MaxCDN compared to Limelight

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of MaxCDN 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 MaxCDN Limelight
PoPs 18 80+
Purge All Fully supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Fully supported Fully supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Additional costs Not supported
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Not supported Not supported
SPDY Protocol Fully supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Fully supported Fully supported
Real time statistics Additional costs Fully supported
Online signup Fully supported Not supported
API Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management Purge; Add, update and remove properties (Limelight Orchestrate Video API)
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Unknown
Custom SSL Certificates Additional costs Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Additional costs Additional costs
Support Phone, Chat and 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 MaxCDN vs Limelight

MaxCDN Limelight
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) $0.06 per GB N/A
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) $0.03 per GB (310TB+) N/A
APAC Traffic $0.095 per GB N/A
LATAM Traffic N/A N/A
Extra costs N/A N/A

MAXCDN Description

MaxCDN is a Los Angeles-based CDN provider, founded in 2009. In 2013 the company re-branded their video on demand solution HDDN (High Definition Distribution Network), CloudCache and NetDNA products under a single MaxCDN banner.

jQuery and BootstrapCDN are hosted on the MaxCDN network, and the company supports Google’s SPDY.

Notable customers of MaxCDN include Kodak, Nissan, The Next Web, Forbes, WP Engine and WPBeginner, and BuySellAds. Some of these brands are no longer customer of MaxCDN at the time of writing.

MAXCDN Resellers

MaxCDN is resold by Warpcache. As a multi-CDN provider, Warpcache both sells a variety of CDNs in a single package, or separately depending on a client’s wishes. Get in touch here, for more information about MaxCDN, pricing and features.

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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