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Gcore versus Lumen

Easily compare Gcore 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 Gcore Lumen
Short profile Gcore is a global CDN with a focus on gaming: "We expand the geographical presence of your game and speed up downloads for your players". Gcore is headquartered in Luxembourg and employs 400+ people. Lumen (formerly known as Centurylink 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

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Product Gcore 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? Yes Live Streaming Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes VoD Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Sortof/partially Yes part of CDN Edge Compute
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes DNS Yes
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF 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 No Yes Edge Compute

Network

Region Gcore Lumen
North America 15 28
Latin America 10 11
Europe 17 35
Russia & CIS 36 0
Asia excl. China 13 7
China 0 0
Oceania 2 5
Middle-East 10 4
Africa 3 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Gcore Lumen
Minimum contract term None Unknown
Minimum monthly costs $25 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests First 1 billion free, more cost $0.0075/million Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.025 per GB Unknown

Features

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  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Gcore 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 ~15 minutes 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 Sortof/partially Custom solution (host your DNS zone ...) Extra costs Available with Section product for an additional fee
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 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 Can be different from origin host 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 Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Origin or CDN controlled Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes Origin or CDN controlled Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Always Online Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially Purge Speed Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all, directory, and by file type/pattern Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Many metrics, real-time updates Yes
Log files Extra costs Export logs to your storage. Logs are exported at the end of each hour. Yes
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Gcore Lumen
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate No Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Manage self in control panel Yes
Token authentication Yes Secure Token Yes
Geo blocking Yes Country Access Policy Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Referer Access Policy Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Yes
IP white/blacklisting Yes IP Access Policy Yes

Support

Customer support Gcore Lumen
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes Phone, chat and email support is free and available 24/7 Yes