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Fastly CDN Performance Compared to Cloud Providers

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Discover Fastly's groundbreaking CDN solutions challenging traditional cloud solution providers. Explore our exceptional CDN performance and cutting-edge features, setting new benchmarks for efficiency and productivity in the cloud landscape.

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faster time to first byte (TTFB) than other CDNs*

Looking to boost your website's performance, reduce costs, or get access to better features and support? Here are six reasons which set Fastly apart from other cloud providers.

1. Performance

  • Powerful POPs: Fastly employs fewer, more powerful POPs in strategic locations so your users get faster results.

  • Instant Purge: We invalidate stale content in 150ms on a global average1, outperforming traditional cloud providers. Cache highly dynamic content at the edge with Fastly for better performance.

2. Cost savings

  • Origin Shield: Fastly reduces origin traffic and egress costs by collapsing multiple redundant requests for the same content into one request to origin using Origin Shield.

  • Configurability: Our CDN is fully configurable using flexible APIs. Deploy configuration changes in seconds, without having to engage in costly Professional Services.

  • Reduced egress: If your origin servers are located with a cloud provider, you can benefit from reduced egress costs through our partner relationships.

3. Visibility

  • Real-time logs: We stream real-time graphs and logs from the edge for instant visibility into traffic, performance, security threats, and troubleshooting. Avoid  batch-based processing and extra charges with traditional cloud providers.

  • Logging integrations: Stream logs to your preferred logging provider to analyze requests and responses, diagnose issues, and understand customer engagement. Fastly integrates with an unprecedented 33 logging endpoints.

4. Multi-cloud broker

  • Load balancing: Fastly acts as a programmable arbiter to control and route traffic for extra redundancy and resilience. We support intelligent load balancing between cloud providers, facilitating instant failover if your primary origin goes down.

  • Flexibility: We support multi-cloud, hybrid-cloud, and on-premise architecture to give you flexibility when deciding on which core cloud services you want to use for storage, logging, compute, etc. 

5. Developer-friendly

  • DevOps toolchain: We enabled deep integration through our rich APIs that let you go from plan-to-monitor, by integrating the popular and frequently used DevOps tools.

  • CI/CD: Combined with our configurability and visibility, developers eliminate manual steps and limitations with a powerful CDN fully integrated with CI/CD options, including Terraform (IaC), API, GUI, and CLI to enhance your workflow and save time and money. 

  • Open Source: Through our Fast Forward program, Fastly shows its support of open source and open standards, part of our mission to build a better internet. You focus on building the next big thing. We’ll make it faster, safer, and better.

6. Support

Say goodbye to long ticket queues and endless support chains. With a 98% annual average customer satisfaction (CSAT) rate2 Fastly’s world-class support includes direct assistance from our engineers via chat and in-depth technical documentation.

Hear what our customers have to say

"Fastly allows us to get into the guts of our CDN; we can quickly configure things the way we need to configure them. With other providers, configuration was totally opaque — we’d have to go through customer support to get rules changed, and that’s pretty unwieldy and not very effective. Fastly has its own API, giving us ultimate flexibility."

Jason Swank, Technical Operations Lead, Sonatype

"Even for content that’s not cacheable, on Fastly, we’ve seen a reduction in time to first byte (TTFB) and an overall increase in performance for users, especially those that are further away from our origins."

Fred Hatfull, Engineering Manager, Yelp

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* Blog: Fastly is faster at time to first byte.

1 150ms mean purge time to clear cached content globally, as of December 31, 2022
2 98% annual average CSAT as of 9/30/2023

Meet a more powerful global network.

Our network is all about greater efficiency. With our strategically placed points of presence (POPs), you can scale on-demand and deliver seamlessly during major events and traffic spikes. Get the peace of mind that comes with truly reliable performance — wherever users may be browsing, watching, shopping, or doing business.

313 Tbps

Edge network capacity1

150 ms

Mean purge time2

>1.8 trillion

Daily requests served4

~90% of customers

Run Next-Gen WAF in blocking mode3

As of September 30, 2023

As of December 31, 2019

As of March 31, 2021

As of July 31, 2023

Support plans

Fastly offers several support plans to meet your needs: standard, gold and enterprise.


Free of charge and available as soon as you sign up with Fastly.


Proactive alerts for high-impact events, expedited 24/7 incident response times, and a 100% uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA) guarantee.


Gives you the added benefits of emergency escalation for support cases and 24/7 responses for inquiries (not just incidents).

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