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CenturyLink versus Akamai

Easily compare CenturyLink and Akamai 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 CenturyLink Akamai
Short profile 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. Akamai is one of the oldest CDNs and generally considered to be the largest global CDN. They have 'servers everywhere' and a wide range of products and services. The company is actively involved in Let's Encrypt and is pushing HTTP/2 adoption.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
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  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CenturyLink Akamai
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Yes Dynamic Site Accelerator
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes Ion
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Download Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Adaptive Media Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No Yes Image & Video Manager
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Yes Edge DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Yes Web Application Protector
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Yes Kona DDoS Defender
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Unknown
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Yes EdgeWorkers

Network

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

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CenturyLink Akamai
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

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  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CenturyLink Akamai
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 No Yes
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
Yes Resend from origin, or compress on 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
Unknown
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Sortof/partially Unknown
Cache control - client caching Sortof/partially Unknown
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Unknown Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Unknown
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Unknown
Analytics Yes Unknown
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Unknown
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink Akamai
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Unknown
Token authentication Extra costs Unknown
Geo blocking Extra costs Unknown
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Unknown

Support

Customer support CenturyLink Akamai
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Unknown