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CenturyLink versus QUANTIL

Easily compare CenturyLink and QUANTIL 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 QUANTIL
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. QUANTIL launched their CDN services in 2012. They have a strong focus on live stream delivery with continued support for RTMP, L-HLS, HDS, HTTP TS and HTTP FLV. QUANTIL has a full-featured IPv4+IPv6 network and a big network of POPs in 34 countries including mainland China (ChinaNetCenter).

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CenturyLink QUANTIL
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Yes Website 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 Download Acceleration
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Live Stream Acceleration
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Video On Demand Acceleration
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Yes
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Yes Cloud Security
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Unknown
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region CenturyLink QUANTIL
North America 29 10
Latin America 9 0
Europe 36 6
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia excl. China 7 22
China 0 550
Oceania 4 3
Middle-East 4 4
Africa 3 6

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CenturyLink QUANTIL
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $1000
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 Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CenturyLink QUANTIL
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. No
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Sortof/partially Depends on number of POPs turned on
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast Extra costs Purchase auth DNS that integrates with their CDN
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
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS. Yes
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 Sortof/partially Custom config, done by their support team
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Extra costs One-time $500 setup fee, $150/TB per month
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 Sortof/partially Custom config, done by their support team
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Sortof/partially Sometimes takes up to 10 min
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Yes
Analytics Yes Yes Many metrics. API outputs near real-time data. The customer portal is updated every 1-2 hours
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Sortof/partially Delay is 1-3 hours. Download through API or from portal
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Sortof/partially XML output
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink QUANTIL
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing
Token authentication Extra costs Yes
tooltip Available for ingress and egress points of the CDN. MD5 and SHA256
Geo blocking Extra costs Yes
tooltip Customers can provide a list regions and/or countries to whitelist and/or blacklist
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
tooltip Whitelist and/or blacklist IP address. Self-configure.

Support

Customer support CenturyLink QUANTIL
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, but not everything is public. API docs are public.
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Sortof/partially Standard support (Monday to Friday, 9-6 pm PST) for small customers, and emergency support (24/7) for large customers. Support Availability.