|Purge All||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Instant Purge||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Control panel||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Push||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Origin Pull||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Shield||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|GZIP Compression||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom Rules||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|HTTP/2 Protocol||Not supported||Not supported|
|SPDY Protocol||Not supported||Not supported|
|Raw Access Logs||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Real time statistics||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Online signup||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|API||Purge||Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management|
|Custom CNAMEs||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Partially supported|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Partially supported|
|Support||24/7/365 Email support, 9am-5pm Chat support||IRC and Email support. Community Forum|
|Video On Demand (VoD)||Fully supported||Not supported|
|RTMP Streaming||Not supported||Not supported|
|Multiple CDNs||Not supported||Not supported|
|CDN balancing tech||Not supported||Not supported|
|Storage||Additional costs||Not supported|
|Global flat fee||N/A||N/A|
|NA/EU Traffic (low volume)||$0.10 per GB||$0.12 per GB|
|NA/EU Traffic (high volume)||$0.027 per GB (500TB+)||$0.08 per GB (10TB+)|
|APAC Traffic||$0.150 per GB||$0.19 per GB|
|LATAM Traffic||$0.20 per GB||$0.28 per GB|
|Extra costs||$0.008 per 10,000 Requests||$0.0075 - $0.0160 per 10,000 Requests (region dependent pricing)|
CacheFly is a Chicago-based CDN provider, with over 40 Points of Presence (PoPs) spread over six continents. Next to the usual locations, Cachefly has PoPs in India, Qatar, Egypt and South Africa.
The Cachefly network is optimised for throughput, making it more suitable for the delivery of large files.
Instead of DNS-based global loadbalancing, the company’s CDN infrastructure relies on TCP Anycast routing.
CacheFly offers the usual features in the CDN industry such as instant purge, origin shielding, real-time reporting and sub-accounts. They also offer a 100% availability SLA and 24⁄7 support.
Reviewer website TopTenReviews named CacheFly #1, Gold and Excellence award winner in the ‘Small Business CDN’ category for the third year in a row. Factors taken into account in the weighing were Performance, Setup & Compatibility, Security and Help & Support.
The 10 CDNs that were reviewed are, in order of score:
It should be noted that the selection of CDNs that were reviewed is incomplete, and seemingly arbitrary. At the time of writing, TopTenReviews is a customer of Akamai.
Customers in the Cachefly portfolio include, or have included: The Economist, Magellan, Jelly Belly, Bank of America, Budweiser, Trillian, Ars Technica, Virgin Games, Ameritrade, Cartoon Network, McKesson, Twit.tv, Blue Shell Games, BackBeat Media and Toyota.
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.