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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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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 MetaCDN?

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.
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      What are some alternatives to Fastly and MetaCDN?
      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 MetaCDN
      Justin Dorfman
      Justin Dorfman
      Developer Evangelist at StackShare | 4 upvotes 36.2K 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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      Reviews of Fastly and MetaCDN
      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.

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