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CDNvideo versus CenturyLink

Easily compare CDNvideo 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 CDNvideo CenturyLink
Short profile CDNvideo is a global CDN provider with a wide network of servers located on five continents and a part of Wangsu group owning the second largest CDN in the world (>86K servers + bandwidth of 42 TB/sec). Their specialties are live streaming, VoD, HTTP caching, transcoding and website acceleration. CDNvideo has developed an unlimited cloud storage and an HTML5 player enabling P2P streaming and 360-degree video demonstration. 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 CDNvideo CenturyLink
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Unknown No
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Website acceleration 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 On Demand Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Unknown No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Unknown Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region CDNvideo CenturyLink
North America 13 29
Latin America 7 9
Europe 11 36
Russia & CIS 37 0
Asia excl. China 23 7
China 100 0
Oceania 4 4
Middle-East 8 4
Africa 7 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CDNvideo CenturyLink
Minimum contract term 1 month 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $50 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) $0.05 Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.05 Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.05 Unknown

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CDNvideo CenturyLink
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes 5 minutes 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 5 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? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the 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 IP address as origin is possible
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 Unknown Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Upload via web interface. Storage costs apply Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes 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 Yes Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially Purging takes a few minutes 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 Sortof/partially 1-5 minutes delay Yes
Log files Sortof/partially Download from the UI
tooltip Logs are ~ 30 minutes delayed
Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics and configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection CDNvideo CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Free Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs 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 Yes Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Unknown

Support

Customer support CDNvideo CenturyLink
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, the Starters Guide is available to the public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email, Skype and phone support Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support