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CenturyLink versus G-Core Labs

Easily compare CenturyLink and G-Core Labs 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 G-Core Labs
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. G-Core Labs is a global CDN with a strong POP map in Russia and CIS. They acquired SkyparkCDN in 2017. G-Core Labs is headquartered in Luxembourg, with offices in Moscow, Minsk and Perm.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CenturyLink G-Core Labs
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
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
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 No
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Yes WAF
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 Unknown

Network

Region CenturyLink G-Core Labs
North America 29 12
Latin America 9 6
Europe 36 12
Russia & CIS 0 27
Asia excl. China 7 5
China 0 0
Oceania 4 2
Middle-East 4 3
Africa 3 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CenturyLink G-Core Labs
Minimum contract term 12 months Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $250
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.05 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.05 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.05 per GB

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CenturyLink G-Core Labs
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 Yes ~30 seconds
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 Custom solution (host your DNS zone ...)
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
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 Can be different from origin host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Yes Currently in beta
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 Sortof/partially Origin headers are inherited
Cache control - client caching Sortof/partially Sortof/partially Origin headers are inherited
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 A few minutes
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Yes Purge all, directory and file type
Analytics Yes Yes Many metrics, real-time updates
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Yes Real-time streaming of logs to your server (Syslog)
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink G-Core Labs
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Yes Manage self in control panel
Token authentication Extra costs Yes Secure Token
Geo blocking Extra costs Yes Country Access Policy
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Yes Referer Access Policy
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown No
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes IP Access Policy

Support

Customer support CenturyLink G-Core Labs
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Yes Phone, chat and email support is free and available 24/7