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CenturyLink versus CDNvideo

Easily compare CenturyLink and CDNvideo 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 CDNvideo
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. 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.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CenturyLink CDNvideo
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Unknown
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes Website 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 Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Video On Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Unknown
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Unknown
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Unknown
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Unknown
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

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

Pricing

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

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CenturyLink CDNvideo
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Yes 5 minutes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Sortof/partially 5 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 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
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. Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip IP address as origin is possible
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 Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Extra costs Upload via web interface. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Sortof/partially Yes
Cache control - client caching Sortof/partially Yes
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 Purging takes a few minutes
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 Sortof/partially 1-5 minutes delay
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Sortof/partially Download from the UI
tooltip Logs are ~ 30 minutes delayed
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics and configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink CDNvideo
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No Yes Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Yes Free
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 CDNvideo
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, the Starters Guide is available to the public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Yes All customers get 24/7 email, Skype and phone support