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BelugaCDN versus CenturyLink

Easily compare BelugaCDN 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 BelugaCDN CenturyLink
Short profile BelugaCDN launched their services in 2015 and is a pay-as-you-go, low-cost CDN provider. They have a full-featured IPv4+IPv6 network and POPs on 5 continents. 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
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product BelugaCDN CenturyLink
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No No
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Sortof/partially Only delivery of the HTTP video streams, no transcoding or transmuxing Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Pseudo-streaming (progressive streaming), byte range requests support Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No
WAFWeb Application Firewall No No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. No Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Available upon request. Extra costs apply No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region BelugaCDN CenturyLink
North America 13 29
Latin America 1 9
Europe 4 36
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 5 7
China 0 0
Oceania 1 4
Middle-East 0 4
Africa 0 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration BelugaCDN CenturyLink
Minimum contract term None 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $5 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests 5000 requests per GB included. Overages $0.0035 per 10k requests None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.01 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration BelugaCDN CenturyLink
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes 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 Often instant, sometimes a few minutes Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Sortof/partially Global Anycasted IP available, but Beluga recommends against it 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 Compress on the fly 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 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 Extra costs Available upon request Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Available upon request Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Honor origin sent headers or configure overrides Sortof/partially
Cache control - client caching Yes Sortof/partially
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble No Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all and purge using regex Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes All metrics are aggregated every 10 seconds, exported in real-time Yes
Log files Extra costs Real-time export to Elastic Search or Redis. FTP.
tooltip 10 million requests/month free, $0.50/million events exported overage
Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection BelugaCDN CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate No Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Free (SNI)
tooltip TLS support includes full TLS Dynamic Record Sizing and ECDSA support per Q1 2017
Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Unknown

Support

Customer support BelugaCDN CenturyLink
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes Basic support (setup & troubleshooting: M-F, 9AM-5PM EST) is included for all accounts. Platinum (monthly spend more than $500) accounts receive priority. Enterprise customers receive phone support (w/ custom SLA). Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support