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CenturyLink versus Verizon Media

Easily compare CenturyLink and Verizon Media 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 Verizon Media
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. The Verizon Media Platform is a division of Verizon. In 2013, Verizon acquired EdgeCast's Content Delivery Network (CDN) along with upLynk's video workflow technology to create a next-generation platform. This platform streamlines the streaming video workflow including encoding, SSAI and delivery, plus accelerates and secures websites and content for broadcasters, retailers and enterprises.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product CenturyLink Verizon Media
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... No Yes Network
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes Network
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Network
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Live Events
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Encode
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization No Yes Dynamic Imaging
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No Yes DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall No Yes Web Application Firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Yes DDoS
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Sortof/partially Edge Compute
tooltip Rules and Lua scripting

Network

Region CenturyLink Verizon Media
North America 29 16
Latin America 9 13
Europe 36 15
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 7 12
China 0 100
Oceania 4 3
Middle-East 4 3
Africa 3 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration CenturyLink Verizon Media
Minimum contract term 12 months Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
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 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 Verizon Media
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Sortof/partially Available through Microsoft Azure
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Yes A few 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 Anycasted network (regional)
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 Configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Extra costs Single POP shield or multiple. Full control
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Extra costs Origin Storage
Cache control - CDN caching Sortof/partially Yes Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Sortof/partially Yes Full and granular control
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 No longer than 1 min, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Yes Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension
Analytics Yes Yes Real-time, with many metrics in the UI
Log files Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Yes < 60 seconds
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection CenturyLink Verizon Media
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 Non-SNI. Pricing is custom. Wildcard possible
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs Pricing is custom
Token authentication Extra costs Yes Included as core feature
Geo blocking Extra costs Yes Included as core feature
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Yes Included as core feature
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Extra costs Supported via special configuration
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes Included as core feature

Support

Customer support CenturyLink Verizon Media
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 and phone support.