|Purge All||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Instant Purge||Fully supported||Unknown|
|Control panel||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Push||Fully supported||Not supported|
|Origin Pull||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Origin Shield||Not supported||Unknown|
|GZIP Compression||Fully supported||Fully supported|
|Custom Rules||Fully supported||Unknown|
|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||Fully supported|
|Online signup||Not supported||Not supported|
|API||Purge; Add, update and remove properties (Limelight Orchestrate Video API)||Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Unknown||Unknown|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Unknown|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Additional costs||Unknown|
|Support||24⁄7 Phone and Email support||24⁄7 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||Fully supported|
|Storage||Additional costs||Additional costs|
|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|
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.
CDNetworks has been around since 2000, and is currently headquartered in Seoul. The company has raised capital with Shinhan Private Equity, Goldman Sachs and Oak Investment Partners, and acquired CDN competitor Panther Express in 2009. The company was bought by Japanese Telco KDDI in 2011. The provider has 169 points of presence (PoPs) worldwide.
CDNetworks offers the usual services within the CDN ecosystem, such as DDoS protection, cloud storage, Web Application Firewall (WAF), managed DNS with load balancing and video acceleration.
The CDN provider has a strong presence in emerging Internet markets such as China, Russia, India and South America. The company operates in mainland China and has been doing so for over 10 years. Currently, CDNetworks has 21 PoPs within China, which are mostly concentrated in the east of the country. The company is licensed by the Chinese government, and their CDNetworks China Acceleration service can be an alternative to homegrown CDN providers ChinaNetCenter and ChinaCache.
Similar to China acceleration, CDNetworks has a special focus on Russia. With 16 PoPs across the country, and a partnership with network operator MegaFon, CDNetworks offers a broad range of delivery services in Russia.