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What is Fastly?

Fastly's real-time content delivery network gives you total control over your content, unprecedented access to performance analytics, and the ability to instantly update content in 150 milliseconds.
Fastly is a tool in the Content Delivery Network category of a tech stack.

Who uses Fastly?

Companies
792 companies reportedly use Fastly in their tech stacks, including Twitter, reddit, and 9GAG.

Developers
69 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Fastly.

Fastly Integrations

WordPress, Amazon S3, Heroku, Datadog, and Magento are some of the popular tools that integrate with Fastly. Here's a list of all 18 tools that integrate with Fastly.

Why developers like Fastly?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Fastly
Fastly Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Fastly in their tech stack.

Paul Whittemore
Paul Whittemore
Developer and Owner at Appurist Software · | 14 upvotes · 30.5K views
Fastly
Fastly
Electron
Electron
vuex
vuex
Vue.js
Vue.js
Quasar Framework
Quasar Framework
Vuetify
Vuetify
Node.js
Node.js
ExpressJS
ExpressJS
Fastify
Fastify

I'm building most projects using: Server: either Fastify (all projects going forward) or ExpressJS on Node.js (existing, previously) on the server side, and Client app: either Vuetify (currently) or Quasar Framework (going forward) on Vue.js with vuex on Electron for the UI to deliver both web-based and desktop applications for multiple platforms.

The direct support for Android and iOS in Quasar Framework will make it my go-to client UI platform for any new client-side or web work. On the server, I'll probably use Fastly for all my server work, unless I get into Go more in the future.

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Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 14.6K views
Fastly
Fastly
Grunt
Grunt
jQuery
jQuery
Bootstrap
Bootstrap
Jekyll
Jekyll
Let's Encrypt
Let's Encrypt
Netlify
Netlify
GitHub Pages
GitHub Pages
MaxCDN
MaxCDN
#Webperf
#StaticSiteGenerators
#GoogleFonts
#CDN

When my SSL cert MaxCDN was expiring on my personal site I decided it was a good time to revamp some things. Since GitHub Services is depreciated I can no longer have #CDN cache purges automated among other things. So I decided on the following: GitHub Pages, Netlify, Let's Encrypt and Jekyll. Staying the same was Bootstrap, jQuery, Grunt & #GoogleFonts.

What's awesome about GitHub Pages is that it has a #CDN (Fastly) built-in and anytime you push to master, it purges the cache instantaneously without you have to do anything special. Netlify is magic, I highly recommend it to anyone using #StaticSiteGenerators.

For the most part, everything went smoothly. The only things I had issues with were the following:

  • If you want to point www to GitHub Pages you need to rename the repo to www
  • If you edit something in the _config.yml you need to restart bundle exec jekyll s or changes won't show
  • I had to disable the Grunt htmlmin module. I replaced it with Jekyll layout that compresses HTML for #webperf

Last but certainly not least, I made a donation to Let's Encrypt. If you use their service consider doing it too: https://letsencrypt.org/donate/

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Fastly's Features

  • static content delivery
  • event-driven content delivery
  • Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA)
  • API caching
  • Instant Purge
  • Soft Purge
  • surrogate keys
  • streaming and VOD
  • Real-time Analytics
  • instant configuration
  • instant deploys
  • built on Varnish
  • Custom VCL upload
  • on-demand DDoS mitigation
  • Transport Layer Security
  • PCI compliance and compliance services
  • Origin Shield
  • real-time streaming logs
  • Historical Stats
  • Edge Dictionaries
  • Fastly’s Cloud Accelerator
  • Configuration Control Panel
  • stale-if-error
  • stale-while-revalidate
  • Edge Side Includes (ESI)
  • GeoIP/geography detection
  • mobile device detection
  • edge authorization/paywalls
  • shopper prioritization

Fastly Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Fastly?
CloudFlare
Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.
Amazon CloudFront
Amazon CloudFront can be used to deliver your entire website, including dynamic, static, streaming, and interactive content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your content are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance.
Akamai
If you've ever shopped online, downloaded music, watched a web video or connected to work remotely, you've probably used Akamai's cloud platform. Akamai helps businesses connect the hyperconnected, empowering them to transform and reinvent their business online. We remove the complexities of technology, so you can focus on driving your business faster forward.
MaxCDN
The MaxCDN Content Delivery Network efficiently delivers your site’s static file through hundreds of servers instead of slogging through a single host. This "smart route" technology distributes your content to your visitors via the city closest to them.
Incapsula
Through an application-aware, global content delivery network (CDN), Incapsula provides any website and web application with best-of-breed security, DDoS protection, load balancing and failover solutions.
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Fastly's Stats

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Fastly's Followers
118 developers follow Fastly to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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