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Limelight versus Tencent Cloud

Easily compare Limelight and Tencent Cloud 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 Tencent Cloud
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. Tencent Cloud is a leading global CDN that has resources distributed in 50+ countries and the highest service volume of all CDNs in Asia. It has a massive network with 1,100+ nodes in mainland China, extending beyond major ISPs to more than a dozen local providers.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Limelight Tencent Cloud
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Web Acceleration Services Yes ECDN (Enterprise CDN)
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Content Delivery Services Yes CDN
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Content Delivery Services Yes CDN
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Realtime and Live Streaming Yes LVB (Live Video Broadcast )
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video Delivery Services Yes VOD
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Extra costs Image Optimization No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Services Yes DNSpod
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Attack Interceptor Yes Anti-DDoS Advanced
tooltip Anti-DDoS Pro also available
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Global Private CDN No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Network-Enhanced Edge Compute Sortof/partially Serverless Cloud Function
Origin StorageReduce load on origin. Faster cache miss responses. Yes Origin Storage Yes Cloud Object Storage

Network

Region Limelight Tencent Cloud
North America 20 11
Latin America 9 2
Europe 15 6
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia excl. China 16 21
China 10 1100
Oceania 3 1
Middle-East 9 4
Africa 3 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight Tencent Cloud
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service None
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 $0.045 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.067 - $0.09 per GB (varies per region)
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive $0.11 per GB

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Limelight Tencent Cloud
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Yes Self-service, credit card required
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially A few minutes Sortof/partially 5 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 Use DNSPod for DNS
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Unknown
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
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Match protocol
Yes HTTP, HTTPS, match protocol
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 IP address or hostname
tooltip Can be same host as in client-to-CDN requests
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Self-service control Sortof/partially Custom implementation by Tencent DevOps team
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API Yes Cloud Object Storage with free tier. Upload in the portal or via API
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Sortof/partially Serve stale if origin sends 5xx
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Sortof/partially 5 minutes
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory
Analytics Yes Yes Many metrics available in console and via API
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Yes W3C formatted. Available for download in console and via API. Log roll period and delay depends on traffic volume.
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Yes Purge, configuration, analytics, logs
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight Tencent Cloud
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 Yes SNI. First 20 DV certs are free. Wildcard allowed
tooltip TrustAsia is the Certificate Authority
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Yes SNI and free. Wildcard allowed.
Token authentication Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes 4 types of token/URL signing available
Geo blocking Yes IP access control by Geo and IP Sortof/partially Not self-service, support is needed
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes Based on Referrer or IP address
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable No
IP white/blacklisting Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes Console and API. Block/allow individual IPs and IP ranges

Support

Customer support Limelight Tencent Cloud
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Good, extensive and public documentation
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 support via the console. Multiple VIP support packages are available