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Online Luxury Marketplace

New York, NY

Customer since: June 2014

Favorite Features

Custom VCL
Stale-While-Revalidate Support
Stale-If-Error Support
Real-time Log Streaming

Why Fastly

Real-time configuration changes
Instant Purge

About 1stdibs

1stdibs is the world’s leading online marketplace for rare and desirable objects. By bringing together more than 2,000 of the best professional dealers specializing in design, fine art, and collectibles, the ecommerce site allows users to shop the most beautiful things on Earth anywhere, any time. In 2014, 1stdibs’ gross merchandise volume was 1.1 billion, a 20% increase year-over-year.

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Why Fastly

For 1stdibs, a fast and reliable site is critical for its global base of customers. That’s why 1stdibs selected Fastly. 1stdibs had worked with a variety of content delivery solutions, but found that traditional CDNs couldn’t effectively handle modern threats. They sought a CDN that could adapt to rapid changes on the internet and provide the advanced security capabilities necessary to mitigate future attacks without sacrificing granular control.

“Fastly changes how we think about infrastructure. It acts as an extension of 1stdibs’ stack, giving us the benefits of instant configurability changes and log streaming, which outweigh anything other CDNs offer.” Ross Paul, CTO

Securing against attacks

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“Fastly’s technology allows us to handle attacks better than anything else while still giving us control. With Fastly, we have a CDN that gives us the ability to provide uninterrupted service in the event of another attack.”

1stdibs moved to Fastly after a DDoS attack, which caused a brief site outage. Despite knowing the malicious IP addresses, their previous CDN took over two hours to block them. On Fastly, 1stdibs can push logic normally performed at the origin to the edge, allowing them to block low-level layer three and four attacks, as well as defend against complex layer seven or application layer attacks. This includes analyzing the full HTTP request (headers, cookies, request path) and pushing filtering to the far more scalable edge or caching layer, protecting the origin.

Because attackers often change their methods during an attack, a DDoS protection solution must allow sites to quickly adapt to these new techniques. That’s where the power of Varnish, the state-of-the-art web accelerator designed for dynamic content (such as websites, APIs, and mobile applications), and Varnish Configuration Language (VCL) are critical. 1stdibs can update their VCL to block new attack methods, and deploy those updates across the Fastly network within seconds.