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BaishanCloud versus CenturyLink

Easily compare BaishanCloud 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 BaishanCloud CenturyLink
Short profile BaishanCloud is a leading provider of cloud data services in China and around the world. As the only service provider based in China to be recognized by Gartner as possessing 'global' network capabilities, BaishanCloud is one of the fastest growing companies in the CDN space. 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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product BaishanCloud CenturyLink
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Acceleration No
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Cloud Delivery Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Cloud Delivery Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Streaming Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Streaming Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Yes Cloud Delivery No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Available in Q4 2020 No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Cloud Security No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Cloud Security Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region BaishanCloud CenturyLink
North America 11 29
Latin America 1 9
Europe 6 36
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 18 7
China 400 0
Oceania 4 4
Middle-East 2 4
Africa 1 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration BaishanCloud 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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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration BaishanCloud CenturyLink
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Account creation requires a BaishanCloud employee's assistance No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially 30 minutes Unknown
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 No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
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? Yes Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
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 Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Yes Upload in the portal or via API Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Sortof/partially
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control Sortof/partially
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Cache-Control extensions support Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instantly (<1 second) Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all, purge by directory, soft purge Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Many metrics in the UI Yes
Log files Yes Available for download in Portal or via API. Format can be customized. Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, configuration, analytics, logs Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection BaishanCloud CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom. Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Pricing is custom Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Not self-service, support is needed Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Not self-service, support is needed Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Not self-service, support is needed Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Not self-service, support is needed Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Not self-service, support is needed Unknown

Support

Customer support BaishanCloud CenturyLink
Documentation Sortof/partially Good documentation but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes 24/7 email support and phone support. Multiple support packages are available Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support