Leaseweb compared to Limelight

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Leaseweb 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 Leaseweb Limelight
PoPs 11 80+
Purge All Fully supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Partially supported Fully supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully supported Fully 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 Unknown Not supported
Raw Access Logs Fully supported 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 Additional costs Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Additional costs Additional costs
Support Email support 247 Phone and Email support
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 Leaseweb vs Limelight

Leaseweb Limelight
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) $0.049 per GB for commitment below 50TB N/A
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) $0.006 per GB for commitments above 3PB N/A
APAC Traffic $0.049 per GB for low volume, $0.038 for high volume N/A
LATAM Traffic N/A N/A
Extra costs Additional costs for requests after the first 500 million:

  • $0.95 per million requests
N/A

LEASEWEB Description

LeaseWeb is a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider founded in 1997, and a daughter company of OCOM Group. LeaseWeb is a one-stop-shop for a wide range of Internet services such as colocation, cloud hosting, dedicated servers and a CDN solution.

The company is headquartered in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

LeaseWeb’s network includes 58 ‘PoPs’ and 6 ’SuperPoPs’. In CDN terms however it is the SuperPoPs that we consider to be the regular points-of-presence as we know them: servers where content is cached. The remaining 58 locations are networking PoPs where a request enters the LeaseWeb network, but no content is cached.

Notable customers of LeaseWeb include Kaspersky Lab, Grundig and Twenga.

LeaseWeb hosts the European hub of the Wikimedia Foundation, as part of a €300,000 gift in kind to the foundation. The company was also one of the hosting providers of Megaupload, and in 2013 wiped 630 of their dedicated servers clean of Megaupload user data. LeaseWeb issued a statement explaining their decision, stating there were no requests to to access or retain the data for over a year, and that the company had been running and maintaining the servers at its own expense. Megaupload’s assets were seized by the U.S. government and it could not pay its hosting partners. Petabytes of data were lost forever, and the act is considered a scandal and a betrayal by Megaupload sympathisers. Megaupload’s main hosting partner Carpathia, decided to keep storing the servers at their own expense. While the Carpathia servers are disconnected and stored, the data so far seems protected from destruction.

Through their Community Outreach Project, LeaseWeb supports organisations that combat cybercrime and spam by offering free hosting services. In 2009 the company ran a pilot for preventive filtering of online child porn in cooperation with Swedish company NetClean, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Dutch Child Porn Hotline. While from a technological perspective LeaseWeb was pleased with the outcome, there were still some hurdles to be addressed in cooperation with the Dutch National Police Services Agency.

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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