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CenturyLink versus Medianova

Easily compare CenturyLink and Medianova 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 Medianova
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. Medianova is originally a Turkey CDN, but in the last few years has grown quickly to become a global player with a strong presence in Europe. Medianova uses modern technologies like their patent pending Dockerized CDN Platform, HTTP/2, BBR and Brotli.

Products

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Product CenturyLink Medianova
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Yes Dynamic Site Acceleration
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 Internet Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Video on Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization No Yes Image Optimization
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No
WAFWeb Application Firewall No No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes Private CDN
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region CenturyLink Medianova
North America 29 7
Latin America 9 1
Europe 36 13
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia excl. China 7 2
China 0 0
Oceania 4 1
Middle-East 4 5
Africa 3 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CenturyLink Medianova
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Varies by product and service
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 Confidential, market competitive
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Confidential, market competitive
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Not applicable

Features

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Web acceleration CenturyLink Medianova
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 One to three minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast Yes
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 Compress on the fly. Brotli support!
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
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Yes FTP, SFTP, Rsync
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 Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instant. Purge all may take up to 1 minute
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge file paths, purge all
Analytics Yes Yes Near real-time
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Yes Not by default, only on request
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, encoding
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink Medianova
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 SNI
Token authentication Extra costs Yes
Geo blocking Extra costs Yes Streaming
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Yes Streaming
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown No
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes Streaming

Support

Customer support CenturyLink Medianova
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Yes All customers get 24/7 email support with 3 minutes response time and access to Technical Account Managers