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ChinaCache versus CenturyLink

Easily compare ChinaCache and CenturyLink 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 ChinaCache CenturyLink
Short profile Founded in 1998, publicly traded on NASDAQ (CCIH), ChinaCache is the first CDN in China and generally considered to be one of the better CDNs for China delivery because of their network, knowledge and experience from working with (enterprise) multinational customers. The ChinaCache network and services are not limited to mainland China and ChinaCache has been growing steadily outside China in the past years. 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.

Products

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

Network

Region ChinaCache CenturyLink
North America 8 29
Latin America 1 9
Europe 3 36
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 10 7
China 500 0
Oceania 0 4
Middle-East 1 4
Africa 1 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration ChinaCache CenturyLink
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 Unknown 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 ChinaCache CenturyLink
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially <5 minutes Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No Non-Anycasted network No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes At customer request Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Unknown Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the 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
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
Sortof/partially
Cache control - client caching Yes Sortof/partially
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially <3 minutes delay Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Yes
Log files Sortof/partially Logs are daily or hourly Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection ChinaCache CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Sortof/partially Only for testing No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Unknown

Support

Customer support ChinaCache CenturyLink
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public. Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes Different levels of support are available. Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support