|Purge All||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Instant Purge||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Control panel||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Push||Fully supported||Partially supported|
|Origin Pull||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Shield||Not supported||Not supported|
|GZIP Compression||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom Rules||Fully supported||Partially supported|
|HTTP/2 Protocol||Not supported||Fully supported|
|SPDY Protocol||Not supported||Not supported|
|Raw Access Logs||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Real time statistics||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Online signup||Not supported||Fully supported|
|API||Purge; Add, update and remove properties (Limelight Orchestrate Video API)||Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management|
|Custom CNAMEs||Fully supported|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Unknown||Fully supported|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Partially supported|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Partially supported|
|Support||24⁄7 Phone and Email support||Phone and Email support (extra charge), Community Forum (free)|
|Video On Demand (VoD)||Fully supported||Additional costs|
|RTMP Streaming||Fully supported||Additional costs|
|Multiple CDNs||Not supported||Not supported|
|CDN balancing tech||Not supported||Not supported|
|Storage||Additional costs||Additional costs|
|Global flat fee||N/A||N/A|
|NA/EU Traffic (low volume)||N/A||$0.085 per GB|
|NA/EU Traffic (high volume)||N/A||$0.040 per GB (350TB+)|
|APAC Traffic||N/A||$0.140 - $0.170 per GB|
|LATAM Traffic||N/A||$0.250 per GB|
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.
Cloudfront is a CDN by Amazon, which can be used on a stand-alone basis, or in combination with other Amazon web products.
The CDN integrates very well with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and is often used in combination with their storage solution Amazon S3.
Amazon Cloudfront offers on-demand, no-commitment pricing plans which can be found on their website. The pricing overview of Cloudfront is slightly complex; customers should be aware that the unit prices for bandwidth and requests differ per region.
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