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Limelight versus StackPath

Easily compare Limelight and StackPath 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 StackPath
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. StackPath launched in 2016 and is built on top of the Highwinds and MaxCDN platforms. StackPath promises global, high performance content delivery + top notch security (integrated web application firewall and DDoS mitigation) while keeping things simple, transparent and affordable. StackPath is developer-friendly with 24/7/365 support and a fully-documented API.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Limelight StackPath
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Web Acceleration Services Sortof/partially
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
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video Delivery Services Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Extra costs Image Optimization optional No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Services Yes Managed DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Attack Interceptor Yes DDoS Mitigation
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 Edge Compute

Network

Region Limelight StackPath
North America 20 14
Latin America 9 2
Europe 15 8
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 16 5
China 10 0
Oceania 3 2
Middle-East 9 0
Africa 3 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight StackPath
Minimum contract term 12 months One month
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service $10
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.03 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.03 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.03 per GB

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Limelight StackPath
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 Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs Alias support optional No
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
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Self-service control Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API Yes
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes Full and granular control with EdgeRules
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes Full and granular control with EdgeRules
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes
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
Analytics Yes Yes Real-time!
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Yes Only for larger volume plans
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight StackPath
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free. SNI Yes Free. SNI
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Yes Free. SNI
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 Yes
IP white/blacklisting Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes

Support

Customer support Limelight StackPath
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 24/7 phone and email support included in all plans. Higher volume plans get a dedicated technical account manager