Fastly Announces Beta Version of the Compute@Edge Solution

Fastly, Inc., provider of an edge cloud platform, is launching the beta version of Compute@Edge, a new language-agnostic compute environment.

Fastly's Compute@Edge gives developers the freedom to push complex logic closer to end users, and reduces the time to innovate by allowing developers to focus on strategy that drives their companies forward.

Benefits of Compute@Edge, powered by Fastly’s WebAssembly compiler and runtime, include:

  • Instant scale, around the globe: Code is run around the world instead of a single region. This allows developers to reduce code execution latency and further optimize the performance of their code — without worrying about managing the underlying infrastructure.
  • Improved security posture: The unmatched speed at which the environment operates, combined with Fastly’s isolated sandboxing technology, reduces the risk of accidental data leakage. With a “burn-after-reading” approach to request memory, entire classes of vulnerabilities are eliminated.
  • Serverless compute environment: Fastly added tooling to support Rust as the second language – in addition to Varnish Configuration Language (VCL) – for Compute@Edge, due to its growing popularity in innovative, forward-thinking organizations. More languages will be added in the future.

Fastly has operated in the serverless market since its founding in 2011 through its Edge Cloud Platform, including products like Full Site Delivery, Load Balancer, DDoS, and Web Application Firewall (WAF). To date, Fastly’s serverless computing offering has focused on delivery-centric use cases via its VCL-powered programmable edge.

With the introduction of Compute@Edge, Fastly unlocks even more powerful and widely-applicable computing capabilities.

“When we started Fastly, we sought to build a platform with the power to realize the future of edge computing — from our software-defined modern network to our point of presence design, everything has led us to this point,” explained Tyler McMullen, CTO of Fastly. “With this launch, we’re excited to double down on that vision and work with enterprises to help them build truly complete applications in an environment that offers new levels of stability, security, and global scale."

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