Internap compared to Limelight

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Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features Internap Limelight
PoPs 19 80+
Purge All Unknown Fully supported
Instant Purge Unknown Fully supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully 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 Not supported Not supported
API Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management Purge; Add, update and remove properties (Limelight Orchestrate Video API)
Custom CNAMEs Unknown
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Unknown
Custom SSL Certificates Fully supported Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Not supported Additional costs
Support Email and Phone 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 Fully supported Additional costs

Pricing Internap vs Limelight

Internap Limelight
Global flat fee N/A 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

INTERNAP Description

Internap (Internap Network Services Corp.) is a large Internet infrastructure provider based in Atlanta, Georgia, US that has been around since 1996. The company offers data centre services, Internet Protocol (IP) services, colocation, virtual and bare metal cloud hosting and CDN services. Their trio of enterprise IP optimisation, CDN and TCP acceleration is geared to deliver an optimal end-user experience.

Acquisitions by Internap have been:

  • CO Space (2000) - telco and datacenter services
  • VPNX.com (2003) - VPN technology, formerly known as Switchsoft Systems
  • VitalStream Holdings Inc. (2007) - CDN services, digital media storage
  • Voxel Holdings Inc. (2012) - enterprise cloud and hosting
  • iWeb (2013) - cloud hosting

In 2014 Internap announced their commercially available OpenStack compute service named AgileCLOUD. The cloud service exposes the native OpenStack API and provides integrated hybridisation functionality to address a wide range of client needs. The Internap AgileCLOUD is included in the OpenStack Marketplace.

Internap was founded in 1996 and delivers CDN services to customers such as Hi-Rez Studios, Georgia Institute of Technology, Boinc, engage:BDR, Vermont Teddy Bear and Rhapsody.

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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