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CenturyLink versus StackPath

Easily compare CenturyLink and StackPath 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 StackPath
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. StackPath launched in 2016 and promises global, high performance content delivery + top notch security (integrated web application firewall and DDoS mitigation) while keeping things simple, transparent and affordable. StackPath is developer-friendly with 24/7/365 support and a fully-documented API.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CenturyLink StackPath
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 Sortof/partially
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 Managed DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Yes Web Application Firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Yes DDoS Mitigation
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Sortof/partially Coming soon
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Yes Edge Compute

Network

Region CenturyLink StackPath
North America 29 14
Latin America 9 2
Europe 36 8
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 7 5
China 0 0
Oceania 4 2
Middle-East 4 0
Africa 3 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CenturyLink StackPath
Minimum contract term 12 months One month
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $10
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 $0.03 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.03 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.03 per GB

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CenturyLink StackPath
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 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
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
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 Yes Full and granular control with EdgeRules
Cache control - client caching Sortof/partially Yes Full and granular control with EdgeRules
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 Yes Instant!
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all
Analytics Yes Yes Real-time!
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Yes Only for larger volume plans
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink StackPath
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 Yes
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 Yes
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes

Support

Customer support CenturyLink StackPath
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Yes 24/7 phone and email support included in all plans. Higher volume plans get a dedicated technical account manager