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G-Core Labs versus CenturyLink

Easily compare G-Core Labs 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 G-Core Labs CenturyLink
Short profile G-Core Labs is a global CDN with a strong POP map in Russia and CIS. They acquired SkyparkCDN in 2017. G-Core Labs is headquartered in Luxembourg, with offices in Moscow, Minsk and Perm. 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

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  • Unknown = Unknown
Product G-Core Labs CenturyLink
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Unknown No
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 Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Mitigation Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region G-Core Labs CenturyLink
North America 12 29
Latin America 6 9
Europe 12 36
Russia & CIS 27 0
Asia excl. China 5 7
China 0 0
Oceania 2 4
Middle-East 3 4
Africa 1 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration G-Core Labs CenturyLink
Minimum contract term Unknown 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $250 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) $0.05 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.05 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.05 per GB Unknown

Features

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  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration G-Core Labs CenturyLink
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes ~30 seconds Unknown
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 ...) No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Unknown
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 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 Yes Currently in beta 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 Sortof/partially Origin headers are inherited Sortof/partially
Cache control - client caching Sortof/partially Origin headers are inherited 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 A few minutes Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all, directory and file type Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Many metrics, real-time updates Yes
Log files Yes Real-time streaming of logs to your server (Syslog) Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection G-Core Labs CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Manage self in control panel Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Secure Token Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Country Access Policy Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Referer Access Policy Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes IP Access Policy Unknown

Support

Customer support G-Core Labs CenturyLink
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes Phone, chat and email support is free and available 24/7 Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support