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CDN77 versus CenturyLink

Easily compare CDN77 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 CDN77 CenturyLink
Short profile CDN77 provides a solid set of content delivery products and solutions all over the world, with 33 PoPs on 5 continents. CDN77 is an innovation frontrunner known to be among the first providers to offer features such as TLS 1.3, Brotli or HTTP/2. They also offer real-time support provided by in-house engineers 24/7 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 CDN77 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? Yes Live streaming Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video delivery Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDOS Mitigation Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Private CDN No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region CDN77 CenturyLink
North America 9 29
Latin America 1 9
Europe 13 36
Russia & CIS 2 0
Asia excl. China 6 7
China 0 0
Oceania 1 4
Middle-East 1 4
Africa 1 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CDN77 CenturyLink
Minimum contract term None 12 months
Minimum monthly costs No, but minimum is $149/yr Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.049 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.125 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.185 per GB Unknown

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CDN77 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? Yes 3 minutes Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No Non-Anycasted network No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Sortof/partially Edge server accepts IPv6 requests but replies via IPv4. Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Compress on the fly. Brotli support!
tooltip Origin don't need to support Brotli
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 Custom port number can be configured
Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Possible to set a specific Host header for communications with 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 Free. Must be enabled/configured via support Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Origin sent headers override CDN config rules Sortof/partially
Cache control - client caching Yes Their support team is needed 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 Instant. Purge all may take up to 3 mins. Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes 5 to 10 minutes delayed. Yes
Log files Extra costs $49/month/CDN Resource. FTP, SFTP, rsync.
tooltip Logs are only 5 minutes delayed
Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection CDN77 CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free (not SNI) No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Let's Encrypt is free (SNI), or $99/year for SAN in their cert (no SNI) Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Free (SNI) Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Their support team is needed Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Their support team is needed Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Their support team is needed Unknown

Support

Customer support CDN77 CenturyLink
Documentation Yes Yes, public. API docs Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes All customers get real-time 24/7 support via email, phone, chat and Skype. Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support