CacheFly compared to Level3

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of CacheFly and Level3. We hope this helps you compare these two Content Delivery Networks. You can find additional tips that help you select the right CDN here.

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Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features CacheFly Level3
PoPs 41 98
Purge All Fully supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Fully supported Not instant
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully supported Fully 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 Not supported
API Purge Unknown
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Additional costs Fully supported
Wildcard SSL Certificates Additional costs Unknown
Support 24/7/365 Email support, 9am-5pm Chat support
  • Email and Phone support
  • Level3’s CDN Enhanced Support (paid)
Video On Demand (VoD) Fully supported Fully supported
RTMP Streaming Not supported Fully supported
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Not supported
Storage Additional costs Additional costs

Pricing CacheFly vs Level3

CacheFly Level3
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) $0.10 per GB N/A
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) $0.027 per GB (500TB+) N/A
APAC Traffic $0.150 per GB N/A
LATAM Traffic $0.20 per GB N/A
Extra costs $0.008 per 10,000 Requests N/A

CACHEFLY Description

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 247 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:

  1. CacheFly
  2. MaxCDN
  3. Highwinds
  4. EdgeCast
  5. CDN77
  6. Internap
  7. BitGravity
  8. Level3
  9. CDNetworks
  10. Amazon CloudFront

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.

LEVEL3 Description

Level3 Communications is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a provider of telecommunication services. The company was founded in 1885 and is currently headquartered in Colorado, in the United States. The Level3 brand is well-known; the company operates a large, physical network of the Internet and offers a wide range of networking services. Level3 is the network, and it owns a Tier 1 backbone and operates its own points-of-presence (PoPs). One notable customer of Level3 is Netflix.

Level3 has made some notable acquisitions, including companies such as Black Lotus (DDoS protection), TW Telecom (business Internet solutions), Genuity (AS1) and the CDN services business of Savvis - a subsidiary of CenturyLink that provides hosting and colocation services. The CDN was acquired in 2006 and is run by Level3 to this day. In 2016 Level3 has been acquired by CenturyLink.

Additional CDN-related services by Level3 include DDoS protection, SSL, Encryption, Geo Blocking, (live) video streaming and website acceleration.

Together with Fastly, CloudFlare, Highwinds, Akamai and EdgeCast, Level3 is part of the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program. The interconnection agreement between the backbones of both parties will benefit customers on both sides; traffic over these interconnects enjoys reduced latency and increased reliability compared to the public Internet. Clients using a Google Cloud origin receive a discount to their egress traffic when peering with Level3 or any other CDN that is part of the collaboration.

Level3 does not publish customer information. CDN overview has located some of customers of the CDN service, such as CloudVPS. We’ll keep the list updated.

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