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Akamai versus CenturyLink

Easily compare Akamai and CenturyLink 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 Akamai CenturyLink
Short profile Akamai is one of the oldest CDNs and generally considered to be the largest global CDN. They have 'servers everywhere' and a wide range of products and services. The company is actively involved in Let's Encrypt and is pushing HTTP/2 adoption. CenturyLink owns and operates a global Tier-1 network and - logically - their CDN runs on top of it. CenturyLink CDN has POPs on all continents and their product focus is on video and large object delivery. CenturyLink CDN is part of the Google Cloud CDN Interconnect.

Products

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Product Akamai CenturyLink
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Site Accelerator No
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Ion Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Download Delivery Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Adaptive Media Delivery Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Image & Video Manager No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Edge DNS No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Protector No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Kona DDoS Defender Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes EdgeWorkers Unknown

Network

Region Akamai CenturyLink
North America Unknown 29
Latin America Unknown 9
Europe Unknown 36
Russia & CIS Unknown 0
Asia excl. China Unknown 7
China Unknown 0
Oceania Unknown 4
Middle-East Unknown 4
Africa Unknown 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai CenturyLink
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

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Web acceleration Akamai CenturyLink
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on 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 Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Unknown 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 Unknown Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Sortof/partially
Cache control - client caching Unknown Sortof/partially
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Unknown Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Unknown Yes
Log files Unknown Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Unknown Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown Extra costs
Token authentication Unknown Extra costs
Geo blocking Unknown Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Unknown

Support

Customer support Akamai CenturyLink
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Unknown Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support