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CenturyLink versus BaishanCloud

Easily compare CenturyLink and BaishanCloud 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 BaishanCloud
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. BaishanCloud is a leading provider of cloud data services in China and around the world. As the only service provider based in China to be recognized by Gartner as possessing 'global' network capabilities, BaishanCloud is one of the fastest growing companies in the CDN space.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CenturyLink BaishanCloud
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Yes Dynamic Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes Cloud Delivery
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Cloud Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Streaming
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No Yes Cloud Delivery
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No Available in Q4 2020
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Yes Cloud Security
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Yes Cloud Security
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region CenturyLink BaishanCloud
North America 29 11
Latin America 9 1
Europe 36 6
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 7 18
China 0 400
Oceania 4 4
Middle-East 4 2
Africa 3 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CenturyLink BaishanCloud
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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CenturyLink BaishanCloud
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. No Account creation requires a BaishanCloud employee's assistance
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Sortof/partially 30 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast No
HTTP/2 No Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Yes
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
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
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
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 Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Yes Upload in the portal or via API
Cache control - CDN caching Sortof/partially Yes Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Sortof/partially Yes Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Unknown Yes Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instantly (<1 second)
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Yes Purge all, purge by directory, soft purge
Analytics Yes Yes Many metrics in the UI
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Yes Available for download in Portal or via API. Format can be customized.
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, configuration, analytics, logs
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink BaishanCloud
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs Pricing is custom
Token authentication Extra costs Yes Not self-service, support is needed
Geo blocking Extra costs Yes Not self-service, support is needed
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Yes Not self-service, support is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Yes Not self-service, support is needed
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes Not self-service, support is needed

Support

Customer support CenturyLink BaishanCloud
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Good documentation but not public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Yes 24/7 email support and phone support. Multiple support packages are available