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Medianova versus Limelight

Easily compare Medianova and Limelight 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 Medianova Limelight
Short profile Medianova is originally a Turkey CDN, but has grown to become a global player with a strong presence in the Middle-East and Europe. Medianova uses modern technologies like their patent pending Dockerized CDN Platform, BBR, Brotli and Anycast and offers a wide range of content delivery solutions from their 50+ data centers. 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.


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Product Medianova Limelight
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Site Acceleration Yes Web Acceleration Services
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Content Delivery and Optimization Yes Content Delivery Services
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Content Delivery Services
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Internet Live Streaming Yes Realtime and Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video on Demand Yes Video Delivery Services
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Image Optimization Extra costs Image Optimization
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Yes Managed DNS Services
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes Web Application Firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Yes DDoS Attack Interceptor
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Private CDN Yes Global Private CDN
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers No Yes Network-Enhanced Edge Compute
Origin StorageReduce load on origin. Faster cache miss responses. Extra costs Software Defined Storage Yes Origin Storage


Region Medianova Limelight
North America 9 20
Latin America 1 9
Europe 11 15
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 1 16
China 0 10
Oceania 0 3
Middle-East 7 9
Africa 1 3


Pricing & contract duration Medianova Limelight
Minimum contract term 1 month 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service Varies by product and service
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Confidential, market competitive
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Confidential, market competitive
LATAM traffic (low volume) Not applicable Confidential, market competitive


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Web acceleration Medianova Limelight
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes One to three minutes Sortof/partially A few minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s):// Yes Extra costs Alias support optional
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? No Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Compress on the fly. Brotli support! Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
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Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Can be different from origin host Yes Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Yes Self-service control
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Yes FTP, SFTP, Rsync Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Cache-Control extensions support Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant. Purge all may take up to 1 minute Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge file paths, purge all Yes Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard.
Analytics Yes Near real-time Yes
Log files Yes Not by default, only on request Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
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API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, encoding Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage
HTTPS & Content Protection Medianova Limelight
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Yes Free (not SNI) Yes Free. SNI
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate No Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes SNI Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable
Geo blocking Yes Streaming Yes IP access control by Geo and IP
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Streaming Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable
IP white/blacklisting Yes Streaming Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable


Customer support Medianova Limelight
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email support with 3 minutes response time and access to Technical Account Managers 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.