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CenturyLink versus SwiftServe

Easily compare CenturyLink and SwiftServe 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 SwiftServe
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. SwiftServe CDN, operated by Conversant, has a strong POP presence in Asia and especially Indonesia. Their services include web acceleration, file download optimisation, video on demand (VoD) and live streaming. Conversant operates the largest CDN Federation in Asia.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CenturyLink SwiftServe
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 No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes No
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region CenturyLink SwiftServe
North America 29 2
Latin America 9 0
Europe 36 1
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 7 20
China 0 1
Oceania 4 0
Middle-East 4 0
Africa 3 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CenturyLink SwiftServe
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration CenturyLink SwiftServe
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 15 minutes
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 No
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 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
Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs No
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Sortof/partially FTP or upload in portal. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Sortof/partially Yes Set override caching rules. Per file type.
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 No
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Up to 15 minutes
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge file, all and by directory
Analytics Yes Sortof/partially Updated daily or hourly (premium)
tooltip No metrics per config/zone
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Extra costs Logs are daily
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink SwiftServe
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs No
Token authentication Extra costs Yes
Geo blocking Extra costs Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown No
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown No
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes

Support

Customer support CenturyLink SwiftServe
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Yes All customers get email support. 24/7 phone support is available (costs extra)