Fastly vs MetaCDN: What are the differences?
Developers describe Fastly 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. On the other hand, MetaCDN is detailed as "Multi-CDN that combines existing CDN networks and directs individual users to the fastest CDN provider in their region". MetaCDN harnesses and combines existing CDN networks. We offer a truly global CDN network and our patent pending technology dynamically selects the CDN provider which will be fastest for individual users.
Fastly and MetaCDN 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, MetaCDN provides the following key features:
- Global network of 110+ PoPs. We combine multiple CDN providers into one global network. Our current suppliers are: EdgeCast, Amazon CloudFront, and Fastly.
- Content is served from the fastest provider for individual users.
- Extremely reliable. If one provider goes down, we will start serving content from the second fastest provider.
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