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StackPath versus Limelight

Easily compare StackPath 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

Company StackPath Limelight
Short profile StackPath launched in 2016 and is built on top of the Highwinds and MaxCDN platforms. StackPath promises global, high performance content delivery + top notch security (integrated web application firewall and DDoS mitigation) while keeping things simple, transparent and affordable. StackPath is developer-friendly with 24/7/365 support and a fully-documented API. 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.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
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Product StackPath Limelight
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Sortof/partially Yes Web Acceleration Services
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes 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? Sortof/partially Yes Realtime and Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Yes Video Delivery Services
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization No Extra costs Image Optimization optional
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Yes Managed DNS Services
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Mitigation Yes DDoS Attack Interceptor
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes Global Private CDN
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Yes Network-Enhanced Edge Compute

Network

Region StackPath Limelight
North America 14 20
Latin America 2 9
Europe 8 15
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 5 16
China 0 10
Oceania 2 3
Middle-East 0 9
Africa 0 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration StackPath Limelight
Minimum contract term One month 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $10 Varies by product and service
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.03 per GB Confidential, market competitive
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.03 per GB Confidential, market competitive
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.03 per GB Confidential, market competitive

Features

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  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration StackPath Limelight
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes Instant! Sortof/partially A few minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No Extra costs Alias support optional
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 Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Match protocol
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes 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 Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control with EdgeRules Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control with EdgeRules Yes
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 Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all Yes Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard.
Analytics Yes Real-time! Yes
Log files Yes Only for larger volume plans Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage
HTTPS & Content Protection StackPath Limelight
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free. SNI Yes Free. SNI
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Free. SNI Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable
Geo blocking Yes Yes IP access control by Geo and IP
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable

Support

Customer support StackPath Limelight
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes 24/7 phone and email support included in all plans. Higher volume plans get a dedicated technical account manager 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.