Fastly compared to HolaCDN

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Fastly and HolaCDN. 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 Fastly HolaCDN
PoPs 28 Unknown
Purge All Fully supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Fully supported Unknown
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Not supported Not supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Fully supported Not 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 Unknown
Real time statistics Fully supported Fully supported
Online signup Fully supported Fully supported
API Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management Configuration of the video player
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Not supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Partially supported Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Partially supported Not supported
Support IRC and Email support. Community Forum Email support
Video On Demand (VoD) Not supported Fully supported
RTMP Streaming Not supported Fully supported
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Not supported
Storage Not supported Not supported

Pricing Fastly vs HolaCDN

Fastly HolaCDN
Global flat fee N/A $0,01 per GB
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB N/A
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) $0.08 per GB (10TB+) N/A
APAC Traffic $0.19 per GB N/A
LATAM Traffic $0.28 per GB N/A
Extra costs $0.0075 - $0.0160 per 10,000 Requests (region dependent pricing) N/A

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.

HOLACDN Description

HolaCDN is the video CDN from Hola, an Israel-based company known for their Hola VPN and peer-to-peer (P2P) technology, and P2P data mining service Luminati.io.

The solution lets customers combine their own CDN with the network of HolaCDN, to optimise video delivery. The delivery process takes place in two phases:

  1. HolaCDN’s algorithm uses a real-time bidding system to determine the fastest server to deliver the initial chunks of the video;
  2. The following chunks will be delivered from the most cost-effective servers, as there’s plenty of time for them to load in and they do not need to be served out by the fastest server per se.

Customers can integrate the CDN with a variety of existing, third-party video players or use the Open Source Hola Player.

HolaCDN does not publish their network map or the amount and locations of their of points of presence (PoPs). Their network does not need to be extensive due to the nature of video loading: only the initial chunk needs to be served out quickly, what follows is less relevant. So, as far as their network goes – we can only guess.

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