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Limelight versus Verizon Media

Easily compare Limelight and Verizon Media 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 Verizon Media
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. The Verizon Media Platform is a division of Verizon. In 2013, Verizon acquired EdgeCast's Content Delivery Network (CDN) along with upLynk's video workflow technology to create a next-generation platform. This platform streamlines the streaming video workflow including encoding, SSAI and delivery, plus accelerates and secures websites and content for broadcasters, retailers and enterprises.

Products

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
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  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Limelight Verizon Media
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Web Acceleration Services Yes Network
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Content Delivery Services Yes Network
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Content Delivery Services Yes Network
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Realtime and Live Streaming Yes Live Events
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video Delivery Services Yes Encode
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Extra costs Image Optimization optional Yes Dynamic Imaging
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Services Yes 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
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 Edge Compute
tooltip Rules and Lua scripting

Network

Region Limelight Verizon Media
North America 20 18
Latin America 9 13
Europe 15 15
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 16 12
China 10 100
Oceania 3 3
Middle-East 9 3
Africa 3 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight Verizon Media
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

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  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
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Web acceleration Limelight Verizon Media
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Sortof/partially Available through Microsoft Azure
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially A few minutes Yes A few 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 Yes Anycasted network (regional)
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 Configure specific other Host header
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Self-service control Extra costs Single POP shield or multiple. Full control
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API Extra costs Origin Storage
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 Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes No longer than 1 min, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Yes Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension
Analytics Yes Yes Real-time, with many metrics in the UI
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Yes < 60 seconds
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight Verizon Media
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 Extra costs Non-SNI. Pricing is custom. Wildcard possible
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs Pricing is custom
Token authentication Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes Included as core feature
Geo blocking Yes IP access control by Geo and IP Yes Included as core feature
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes Included as core feature
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Extra costs Supported via special configuration
IP white/blacklisting Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes Included as core feature

Support

Customer support Limelight Verizon Media
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 All customers get 24/7 email and phone support.