Skip to content

StackPath versus Fastly

Easily compare StackPath and Fastly for POP locations, products, pricing, features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these content delivery networks.

StackPath logo Fastly logo

Company

Company StackPath Fastly
Short profile StackPath launched in 2016 and is built on top of the MaxCDN platform. StackPath promises global, high performance content delivery + top notch security (integrated web application firewall) while keeping things simple, transparent and affordable. StackPath is developer-friendly with 24/7/365 support and a fully-documented API. Founded in 2011, Fastly has grown into a mature CDN provider. Fastly offers a range of services including streaming media delivery and private CDN but Fastly is best known for being a 'real-time CDN', meaning changes happen instantly and the platform can deliver 'uncacheable' content well.

Products

Product StackPath Fastly
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Partially Available/supported
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) Partially Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Not available/supported Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Partially Available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Not available/supported Available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Not available/supported Not available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Available/supported

Network

Region StackPath Fastly
North America 10 14
Latin America 1 1
Europe 7 6
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 3 4
China 0 0
Oceania 1 6
Middle-East 0 1
Africa 0 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration StackPath Fastly
Minimum contract term One month None
Minimum monthly costs $20 $50
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None $0.0075 - $0.016 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Same rates as CDN-to-client traffic
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.10 per GB $0.12 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.10 per GB $0.19 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.10 per GB $0.28 per GB

Features

Web acceleration StackPath Fastly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Available/supported Instant! Available/supported Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Partially Not all POPs part of Anycast network Available/supported Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/2 Available/supported Available/supported
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Available/supported IPv6 at Fastly
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin or compress on edge Resend from origin or compress on edge. Brotli!
tooltip Here we show relevant secondary commentary, that does not fit in the table
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Partially Can't be different from origin host Available/supported Can be different from origin host
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Available/supported Available/supported
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Available/supported Full and granular control with EdgeRules Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control with EdgeRules 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 Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant! Available/supported Instant!
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all Available/supported Purge all and by key
Analytics Available/supported Real-time! Available/supported Real-time!
Log files Available/supported Only for larger volume plans Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection StackPath Fastly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Available/supported Free. SNI Available/supported Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Not available/supported Extra costs $100/m per FQDN, $275/m for wildcard domain
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Available/supported Free. SNI Extra costs EV cert possible.
Token authentication Available/supported Available/supported Enabling URL token validation
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Available/supported Creating and using Edge Dictionaries
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Available/supported Available/supported Authenticating before returning a request
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported Available/supported About Edge ACLs

Support

Customer support StackPath Fastly
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Available/supported 24/7 phone and email support included in all plans. Higher volume plans get a dedicated technical account manager Available/supported Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available