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Cloudflare versus Lumen

Easily compare Cloudflare and Lumen 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 Cloudflare Lumen
Short profile Cloudflare provides a global CDN with unique performance capabilities and a strong focus on security. The company has a global infrastructure built from the ground up using only next-generation, high-performance equipment—no legacy software or hardware. The result is a CDN that's easy to set up, affordable, and built to continuously adapt and integrate emerging technologies to meet future needs of everyone's Internet properties. Lumen (formerly known as Centurlink or Level 3) owns and operates a global Tier-1 network and - logically - their CDN runs on top of it. Lumen CDN has POPs on many continents and their product focus is on video, large object delivery and edge computing.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Cloudflare Lumen
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Yes CDN Edge Compute
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? No Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Stream Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Image Resizing, Mirage, Polish Yes part of CDN Edge Compute
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes DNS Unknown
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Cloud Web Application Firewall Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Protection Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Workers Yes Edge Compute

Network

Region Cloudflare Lumen
North America 46 28
Latin America 38 10
Europe 43 35
Russia & CIS 7 0
Asia excl. China 37 7
China 17 0
Oceania 9 4
Middle-East 12 4
Africa 19 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Cloudflare Lumen
Minimum contract term None Unknown
Minimum monthly costs $0 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) $0 Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0 Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0 Unknown

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Cloudflare Lumen
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No Not yet, but coming soon.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes Instant Sortof/partially No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Yes Global Anycast network No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge 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 Can be an IP address 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 Extra costs Tiered Cache, included in all paid plans Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin No Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Page rules for overriding caching headers Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Sortof/partially Only 'stale while revalidate' Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes ~ 5 seconds Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge per file and purge all Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Web analytics, threats and more. Live-updating for paying customers Yes
Log files Extra costs Only for Enterprise customers, instantly available Yes
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Cloudflare Lumen
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes SNI Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs More info Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Yes
Token authentication Yes More info Yes
Geo blocking Yes Access Rules Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Sortof/partially Possible with Workers Yes
IP white/blacklisting Yes Access Rules Yes

Support

Customer support Cloudflare Lumen
Documentation Yes Yes, public. Cloudflare Community. Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Sortof/partially Email support for all. Phone only for Enterprise customers Unknown