Alibaba Cloud CDN compared to Limelight

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

Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features Alibaba Cloud CDN Limelight
PoPs 40 80+
Purge All Not supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Not supported Fully supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Additional costs Not supported
GZIP Compression Not supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Not supported Not 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 Not supported
API Fully supported Purge; Add, update and remove properties (Limelight Orchestrate Video API)
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Unknown
Custom SSL Certificates Additional costs Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Not supported Additional costs
Support Provide multiple support plans, with varying prices 247 Phone and Email support
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 Additional costs

Pricing Alibaba Cloud CDN vs Limelight

Alibaba Cloud CDN Limelight
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) N/A N/A
APAC Traffic N/A N/A
LATAM Traffic N/A N/A
Extra costs N/A N/A

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

LIMELIGHT Description

Limelight Networks is an Arizona-based CDN provider that owns and operates its own content delivery network. The company was founded in 2001 and has offices in the US, Europe and Asia.

Limelight offers regular CDN services for static content, website acceleration, video streaming (Limelight Orchestrate) and cloud storage. Some of the services in the Limelight portfolio came to be from a variety of acquisitions done by the company in the past. Acquired companies include AcceloWeb (website acceleration), Kiptronic (video) and Delve Networks (video).

In 2006, the CDN provider was sued by Akamai Technologies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and later by Level3 over alleged patent infringements. In 2015, after a long string of decisions, came an end to the back-and-forth between Akamai and Limelight: Limelight was held liable for direct infringement of an Akamai-held patent by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In response to the ruling, Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW) fell greatly.

As of today, Limelight is still fighting a portion of the August 2015 decision, prolonging an already long-standing dispute against Akamai.

Limelight serves, or has served notable customers such as Disney, EA Sports, MySpace, Harpo Productions, MTV, Nintendo, Heineken and Carrefour. With the exception of the latter two, these customers are seemingly no longer with Limelight.

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