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Limelight versus SwiftServe

Easily compare Limelight and SwiftServe 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 SwiftServe
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. SwiftServe CDN, operated by Conversant, has a strong POP presence in Asia and especially Indonesia. Their services include web acceleration, file download optimisation, video on demand (VoD) and live streaming. Conversant operates the largest CDN Federation in Asia.

Products

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

Network

Region Limelight SwiftServe
North America 16 2
Latin America 6 0
Europe 12 1
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 10 20
China 0 1
Oceania 1 0
Middle-East 4 0
Africa 1 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight SwiftServe
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service Unknown
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 Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Unknown

Features

Web acceleration Limelight SwiftServe
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Not available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially A few minutes Partially 15 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
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported Not available/supported
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin or compress on edge Resend from origin or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Match protocol
Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
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
Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Self-service control Not available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API Partially FTP or upload in portal. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Available/supported Set override caching rules. Per file type.
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 Not available/supported
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant Available/supported Up to 15 minutes
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Partially Purge file, all and by directory
Analytics Available/supported Partially Updated daily or hourly (premium)
tooltip No metrics per config/zone
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Extra costs Logs are daily
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight SwiftServe
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free. SNI Not available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Not available/supported
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 Not available/supported
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable Available/supported

Support

Customer support Limelight SwiftServe
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Yes, but not 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 email support. 24/7 phone support is available (costs extra)