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Limelight versus Tata Communications

Easily compare Limelight and Tata Communications 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 Tata Communications
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. Tata Communications is a full service, carrier grade, global CDN that has been in operation since their acquisition of BitGravity in 2012. The CDN rides on Tata’s global infrastructure which is the largest Tier 1 network in the world. Tata’s ownership of the network and peering relationships enable it to be very competitive when it comes to price.

Products

Product Limelight Tata Communications
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 Not available/supported

Network

Region Limelight Tata Communications
North America 16 8
Latin America 6 0
Europe 12 4
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 10 10
China 0 0
Oceania 1 1
Middle-East 4 1
Africa 1 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight Tata Communications
Minimum contract term 12 months Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes Unknown
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 Tata Communications
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 <10 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 Available/supported Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
HTTP/2 Available/supported Not available/supported End of 2017
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin or compress on edge Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
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 Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
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 Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported Partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant Available/supported No longer than 2 mins, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Available/supported Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Available/supported Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight Tata Communications
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 Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Token authentication Available/supported MediaVault. Highly customizable Extra costs
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 Their support team is needed
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 White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI

Support

Customer support Limelight Tata Communications
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Some documentation, 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 24/7 email and phone support.