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Fastly vs Google Cloud CDN: What are the differences?

Fastly: 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; Google Cloud CDN: Low-latency, low-cost content delivery using Google's global network. Google Cloud CDN leverages Google's globally distributed edge caches to accelerate content delivery for websites and applications served out of Google Compute Engine. Cloud CDN lowers network latency, offloads origins, and reduces serving costs. Once you've set up HTTP(S) Load Balancing, simply enable Cloud CDN with a single checkbox.

Fastly and Google Cloud CDN can be categorized as "Content Delivery Network" tools.

Some of the features offered by Fastly are:

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

On the other hand, Google Cloud CDN provides the following key features:

  • Anycast
  • Invalidation
  • HTTP/2

Twitter, reddit, and Slack are some of the popular companies that use Fastly, whereas Google Cloud CDN is used by Teleport, Resource Guru, and Trell. Fastly has a broader approval, being mentioned in 96 company stacks & 11 developers stacks; compared to Google Cloud CDN, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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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.

What is Google Cloud CDN?

Google Cloud CDN leverages Google's globally distributed edge caches to accelerate content delivery for websites and applications served out of Google Compute Engine. Cloud CDN lowers network latency, offloads origins, and reduces serving costs. Once you've set up HTTP(S) Load Balancing, simply enable Cloud CDN with a single checkbox.
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    What are some alternatives to Fastly and Google Cloud CDN?
    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鈥檚 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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    Decisions about Fastly and Google Cloud CDN
    Justin Dorfman
    Justin Dorfman
    Developer Evangelist at StackShare | 4 upvotes 28.2K 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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    Reviews of Fastly and Google Cloud CDN
    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 Fastly and Google Cloud CDN
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    alfredxing uses FastlyFastly

    CDN and caching

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