Fastly compared to Incapsula

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Fastly and Incapsula. 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 Fastly Incapsula
PoPs 28 28
Purge All Fully supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Fully supported Fully supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Not 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 Fully supported
SPDY Protocol Not supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Fully supported Not supported
Real time statistics Fully supported Fully supported
Online signup Fully supported Fully supported
API Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Partially supported Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Partially supported Additional costs
Support IRC and Email support. Community Forum
  • Community (free)
  • Email 8AM - 5PM (Pro and Business)
  • Phone and Email support 247 (Enterprise)
Video On Demand (VoD) Not supported Not supported
RTMP Streaming Not supported Not supported
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Additional costs
Storage Not supported Not supported

Pricing Fastly vs Incapsula

Fastly Incapsula
Global flat fee N/A N/A
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.

INCAPSULA Description

Incapsula Inc. provides a variety of CDN services, from the network itself to security, load balancing, failover solutions and DDoS protection. The company spun out from data security company Imperva in 2009. Incapsula launched Botopedia in 2012, a directory that includes community-sourced information about bots.

At the core of Incapsula’s feature offering lies the content delivery network and a variety of security features such as web application firewall (WAF) and DDoS mitigation.

Incapsula composes comparison tables of its own, which can be viewed on their website - providers they compare themselves to are Akamai and CloudFlare. In the comparison tables they dive deeper into the various security features within the content delivery ecosystem.

Like most other CDN providers, Incapsula integrates well with a variety of Content Management Systems (CMS) and also offers a downloadable extension on their website for Joomla. The extension improves security and performance for Joomla. Other security solutions for third parties offered by Incapsula are targeted at clients hosting with Rackspace, Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS. All three of these also offer their own CDN solution.

Notable customers of Incapsula include, or have included WiX, BitStamp, Newsweek, Trello, eHarmony, General Electric, BNZ, LivePerson, SendGrid, Tango, **eToro, Moz and Hitachi.

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