limelight CDNvideo
North America 16 13
Latin America 6 7
Europe 12 11
Russia & CIS 0 37
Asia, excl China 10 23
China 0 100
Oceania 1 4
Middle-East 4 8
Africa 1 7

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight CDNvideo
Minimum contract term 12 months 1 month
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service $50
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.05
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.05
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.05

Features

Web acceleration Limelight CDNvideo
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Available/supported 5 minutes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially A few minutes Partially 5 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Not available/supported Non-Anycasted network Not available/supported Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin or compress on edge Resend from origin
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Match protocol
Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip IP address as origin is possible
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Available/supported Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Available/supported Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Self-service control Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API Extra costs Upload via web interface. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Available/supported
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Available/supported
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant Partially Purging takes a few minutes
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Available/supported Partially 1-5 minutes delay
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Partially Download from the UI
tooltip Logs are ~ 30 minutes delayed
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Available/supported Purge, analytics and configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight CDNvideo
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free. SNI Available/supported Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Available/supported Free
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs
Token authentication Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable Available/supported
Geo blocking Available/supported IP access control by Geo and IP Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable Available/supported
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable Available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable Available/supported

Support

Customer support Limelight CDNvideo
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Yes, the Starters Guide is available to the public
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Customers who purchase Advanced Services have access to a designated Limelight Advanced Services team member. Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email, Skype and phone support