Peer5 compared to Limelight

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Peer5 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 Peer5 Limelight
PoPs N/A 80+
Purge All N/A Fully supported
Instant Purge N/A Fully supported
Control panel Additional costs Fully supported
Origin Push N/A Fully supported
Origin Pull N/A Fully supported
Origin Shield Not supported Not supported
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol N/A Not supported
SPDY Protocol N/A Not supported
Raw Access Logs Fully supported Fully supported
Real time statistics Additional costs Fully supported
Online signup Fully supported Not supported
API Fully supported Purge; Add, update and remove properties (Limelight Orchestrate Video API)
Custom CNAMEs N/A
Shared SSL Certificates N/A Unknown
Custom SSL Certificates N/A Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates N/A Additional costs
Support None/ online and email/ online, email and skype, based on pricing tier 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 Peer5 vs Limelight

Peer5 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

Peer5 Description

Peer5 is a peer-to-peer or p2p CDN, which means that for the distribution of content they redirect traffic from user to user. This also means that they do not have their own servers to distribute content from. As a result, a p2p CDN functions differently from a regular CDN. The best use case scenarios are larger livestreams, and/or very localized content. For a closer look at how p2p CDNs work please read this article.

With offices in California and Tel Aviv, Peer5 has built a a p2p CDN that is infinitely scalable, and only uses JavaScript to function. Peer5 uses WebRTC to distribute its content. The Peer5 service is an addition to a standard (multi)CDN setup, but doesn’t replace it. Peer5 also has native integrations with various video players including, but not limited to: Video.js, JWPlayer, Flowplayer, and Kaltura. The infrastructure runs on Google Cloud, Amazon WebServices, and Microsoft Azure to make it more reliable. The content on the streams is divided in chunks and later reconstructed to make the delivery from the p2p structure and edge server easier to balance.

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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