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CenturyLink versus Leaseweb

Easily compare CenturyLink and Leaseweb 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 Leaseweb
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. Leaseweb has been an established player in the (enterprise) hosting market for many years and launched their CDN mid 2013. Leaseweb claims 'the most competitive price in the CDN market' and has a reseller program.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CenturyLink Leaseweb
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Sortof/partially
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 Extra costs Domain Protection
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Extra costs DDoS IP Protection
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes Private CDN
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

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

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CenturyLink Leaseweb
Minimum contract term 12 months One month
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $49
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 $0.06 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.06 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.06 per GB

Features

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  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CenturyLink Leaseweb
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. No Leaseweb needs 1 business day to get you started
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Yes Instant
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 No Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown No
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 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
Yes
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
Cache control - CDN caching Sortof/partially Sortof/partially Can set max-age override and set 404 caching TTL
Cache control - client caching Sortof/partially Sortof/partially
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Unknown Sortof/partially CDN serves cached if origin is down
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instant most of the time
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge per file and purge all
Analytics Yes Yes Bandwidth, geo distribution and more
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Sortof/partially One hour delay. Fetch via FTP
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink Leaseweb
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No Yes Free. 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
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 No
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes

Support

Customer support CenturyLink Leaseweb
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public KB
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Yes 24/7 personal support via telephone and email.