HolaCDN compared to Limelight

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of HolaCDN 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 HolaCDN Limelight
PoPs Unknown 80+
Purge All Fully supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Unknown Fully supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Not supported Fully supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Not 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 Unknown Fully supported
Real time statistics Fully supported Fully supported
Online signup Fully supported Not supported
API Configuration of the video player Purge; Add, update and remove properties (Limelight Orchestrate Video API)
Custom CNAMEs Not supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Unknown
Custom SSL Certificates Additional costs Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Not supported Additional costs
Support Email support 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 Not supported Additional costs

Pricing HolaCDN vs Limelight

HolaCDN Limelight
Global flat fee $0,01 per GB 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

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.

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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