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Limelight versus Gcore

Easily compare Limelight and Gcore 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 Gcore
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. Gcore is a global CDN with a focus on gaming: "We expand the geographical presence of your game and speed up downloads for your players". Gcore is headquartered in Luxembourg and employs 400+ people.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Limelight Gcore
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Web Acceleration Services Yes
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 Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video Delivery Services Yes VoD
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Extra costs Image Optimization Sortof/partially
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Services Yes DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Attack Interceptor Yes DDoS Protection
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 Gcore
North America 20 15
Latin America 9 10
Europe 15 17
Russia & CIS 0 36
Asia excl. China 16 13
China 10 0
Oceania 3 2
Middle-East 9 10
Africa 3 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight Gcore
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service $25
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None First 1 billion free, more cost $0.0075/million
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.025 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.025 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.025 per GB

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Limelight Gcore
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially A few minutes Yes ~15 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 Custom solution (host your DNS zone ...)
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 Resend from origin, or compress on edge
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 Can be different from origin host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Self-service control Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API Unknown
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 Always Online
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Sortof/partially Purge Speed
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Yes Purge all, directory, and by file type/pattern
Analytics Yes Yes Many metrics, real-time updates
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Extra costs Export logs to your storage. Logs are exported at the end of each hour.
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight Gcore
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 No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Yes Manage self in control panel
Token authentication Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes Secure Token
Geo blocking Yes IP access control by Geo and IP Yes Country Access Policy
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes Referer Access Policy
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable No
IP white/blacklisting Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes IP Access Policy

Support

Customer support Limelight Gcore
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 Phone, chat and email support is free and available 24/7