|Features||Alibaba Cloud CDN||Fastly|
|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|
|Property||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+)|
|Extra costs||N/A||$0.0075 - $0.0160 per 10,000 Requests (region dependent pricing)|
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.
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.