Cloudflare vs. Fastly Edge Cloud Platform

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cloudflare
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Cloudflare, from the company of the same name in San Francisco, provides DDoS and bot mitigation security for business domains, as well as a content delivery network (CDN) and web application firewall (WAF).
$20
per month
Fastly Edge Cloud Platform
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
Fastly, headquartered in San Francisco, offers the Fastly Edge Cloud Computing, Content Delivery Network (CDN) (formerly Fastly Deliver@Edge). Priced by bandwidth in gigabytes and number of file requests, Fastly supports image optimization, video and streaming, load balancing, and cloud security via web application firewall (WAF) and DDoS protection. Additionally, Fastly is available as a managed CDN.
$0
per 10,000 requests
Pricing
CloudflareFastly Edge Cloud Platform
Editions & Modules
Pro
$20
per month
Business
$200
per month
Free
Free
Enterprise
Contact sales team
Requests
$0
per 10,000 requests
Next 10TB
$0.08
per GB/per reigon
First 10TB
$0.12
per GB/per reigon
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CloudflareFastly Edge Cloud Platform
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
CloudflareFastly Edge Cloud Platform
Considered Both Products
Cloudflare
Chose Cloudflare
Cloudflare is the best option for my business for my use cases aligns exactly with what Cloudflare provides. Fastly only offers 1 month of free trial while AWS Route 53 is heavily integrated with AWS cloud. I want the flexibility to launch my own VPS and have a CDN, DDoS …
Chose Cloudflare
In my opinion it is the best one to manage and has a lot of resources written for you to be able to grasp any concept that you might need help in. It is a tool that you can handle alone if you have the basic knowledge.
Chose Cloudflare
Cost-efficient and easy to use. Developer-friendly, unlike Fastly which is very complex to use. Several products combined in the same offering making it a single tool to solve several problems like CDN, Image Management, DDOS Prevention, Smart Network Routing.
Chose Cloudflare
CloudFlare shines in a situation where you need a low-cost solution that can be un-integrated with other aspects of your deployment. For websites that have larger DDoS risk, their DDoS solutions are also attractive. Up-market, their enterprise offerings are on par with services …
Fastly Edge Cloud Platform
Top Pros
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Best Alternatives
CloudflareFastly Edge Cloud Platform
Small Businesses

No answers on this topic

Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 8.7 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
BIG-IP
BIG-IP
Score 9.0 out of 10
Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 8.7 out of 10
Enterprises
BIG-IP
BIG-IP
Score 9.0 out of 10
Amazon CloudFront
Amazon CloudFront
Score 8.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
CloudflareFastly Edge Cloud Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(160 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.7
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.4
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.4
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(129 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.7
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.3
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.4
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
CloudflareFastly Edge Cloud Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
Cloudflare
It is easy to set up, and within 10 minutes it is up and running. You can add many domains in one dashboard. So no need for a separate Cloudflare account. I can access all my domain DNS, and customize/add it further. For example by adding the Google Webmaster DNS key or my email provider.
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Fastly
The service is really well-suited for pretty much any site that is primarily display-driven (that is, mostly GET requests). The network is able to handle massive volumes of traffic and their POPs have spread out pretty much anywhere that it's easy to get them (so basically everywhere but China and Russia). My team witnessed several large-scale attack attempts on some high-profile websites (attacks in the 10s of millions of requests per second) that were mitigated before ever coming back to the actual application; in one case we didn't realize the attack had happened until we looked at the logs the next day. Because it's a cache store option, the default configuration does not cache POST responses, and it can be difficult to set up things like authenticated paywalls as a result.
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Pros
Cloudflare
  • Registrar and DNS services are impeccable, with registrations done at cost and without ADs. DNS services setting standards for speed of resolution.
  • DDOS protection. With their content distribution network to back them they have the bandwidth and tools to be both proactive and reactive to bad actors.
  • WAF - Their Web Application Firewall helps mitigate common site vulnerabilities and has active zero-day protection running for breaking exploits
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Fastly
  • Very performant and fast -- major companies have drastically reduced page load times with Fastly's edge technology.
  • Support for many types of media, including video.
  • Image add-on makes serving and manipulating images very simple.
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Cons
Cloudflare
  • In some cases, using Cloudflare can actually lead to slower website speeds if the network is congested or if the website's traffic is particularly heavy.
  • Some website owners may find that the level of customization offered by Cloudflare is limited, especially in comparison to other solutions.
  • While Cloudflare is easy to set up and manage, it may be too complex for users who are not familiar with web technologies.
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Fastly
  • WAF is hard to configure.
  • No comprehensive rate limiting without a pricey upgrade.
  • Account access controls are extremely limited.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cloudflare
lower cost
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Fastly
No answers on this topic
Usability
Cloudflare
Everything is extremely concise and all settings apply immediately and take effect globally. There is no reason to explicitly plan/think in terms of individual regions as one would have to traditional cloud offerings (AWS, OCI, Azure). All Cloudflare products integrate seamless as part of a single pipeline that executes from request to response.
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Fastly
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
Cloudflare
In 6+ years of relying on Cloudflare, I think we experienced one or two brief outages that were Cloudflare's fault.
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Fastly
No answers on this topic
Performance
Cloudflare
Their Argo for the global network is the core feature we love.
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Fastly
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Cloudflare
We really like to talk to a person on the phone or using chat. But the system is very slow and sending to much email to get the issue solve. Something we don't like to spend time writing on the community forum our issue because we don't want to share detail information of our POC.
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Fastly
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Cloudflare
Very well executed implementation where our team was able to handle the implementation with guidance.
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Fastly
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Cloudflare
Firebase can be a good starter for basic projects but as I scaled up, I found it lacking the maturity Cloudflare has. Naturaly, I opted for Cloudflare for bigger projects. I still use Firebase, but for small scale hobby projects only.
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Fastly
It’s the fastest and most configurable.
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Scalability
Cloudflare
They are built for scale and have the capacity to handle all the traffic we could ever expect to get.
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Fastly
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Cloudflare
  • A lot of requests are cached and so egress costs from downstream providers are mitigated.
  • DDoS protection has also managed to keep our site up and our cloud computing bill down.
  • Setting up a proxy with a worker made putting various Google Cloud Functions running behind a single URL very easy and performant. Plus they offer API Shield on top of this.
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Fastly
  • Fastly dramatically reduces load times for clients all over the world thanks to their global system of POPs.
  • Fastly is a cost-effective choice when a highly-performant CDN is required and makes it simple to support data that is quickly invalidated.
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