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CloudFlare vs Fastly: What are the differences?

Developers describe CloudFlare as "The Web Performance & Security Company". Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet. On the other hand, Fastly is detailed as "We're redefining content delivery". 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.

CloudFlare and Fastly can be categorized as "Content Delivery Network" tools.

Some of the features offered by CloudFlare are:

  • CDN
  • WAF (Web Application Firewall)
  • DDOS Protection

On the other hand, Fastly provides the following key features:

  • static content delivery
  • event-driven content delivery
  • Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA)

"Easy setup, great cdn" is the primary reason why developers consider CloudFlare over the competitors, whereas "Real-time updates" was stated as the key factor in picking Fastly.

Udemy, DigitalOcean, and 9GAG are some of the popular companies that use CloudFlare, whereas Fastly is used by Twitter, Udemy, and 9GAG. CloudFlare has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2300 company stacks & 712 developers stacks; compared to Fastly, which is listed in 96 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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Francesco Boffa

I don't think I have registered a domain in the last 10 years that hasn't been linked to CloudFlare within the first 2 hours from registration.

The benefits you get from even the free version of CloudFlare are amazing. From day 0: - 30/80% of bandwidth savings thanks to their CDN - Origin IP address protection - Managed SSL

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Pros of CloudFlare
Pros of Fastly
  • 422
    Easy setup, great cdn
  • 275
    Free ssl
  • 199
    Easy setup
  • 189
    Security
  • 180
    Ssl
  • 98
    Great cdn
  • 77
    Optimizer
  • 71
    Simple
  • 44
    Great UI
  • 28
    Great js cdn
  • 12
    HTTP/2 Support
  • 12
    Apps
  • 12
    DNS Analytics
  • 12
    AutoMinify
  • 9
    Ipv6
  • 9
    Rocket Loader
  • 9
    Easy
  • 8
    IPv6 "One Click"
  • 7
    DNSSEC
  • 7
    Free GeoIP
  • 7
    Amazing performance
  • 7
    API
  • 7
    Cheapest SSL
  • 7
    Fantastic CDN service
  • 7
    Nice DNS
  • 7
    SSHFP
  • 6
    Free and reliable, Faster then anyone else
  • 6
    SPDY
  • 5
    Asynchronous resource loading
  • 4
    Easy Use
  • 4
    Performance
  • 4
    Global Load Balancing
  • 4
    Ubuntu
  • 3
    CDN
  • 2
    Support for SSHFP records
  • 2
    Registrar
  • 1
    Web3
  • 1
    HTTPS3/Quic
  • 28
    Real-time updates
  • 25
    Fastest CDN
  • 22
    Powerful API
  • 20
    Great support
  • 14
    Great customer support
  • 7
    Instant Purging
  • 7
    Custom VCL
  • 6
    Good pricing
  • 6
    Tag-based Purging
  • 5
    HTTP/2 Support
  • 4
    Speed & functionality
  • 4
    Image processing on demande (Fastly IO)
  • 4
    Best CDN

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Cons of CloudFlare
Cons of Fastly
  • 2
    No support for SSHFP records
  • 2
    Expensive when you exceed their fair usage limits
  • 1
    Minimum $50/mo spend

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What is CloudFlare?

Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.

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.

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