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CacheFly versus Lumen

Easily compare CacheFly 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 CacheFly Lumen
Short profile Launched in 2002, CacheFly developed the world's first TCP-anycast based content delivery network. CacheFly has a focus on optimizing the CDN for throughput and has steadily built out the network to now have 50+ POPs on 6 continents. CacheFly provides a 100% uptime SLA and takes pride in acting as 'consultants to our customers'. 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 CacheFly Lumen
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Yes CDN Edge Compute
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Ultra Low Latency Video Streaming Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes VoD Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Smart Image Optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Unknown
WAFWeb Application Firewall Unknown Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Unknown Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Fully custom solution Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Sortof/partially Custom solutions available for edge scripting Yes Edge Compute

Network

Region CacheFly Lumen
North America 17 28
Latin America 11 10
Europe 14 35
Russia & CIS 2 0
Asia excl. China 7 7
China 2 0
Oceania 3 5
Middle-East 5 4
Africa 1 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CacheFly Lumen
Minimum contract term 1 month Unknown
Minimum monthly costs $595 (35 TB/m) Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests No Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) n/a Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) n/a Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) n/a Unknown

Features

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Web acceleration CacheFly Lumen
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No No Not yet, but coming soon.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially 5 - 180s depending on the change 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 Must purchase dedicated IP
tooltip Or use DNS provider that can do CNAME flattening
No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? No 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
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible
Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Set specific Host header value or forward value from client to edge request 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 Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP. Some storage free, more storage available at additional costs Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes Origin headers are forwarded to client. Can config overrides Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes CacheFly support team can activate this edge behaviour Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant (under 5s) Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory, not by tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Near real-time, lots of metrics Yes
Log files Extra costs Pull via FTP or have pushed to customer endpoint
tooltip Logs are 5 minutes delayed
Yes
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection CacheFly Lumen
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Custom pricing Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs EV cert and/or Non-SNI possible Yes
Token authentication Yes Self-service activation/configuration Yes
Geo blocking Yes Self-service activation/configuration. Predefined and custom rules Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Extra costs Available in a Custom/Private CDN scenario Yes
IP white/blacklisting Yes Custom rules can be scripted (by support team at no extra charge) Yes

Support

Customer support CacheFly Lumen
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support and a dedicated implementation/solutions engineer. Extra support ('Elite managed') available at a fee with SLA for support response time Unknown