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AdvancedHosting versus Lumen

Easily compare AdvancedHosting and Lumen for POP locations, products, pricing, features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these content delivery networks.

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Company

Company AdvancedHosting Lumen
Short profile AdvancedHosting provides dedicated servers, cloud servers, cloud storage, CDN, AnycastDNS, DevOps as a Service and domain registration since 2002. The CDN has ~25 POPs on 4 continents, supporting delivery of video and static assets. Lumen (formerly known as Centurlink or Level 3) owns and operates a global Tier-1 network and - logically - their CDN runs on top of it. Lumen CDN has POPs on many continents and their product focus is on video, large object delivery and edge computing.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product AdvancedHosting Lumen
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Yes CDN Edge Compute
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes CDN for Static Content Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes CDN for Video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN for Video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No Yes part of CDN Edge Compute
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Anycast DNS Unknown
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. No Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers No Yes Edge Compute

Network

Region AdvancedHosting Lumen
North America 9 28
Latin America 2 10
Europe 9 35
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 3 7
China 0 0
Oceania 0 5
Middle-East 0 4
Africa 0 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration AdvancedHosting Lumen
Minimum contract term None Unknown
Minimum monthly costs $0.01 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps Unknown

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration AdvancedHosting Lumen
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No Not yet, but coming soon.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially 2 to 3 minutes (video takes longer) Sortof/partially No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Video: only pull over HTTP
Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Can be different from origin host
tooltip Video: only origin Host
Yes Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Free. Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs $25/TB Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Origin or CDN controlled Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes Origin or CDN controlled Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially A few minutes Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge specific files, purge all (not for VideoCDN) Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Sortof/partially Cache hit ratio and error rate not yet available Yes
Log files No Available on request (support ticket) Yes
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection AdvancedHosting Lumen
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Sortof/partially Let's Encrypt with auto-renewal. CDN handles all. Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Can be an EV certificate. Free. Yes
Token authentication Yes Antihotlink protection Yes
Geo blocking Sortof/partially VideoCDN only Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Set allow and/or block list. Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Yes
IP white/blacklisting Sortof/partially VideoCDN only Yes

Support

Customer support AdvancedHosting Lumen
Documentation Sortof/partially API docs and VoD API docs Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes Ticket system, Skype and email support is free. Unknown