Founded in 2011, Fastly is a relatively new player in the CDN market. As of 2015, the company has raised $130 million from investors Battery Ventures, IDG Ventures, August Capital, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Amplify Partners and ICONIQ Capital.
Self-proclaimed ‘new generation CDN service’, Fastly offers a full-SSD network and PoPs in North America, Brazil, Europe, APAC and Australia & New Zealand. Their Fastly Cloud Accelerator partnership with Google allows Fastly clients to connect directly to the Google Cloud backbone, and configure a Fastly origin shield in front of their GCE storage bucket. The partnership might be considered a way for both parties to compete with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and their S3 storage solution and Cloudfront CDN service. Other CDN providers participating in the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program are EdgeCast, Highwinds, Level3, Akamai and CloudFlare.
Fastly uses web application accelerator Varnish, and allows clients to upload their custom VCL (Varnish Configuration Language) to the Fastly platform. Currently, there is one alternative to Fastly when it comes to uploading custom VCLs, and that is ‘developer CDN’ section.io.
On-boarding with Fastly is quick & easy and can be done without intervention a sales representative. Their extensive API-tools include purging, stats and config management. For an overview of Fastly’s features, check out the table below or make comparisons with other CDN providers.
|Purge All||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Instant Purge||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Control panel||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Origin Push||Feature not supported by Fastly|
|Origin Pull||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Origin Shield||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|GZIP Compression||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Custom Rules||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|HTTP/2 Protocol||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|SPDY Protocol||Feature not supported by Fastly|
|Raw Access Logs||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Real time statistics||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Online signup||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|API||Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management|
|Custom CNAMEs||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Support||Slack, IRC and Email support 24/7/365. Plus Community Forum|
|Video On Demand (VoD)||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|RTMP Streaming||Feature fully supported by Fastly|
|Multiple CDNs||Feature not supported by Fastly|
|CDN balancing tech||Feature not supported by Fastly|
|Storage||Feature not supported by Fastly|
Fastly’s on-demand pricing varies per region, and the default regions are covered in their pricing scheme. Customers interested in specific areas that aren’t listed can contact the Fastly sales team.
Discounted rates are available based on commitments.
|Global flat fee||N/A|
|NA/EU Traffic (low volume)||$0.12 per GB|
|NA/EU Traffic (high volume)||$0.08 per GB (10TB+)|
|Extra costs||$0.0075 - $0.0160 per 10,000 Requests (region dependent pricing)|