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EdgeCast vs Fastly: What are the differences?

Developers describe EdgeCast as "The world's fastest and most reliable content delivery network". EdgeCast is a content delivery network (CDN) that helps companies accelerate and deliver static and dynamic content to end users around the world. Major customers include Yahoo!, Tumblr, Pinterest, Wordpress, and Imgur. The company has about 4,500 customers (as of June 2012) and carries about 5% of the world’s internet traffic. 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.

EdgeCast and Fastly belong to "Content Delivery Network" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by EdgeCast are:

  • Caching- From whole sites to mobile, our acceleration and delivery services will bring you to the world's digital doorstep.
  • Application Delivery- Accelerate delivery of your web applications and non-static content.
  • Streaming- Flash, Silverlight, or HTTP – live or on-demand, we'll deliver it better than anyone.

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

  • static content delivery
  • event-driven content delivery
  • Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA)
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What is EdgeCast?

EdgeCast is a content delivery network (CDN) that helps companies accelerate and deliver static and dynamic content to end users around the world. Major customers include Yahoo!, Tumblr, Pinterest, Wordpress, and Imgur. The company has about 4,500 customers (as of June 2012) and carries about 5% of the world’s internet traffic.

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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        What are some alternatives to EdgeCast and Fastly?
        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.
        CloudFlare
        Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.
        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.
        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.
        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.
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        Justin Dorfman
        Justin Dorfman
        Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 54K views
        MaxCDN
        MaxCDN
        GitHub Pages
        GitHub Pages
        Netlify
        Netlify
        Let's Encrypt
        Let's Encrypt
        Jekyll
        Jekyll
        Bootstrap
        Bootstrap
        jQuery
        jQuery
        Grunt
        Grunt
        Fastly
        Fastly
        #CDN
        #GoogleFonts
        #StaticSiteGenerators
        #Webperf

        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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        Review ofEdgeCastEdgeCast

        I have been using edge cast for approximately 5 years. Their support is nothing short of fantastic.

        Their pricing is beyond fair and when you consider them some of the competitors if you are big enough you can negotiate if you are a smaller company Google resellers you will find deals everywhere.

        They are the fastest CDN available I have used all the big names and it has all come down to EdgeCast they can do everything I want including allowing me to fix coding issues on clients websites automatically with their ADN application delivery network. By applying Google page speed through the ADN which is a CDN that has Google page speed, accelerates both dynamic and static content along with incredible analytics uptime management and their new DNS with geo-IP makes them a fantastic company to work with.

        To everyone that EdgeCast thank you so much for all your help.

        Review ofFastlyFastly

        In addition to having a great service, a powerful API and a perfect uptime the one thing that's really awesome about Fastly is their support. They respond really fast, are very knowledgeable, and do everything they can to help you with your problem (and that includes 1-to-1 chat on irc, skype/hangout call, etc.). Such a great experience.

        Review ofFastlyFastly

        Incredible. Lets us cache dynamic pages. Makes other CDNs feel like unwieldy beasts. Support is second to none.

        How developers use EdgeCast and Fastly
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        alfredxing uses FastlyFastly

        CDN and caching

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