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Akamai versus Lumen

Easily compare Akamai 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 Akamai Lumen
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. Lumen (formerly known as Centurylink 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

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Product Akamai Lumen
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Dynamic Site Accelerator CDN Edge Compute
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Ion CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Download Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Adaptive Media Delivery CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Image & Video Manager part of CDN Edge Compute
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Edge DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Web Application Protector WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Kona DDoS Defender Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers EdgeWorkers Edge Compute

Network

How many POP locations do Akamai and Lumen have in different parts of the world?

Region Akamai Lumen
North America ? 28
Latin America ? 11
Europe ? 35
Russia & CIS ? 0
Asia excl. China ? 7
China ? 0
Oceania ? 5
Middle-East ? 4
Africa ? 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai Lumen
Minimum contract term 12 months Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Unknown
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 Lumen
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Not yet, but coming soon.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? 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 If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain Available with Section product for an additional fee
HTTP/2
WebSockets WebSockets docs
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6?
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? HTTP and HTTPS HTTP and HTTPS.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? 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
Waiting RoomDuring peak traffic, route users to a virtual waiting room Virtual Waiting Room
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching
Cache control - client caching
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Instant
Purge - capabilities Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics
Log files
API Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai Lumen
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN
Token authentication
Geo blocking
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content
IP white/blacklisting

Support

Customer support Akamai Lumen
Documentation Akamai techdocs Yes, but not public
Humans