Akamai vs Fastly comparison

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We performed a comparison between Akamai and Fastly based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two CDN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Akamai has a very established network of PoPs globally.""We can see how much traffic can be downloaded on the portal.""The solution is very sustainable and flexible.""The most valuable feature of Akamai is its ease of use and simple integration. Additionally, the solution has new aspects added to it regularly.""The solution's most valuable feature is that it has been quite helpful in our company, especially when it comes to applications needing updates frequently.""With 300 servers deployed worldwide, it's highly scalable and is the best web application firewall on the market.""The solution's technical support is very good...The installation phase of Akamai was easy.""Akamai is leveraged by many top-level businesses, ensuring reliability and support in case of outages or issues."

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"Support is good; the product works as advertised. We have a Slack connection with them. So we can basically ask for help, live, engage, and ring when they respond. Very quickly.""Compute@Edge features are valuable to me.""Fastly uses configuration versioning, where you can deploy a new version in less than one minute.""The product helps our organization to access sites located in different regions quickly.""Its initial setup process is straightforward.""Rate limiting is a good feature that protects from volumetric attacks."

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"Their support is very slow. If you file a support ticket, it takes a long time before it gets resolved.""It would be better if we could be notified about specific attacks.""Akamai could improve by providing its own cloud services. We have to use third-party cloud services at this time, such as Amazon AWS. The offering becomes a lot easier for an SMB if everything was in one single platform to be used for the services.""I'd like to see improvements in log files and data visualizations within the interface.""While it's great for solutions with high scalability, like global e-commerce, it's not really built for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). It has too many options and can be complex for SMBs to utilize.""When we open tickets, we have a delay in response times.""One area for improvement with Akamai could be pricing.""The product's scalability can be improved since certain shortcomings regarding the security part of the solution currently exist."

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"The solution's pricing could be better.""The product should provide improved bot detection and management.""It is missing a "staging" platform to deploy a test configuration with all of the real settings, which would allow us to properly test before putting it into production.""Support is not that great.""Fastly's customer service area needs improvement.""Stronger analytics would be helpful, like showing configurations that haven't served a certain amount of traffic in a while. With many properties, things can get lost track of - duplicates or unused configurations not properly decommissioned."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is a very expensive solution but it works well."
  • "Quite high in price, but equivalent to other enterprise products on the market"
  • "The price of Akamai could be less expensive."
  • "The solution's pricing is based on bandwidth."
  • "The solution can be one of the more expensive options, reflecting their established market position."
  • "Akamai is an expensive tool. Moreover, we have a pay-as-you-go model for additional features."
  • "It is an expensive product. The licensing costs for the solution are based on the usage. If we need premium support, we need to buy it from Akamai."
  • "The price of the solution depends upon its usage."
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  • "In my opinion, Fastly is priced competitively."
  • "It is an expensive solution."
  • "The solution is cheaper than other products in the market."
  • "I've generally found Fastly to be very competitive in pricing, especially around Compute@Edge."
  • "Fastly is less expensive than one of its competitors."
  • "The pricing has been very competitive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature in managing web traffic has been the ability to handle vertical scaling effectively.
    Top Answer:One area for improvement with Akamai could be pricing.
    Top Answer:Akamai is useful for web content delivery in business because it helps improve speed, reliability, and security. Caching content closer to users reduces latency and improves load times. This is… more »
    Top Answer:Support is good; the product works as advertised. We have a Slack connection with them. So we can basically ask for help, live, engage, and ring when they respond. Very quickly.
    Top Answer:Stronger analytics would be helpful like showing configurations that haven't served a certain amount of traffic in a while. With many properties, things can get lost track of - duplicates or unused… more »
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    Akamai is a powerful solution that aims to enhance the performance and reliability of websites and applications. With features like excellent performance, robust security measures, and efficient content delivery, it optimizes user experience. It also offers bandwidth optimization, caching, online asset security, and protection against DDoS attacks. Users value its wide network coverage and reliable customer support.

    Fastly helps the world’s most popular digital businesses keep pace with their customer expectations by delivering fast, secure, and scalable online experiences. Businesses trust Fastly’s edge cloud platform to accelerate the pace of technical innovation, mitigate evolving threats, and scale on demand.
    Sample Customers
    * **Amazon** * **Apple** * **AT&T** * **Bank of America** * **Capital One** * **Cisco** * **Coca-Cola** * **Delta Air Lines** * **Disney** * **Ebay** * **Facebook** * **Google** * **Home Depot** * **HP** * **IBM** * **Intel** * **JPMorgan Chase** * **LinkedIn** * **McDonald's** * **Microsoft** * **Netflix** * **Nike** * **Oracle** * **PayPal** * **Pinterest** * **Qualcomm** * **Rakuten** * **SAP** * **Spotify** * **Tesla** * **Toyota** * **Visa** * **Walmart** * **WeWork**
    Twitter, Airbnb, Alaska Airlines, Pinterest, Vimeo, The Guardian, The New York Times, Ticketmaster, The Drupal Association, Opera, about.com, imgur, Etsy, Foursquare, GitHub, New Relic, shopify, Shazam, Firebase
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Media Company13%
    Leisure / Travel Company13%
    Consumer Goods Company13%
    Educational Organization26%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise34%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business71%
    Large Enterprise29%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Akamai vs. Fastly
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai vs. Fastly and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    Akamai is ranked 3rd in CDN with 18 reviews while Fastly is ranked 7th in CDN with 6 reviews. Akamai is rated 9.0, while Fastly is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Akamai writes "An easy to setup product offering multiple useful functionalities under a single package". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fastly writes "An easily scalable and stable product that provides exceptional support". Akamai is most compared with Cloudflare, Azure Front Door, Imperva DDoS, Amazon CloudFront and AWS Global Accelerator, whereas Fastly is most compared with Cloudflare, AWS WAF, Amazon CloudFront, F5 Advanced WAF and Imperva DDoS. See our Akamai vs. Fastly report.

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