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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 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

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

Network

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

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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  • Extra costs = Extra costs
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Web acceleration Akamai Lumen
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. No Not yet, but coming soon.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown 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 Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Yes
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 Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Yes
Cache control - client caching Unknown 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 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
API Unknown Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai Lumen
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown Yes
Token authentication Unknown Yes
Geo blocking Unknown Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Yes
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes

Support

Customer support Akamai Lumen
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Unknown Unknown