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CenturyLink versus CloudFront

Easily compare CenturyLink and CloudFront 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 CloudFront
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. CloudFront is the CDN of AWS (Amazon Web Services), the world's largest cloud services provider. CloudFront offers a mature set of content delivery products and has a big network of POPs on many continents. Solid documentation and APIs make CloudFront a developer-friendly CDN.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CenturyLink CloudFront
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Yes Dynamic Content Delivery
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes 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 CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Streaming Media
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Yes AWS Route53
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Yes AWS WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Yes AWS Shield
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Yes Lambda@Edge

Network

Region CenturyLink CloudFront
North America 29 24
Latin America 9 6
Europe 36 26
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 7 14
China 0 4
Oceania 4 4
Middle-East 4 4
Africa 3 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CenturyLink CloudFront
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown None
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None $0.0075 - $0.022 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None $0.02 - $0.16 per GB (free if origin is AWS)
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.085 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.14 per GB (India: $0.17)
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.11 per GB

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CenturyLink CloudFront
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Sortof/partially ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast Sortof/partially Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 No Yes HTTP/2 announcement (Sep 2016)
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Yes IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016)
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 CloudFront can compress many content types on the 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
Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Extra costs Origin Shield docs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply No
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 No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Yes Yes Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Sortof/partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink CloudFront
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No Yes Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Yes Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Extra costs Yes Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Extra costs Yes Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown No
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

Support

Customer support CenturyLink CloudFront
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public. API docs
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Extra costs Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs