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Tata Communications versus Fastly

Easily compare Tata Communications 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.

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Company

Company Tata Communications Fastly
Short profile Tata Communications is a full service, carrier grade, global CDN that has been in operation since their acquisition of BitGravity in 2012. The CDN rides on Tata’s global infrastructure which is the largest Tier 1 network in the world. Tata’s ownership of the network and peering relationships enable it to be very competitive when it comes to price. 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 Tata Communications 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) Available/supported Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Available/supported Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported 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 Not available/supported Available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Not available/supported Available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Available/supported

Network

Region Tata Communications Fastly
North America 8 15
Latin America 0 2
Europe 4 6
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia, excl China 10 4
China 0 0
Oceania 1 6
Middle-East 1 1
Africa 0 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Tata Communications Fastly
Minimum contract term Unknown None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $50
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown $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) Unknown $0.12 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.19 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.28 per GB

Features

Web acceleration Tata Communications Fastly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially <10 minutes Available/supported Instant!
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Available/supported Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
Available/supported Global anycast IPs are available
HTTP/2 Not available/supported End of 2017 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
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
Resend from origin or compress on edge. Brotli!
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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 configure specific other Host header Available/supported Can be different from origin host
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
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 Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Available/supported Full and granular control Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Available/supported Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported No longer than 2 mins, often much faster Available/supported Instant!
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header Available/supported Purge all and by key
Analytics Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Available/supported Real-time!
Log files Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
Available/supported Real-time streaming of logs to your server
API Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Tata Communications Fastly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Not available/supported 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 Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Extra costs EV cert possible.
Token authentication Extra costs Available/supported Enabling URL token validation
Geo blocking Available/supported Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Available/supported Their support team is needed Available/supported Creating and using Edge Dictionaries
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported Available/supported Authenticating before returning a request
IP white/blacklisting Available/supported White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI
Available/supported About Edge ACLs

Support

Customer support Tata Communications Fastly
Documentation Partially Some documentation, not public Available/supported Yes, public
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Available/supported Email support during business hours is free. Pay extra if you need more/better. Two paid plans available