Skip to content

Limelight versus Incapsula

Easily compare Limelight and Incapsula for POP locations, products, pricing, features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these content delivery networks.

Limelight logo Incapsula logo

Company

Company Limelight Incapsula
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. Incapsula launched in 2009 and is a security-first CDN, with DDoS mitigation and Web Application Firewall services, as well as CDN-acceleration features like dynamic content caching & smart content optimization. Incapsula comes integrated with load balancing and failover solutions.

Products

Product Limelight Incapsula
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Available/supported
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 Not available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Not available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Not available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported Partially
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Available/supported Unknown

Network

Region Limelight Incapsula
North America 16 10
Latin America 6 1
Europe 12 9
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia, excl China 10 4
China 0 0
Oceania 1 3
Middle-East 4 1
Africa 1 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight Incapsula
Minimum contract term 12 months 1 month
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service $0
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 No volume charge
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive No volume charge
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive No volume charge

Features

Web acceleration Limelight Incapsula
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially A few minutes Available/supported Instant
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 Available/supported Anycasted network (regional)
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported FAQ
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported Available/supported
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin or compress on edge Compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Match protocol
Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Can be IP address
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 Can configure specific other Host header.
tooltip Forward client request Host header is possible
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Self-service control Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Available/supported Granular control/override rules possible
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Available/supported Granular control/override rules possible
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Partially
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant Available/supported Instant
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Available/supported Purge all, by directory, by file extension
Analytics Available/supported Available/supported Real time perf and security events dashboard
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Available/supported Available via UI, API, or full SIEM integration
tooltip Logs are not delayed
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight Incapsula
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free. SNI Available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Available/supported Not in Free plan. Included in all other plans
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Available/supported Included in Business and Enterprise plans
Token authentication Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable Not 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 Two Factor Authentication
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable Available/supported IP address/ranges/subnets, self-service in UI

Support

Customer support Limelight Incapsula
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Available/supported Yes, 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 Free plan has community support, all paid plans offer email support, Enterprise gets 24/7 phone support