Alibaba Cloud CDN compared to Fastly

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Alibaba Cloud CDN and Fastly. We hope this helps you compare these two Content Delivery Networks. You can find additional tips that help you select the right CDN here.

Alibaba Cloud CDN and Fastly popmap

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Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features Alibaba Cloud CDN Fastly
PoPs 40 36
Purge All Not supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Not supported Fully supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully supported Not supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Additional costs Fully supported
GZIP Compression Not supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Not supported Fully supported
SPDY Protocol Fully supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Not supported Fully supported
Real time statistics Fully supported Fully supported
Online signup Fully supported Fully supported
API Fully supported Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Additional costs Fully supported
Wildcard SSL Certificates Not supported Fully supported
Support Provide multiple support plans, with varying prices Slack, IRC and Email support 24/7/365. Plus Community Forum
Video On Demand (VoD) Fully supported Fully supported
RTMP Streaming Fully supported Fully supported
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Not supported
Storage Fully supported Not supported

Pricing Alibaba Cloud CDN vs Fastly

Alibaba Cloud CDN Fastly
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) N/A $0.12 per GB
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) N/A $0.08 per GB (10TB+)
APAC Traffic N/A
  • Below 10TB: $0.19 per GB
  • 10TB+: $0.14 per GB
LATAM Traffic N/A
  • Below 10TB: $0.28 per GB
  • 10TB+: $0.24 per GB
Extra costs N/A $0.0075 - $0.0160 per 10,000 Requests (region dependent pricing)

Alibaba Cloud CDN Description

Alibaba Cloud is a part of the Alibaba Group which specializes in cloud computing. The products under Alibaba Cloud include a CDN solution, an SSL service, Cloud storage, and Elastic Computing amongst others. Since the CDN solution is part of the Alibaba Cloud family of products, it is naturally integrated with most of the other products.

Alibaba’s CDN solution is primarily focussed on China, with most of its nodes located on the Chinese mainland. They do also have some PoPs overseas. However, since these aren’t included in standard use, they are excluded from our pop count.

Alibaba Cloud CDN has some notable customers including Philips, Schneider, Blogmint, and Changba

FASTLY Description

Founded in 2011, Fastly is a relatively new player in the CDN market. As of 2015, the company has raised $130 million from investors Battery Ventures, IDG Ventures, August Capital, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Amplify Partners and ICONIQ Capital.

Self-proclaimed ‘new generation CDN service’, Fastly offers a full-SSD network and PoPs in North America, Brazil, Europe, APAC and Australia & New Zealand. Their Fastly Cloud Accelerator partnership with Google allows Fastly clients to connect directly to the Google Cloud backbone, and configure a Fastly origin shield in front of their GCE storage bucket. The partnership might be considered a way for both parties to compete with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and their S3 storage solution and Cloudfront CDN service. Other CDN providers participating in the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program are EdgeCast, Highwinds, Level3, Akamai and CloudFlare.

Fastly uses web application accelerator Varnish, and allows clients to upload their custom VCL (Varnish Configuration Language) to the Fastly platform. Currently, there is one alternative to Fastly when it comes to uploading custom VCLs, and that is ‘developer CDN’ section.io.

On-boarding with Fastly is quick & easy and can be done without intervention a sales representative. Their extensive API-tools include purging, stats and config management. For an overview of Fastly’s features, check out the table below or make comparisons with other CDN providers.

Notable customers of Fastly include Twitter, Wired, Kickstarter, Rakuten, Etsy, Shazam, Yelp, GitHub, Firebase, Cloudera, Stripe, New Relic and Imgur.

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