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CenturyLink versus CDNetworks

Easily compare CenturyLink and CDNetworks 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 CDNetworks
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. Founded in 2000, CDNetworks has been in the content delivery space longer than most other CDNs. CDNetworks always had, and still has, a strong focus on emerging markets like Brazil and Russia. CDNetworks has a wide range of content delivery/acceleration and security products.

Products

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Product CenturyLink CDNetworks
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Yes Dynamic Web Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes Content Acceleration
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Media Acceleration
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Media Acceleration
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization No Yes Cloud Image Optimization
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Yes Cloud DNS+
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Yes Web Application Firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Yes DDoS Mitigation
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Yes Edge Computing Platform

Network

Region CenturyLink CDNetworks
North America 29 11
Latin America 9 7
Europe 36 13
Russia & CIS 0 17
Asia excl. China 7 20
China 0 20
Oceania 4 1
Middle-East 4 9
Africa 3 4

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CenturyLink CDNetworks
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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Web acceleration CenturyLink CDNetworks
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 Sortof/partially ~ 15 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 Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 No 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
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
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 Extra costs Multiple POPs can act as shield
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Extra costs
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
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Sortof/partially Completion time is 5 - 10 minutes
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Yes Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension
Analytics Yes Yes
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Yes
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink CDNetworks
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
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs
Token authentication Extra costs Yes
Geo blocking Extra costs Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Yes
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes

Support

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