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Limelight versus CloudFront

Easily compare Limelight and CloudFront 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 Limelight CloudFront
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. CloudFront is the CDN of AWS (Amazon Web Services), the world's largest cloud services provider. CloudFront offers a mature set of content delivery products and has a big network of POPs on many continents. Solid documentation and APIs make CloudFront a developer-friendly CDN.


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Product Limelight CloudFront
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Web Acceleration Services Yes Dynamic Content Delivery
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 Yes Streaming Media
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video Delivery Services Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Extra costs Image Optimization No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Services Yes AWS Route53
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall Yes AWS WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Attack Interceptor Yes AWS Shield
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Global Private CDN No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Network-Enhanced Edge Compute Yes Lambda@Edge


Region Limelight CloudFront
North America 20 24
Latin America 9 6
Europe 15 27
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 16 15
China 10 4
Oceania 3 4
Middle-East 9 4
Africa 3 3


Pricing & contract duration Limelight CloudFront
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service None
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None $0.0075 - $0.022 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes $0.02 - $0.16 per GB (free if origin is AWS)
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.085 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.12 per GB (India: $0.109)
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.11 per GB


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Web acceleration Limelight CloudFront
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 ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s):// Extra costs Alias support optional Sortof/partially Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 Yes Yes HTTP/2 announcement (Sep 2016)
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016)
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip CloudFront can compress many content types on the edge and supports Brotli
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Match protocol
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
Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Self-service control Extra costs Origin Shield docs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API No
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Unknown
Cache control - client caching Yes Unknown
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Yes Yes Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Sortof/partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight CloudFront
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Yes Free. SNI Yes Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Yes Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Yes IP access control by Geo and IP Yes Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable No
IP white/blacklisting Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses


Customer support Limelight CloudFront
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public. 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. Extra costs Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs